Things to Do
Dive into Fun (Watersports and Beach)
Everything needed for the perfect beach vacation is awaiting you in Port Aransas & Mustang Island!
With 18 miles of wide, sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, there are endless ways to make a splash during your Port Aransas vacation:
- Surf, boogie board, sail or jet ski in the warm gulf waters
- Soar the skies parasailing, kiteboarding or windsurfing
- Grab a paddle and go exploring on a stand up paddleboard or kayak
Known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas”, Port Aransas boasts the best in all areas of the sport. Anglers can take an off-shore excursion, fish the bays and channels, and cast a line in the surf or from one of the lighted public piers. Fishing tournaments abound during the summer, with one nearly every weekend, ranging from kids to women only and billfish to redfish tournaments.
Arts & Culture
Port A’s thriving arts community includes casual studios, galleries and the Port Aransas Art Center, which features works of art from local artists and numerous year-round classes and events.
Step back in time at the Port Aransas Museum. Exhibits showcase early island living to the present day.
Farley Boat Works showcases the history of boat building in Port Aransas and offers a working boat shop, where visitors can watch or participate in building a boat.
Nature & Birding
Port A’s five nature preserves feature hiking and bike trails, boardwalks and wildlife observation areas. Enjoy a dolphin watching cruise, beachcomb for seashells, or learn about sea turtles and marine birds at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.
Located in the heart of the Central Flyway, Port Aransas & Mustang Island are a birder’s paradise. Hundreds of species of resident birds and thousands of migrants can be found here. With six sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail, Mustang Island is the optimal spot for bird watching.
Numerous shops, boutiques, and galleries appeal to the casual shopper and shopaholic alike. Browse for unique home decor, island inspired fashions and souvenirs that bring lasting memories of Port Aransas & Mustang Island.
The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – discover the thriving nightlife, theatre and live music scene of Port A Live.