Experience the beaches, fishing, and festivals in Port Aransas!

Port Aransas is a town on Mustang Island, a barrier island off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its location, Port Aransas is a popular destination for outdoor activities, but the city also impresses with galleries and heritage sites.

The first inhabitants of Port Aransas were Karankawa Indians. In the early 1800s the area was frequented by pirates and buccaneers. To see and hear about the local folklore, visit Port Aransas Museum.

Walking or cycling around is easy since the town is flat and compact. Alternatively, travel on the cheap trolley that runs from Roberts Point Park and Marina to RV parks in the south.

Visit the 8-mile (13-kilometer) coastline of Port Aransas to enjoy the town’s beaches and rent equipment from one of the local shops. Beach buggies are a fun way to see the waterfront and you can explore Corpus Christi Bay on a Jet Ski or kayak. Book in for dolphin-spotting or deep-sea fishing trips departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

View some of the 500 local bird species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. To see marine life, including seahorses, visit the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit Mustang Island State Park. The kids will love rolling down the large sand dunes here. Consider camping on the beach; it’s a great way to see local wildlife, such as raccoons, opossums and gophers.

Find work by local artists at coastal galleries. Live music is a big part of the Port Aransas’ entertainment scene as well. Local and national bands perform every Friday and Saturday night at a local bar.

Access to the town is via the free Aransas Pass ferry crossing in the north or the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway in the south, connecting Mustang Island with Corpus Christi on the mainland.

Known for

Beaches, Fishing and Ports

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Where to stay in Port Aransas

Old Town
Port Aransas featuring art and interior views as well as an individual femail

Old Town

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4.5/5(114 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Old Town, you can explore the larger area and discover places like IB Magee Beach Park and Horace Caldwell Pier.

Top Hotels in Port Aransas

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Plantation Suites & Conference Center
2 out of 5
1909 State Hghway 361, Port Aransas, TX
$64
per night
Oct 17 - Oct 18
4/5Very Good! (1,291 reviews)

"This was our second time here and will definitely"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Red Roof Inn Port Aransas
Red Roof Inn Port Aransas
1.5 out of 5
300 W Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX
$53
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.3/5Excellent! (172 reviews)

"I was a little hesitant on what the rooms would look like but they ended up wonderful. They look like they were recently renovated."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Red Roof Inn Port Aransas
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port Aransas/Beach Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port Aransas/Beach Area
2.5 out of 5
727 S 11th St, Port Aransas, TX
$91
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.2/5Very Good! (441 reviews)

"The building looked new and very clean. Just needs a little more sound proofing."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port Aransas/Beach Area

Popular things to do in Port Aransas

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi

4/5(50 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day with the family at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi as part of your trip to Corpus Christi. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Port Aransas

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Corpus Christi, TX
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Corpus Christi, TX

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Operation City Quest of Corpus Christi, TX
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Operation City Quest of Corpus Christi, TX

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Reviews of Port Aransas

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

I was there for a sailboat regatta. I didn't intend to visit museums, etc. The town is friendly and is always extremely accommodating and friendly to our sailboat crew and race committee and our events for the race.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Everything is new and it is clean and enough patrolling to keep it safe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2019

Loved it!!!

5/5 - Excellent

HaTran

Sep 26, 2019

Beautiful beach.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

We had a great time, wish there was more time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

It's a beautiful little City with the most friendly locals. Love it here. Definitely coming back.