Hands down the best part of living in Texas is being able to enjoy a wide variety of landscapes, climates and cultures. We’ve got it all in our great state. Port Aransas is no exception. With 18 miles of beaches, top notch Gulf of Mexico fishing, lush golf courses, delicious restaurants, and ample shopping, you just can’t go wrong planning a vacation to this classic Texas gulf city.
Ranked the number one activity in South Texas, you can skydive in Port Aransas over Mustang Island. You’ll free fall for 45 seconds, while attached to a professional skydiver who ensures you are safe the entire time. With over 2600 dives and students who range between 18 and 84 years in age, this activity is one that everyone can enjoy.
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Tucked away where it’s almost hard to find, this wetland allows you to enjoy a variety of bird species including many green and blue heron. There is also an alligator that calls this sanctuary home. The best time to visit is in the morning or evening, as that’s when birds are most active and feeding. They tend to hide when the sun is most strong in an attempt to stay cool.
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Free to enjoy this attraction is designed to educate adult and children alike on marine life that calls Port Aransas home. This includes sea horses, eels, oysters, and a variety of fishes. It’s a great place to get away from the heat and enjoy a hands on educational experience with the family. Although it says it is open on Sundays, only the gift shop is, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.
Port Aransas Beach
No trip to Port Aransas is complete without a trip to the beach! Clean, warm water and gorgeous sand makes this the perfect place to lay out and work on your tan, enjoy lunch by the water, or fish. This beach has a lifeguard and car free locations so you don’t have to worry about hearing traffic while trying to relax.
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