Activities Guide for Port Aransas, Texas


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Port Aransas Community Theater

The Mission of the Port Aransas Community Theatre (PACT) is to entertain, inform, and educate, thereby enriching the cultural life of the Texas Coastal Bend area. PACT shall provide area residents and visitors the opportunity to attend and participate in quality presentations of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. PACT shall provide education in the theatre arts to adults, young adults and children. In meeting these goals, PACT shall be mindful of the standards of its audiences and shall maintain fiscally sound management.

Please visit their website for a list of events, classes and workshops.

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s riley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
Things to Do:
-Canoeing and Kayaking
-Watch Sea Turtles

For more information, please visit their website.

Keepers at Horace Caldwell Pier

About Keepers: From the 1950s to present day, Keepers Pier has always been revered as one of the best and most productive fishing piers on the entire US Gulf Coast. It’s location, water depth, and abundance of fish species can make for an outstanding fishing experience that will leave you with memories for years to come. Our concrete Pier stretches 1230 feet out into the Gulf; putting you on the same fish you will find on a boat 10-15 miles out. The record fish for the pier is a 13’7″, yes that’s 13 Feet, 7 inch Tiger Shark. That was caught back in the 60s, but the most recent record was an 11′ 7″ Tiger Shark caught on Memorial Day 2003. Today you can find almost every saltwater species at Keepers Pier. Today anglers catch Pompano, Tarpon, King Fish, Shark, Speckled (Spotted) Sea Trout, Red Fish, Black Drum, Catfish.


Known to casual and serious anglers alike as the “Fishing Capital of Texas,” Port Aransas offers challenges and a string of rewards for everyone. Virtually every type of angler casting around for a hot spot will find their own paradise here. You can even bring your fresh catch to a local eatery and have them cook it up, just the way you like it, while you sit back and enjoy dining waterside.

Bay and Shallow Water:
Bay fishing is also outstanding in the waterways surrounding Mustang Island, where limits of redfish, flounder, black drum and trout are common.
Deep Sea:
Launch your boat from one of our many marinas or hire a private charter for the fishing trip of a lifetime. Tackle the deep blue waters on an offshore excursion and reel in kingfish, sailfish, marlin, tuna and more.
Pier and Jetty:
For those that prefer to keep their feet dry, Port Aransas has four public, lighted fishing piers and the popular south jetty for around the clock casting.
Fishing Tournaments:
Competitive fishing is big business in this little town. ‘Port A’ hosts over 20 fishing tournaments during the summer months ranging from kids to women only and billfish to redfish tournaments.

Winton's Candy

We’re proud to be a family-owned unique confectionary experience that has kept customers coming back year after year for our tasty treats. When you’re here for a visit on the island, we’d love to see you! But if you can’t make it, you can order online, and we’ll send it straight to your doorstep.

Please visit their website for a list of candy they offer and hours.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

They offer a variety of interactive entertainment aboard our unique 70' pirate ship! Join us as we sail the waters of Aransas Bay just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Our pirate crew entertains with activities that include sword fighting, music, and dancing. We offer a variety of adventurous cruises, such as our "Be a Pirate Adventure Cruise," a "Bet Yer Booty" adult gaming cruise, as well as birthday packages, weddings, school field trips, private charters, special events, and more! Be sure to call and make a reservation to guarantee your seats or order tickets online. Don't miss the boat!

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.

Port Aransas Art Center

Galleries of fine art, gift shop, classes & exhibits to promote art & culture. 501(c)(3) Non-profit since 1996. Mission: The Port Aransas Art Center is a community of artists and art patrons who value Art and is dedicated to fostering and supporting the creative process that is Art. The Center provides time, space, resources and art education for an enthusiastic and ever increasing audience.

Please visit their website for a list of events, classes and workshops.

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium showcases an astonishing variety of marine species, colorful and each with their own unique characteristics. Underwater exhibits offer a spectacular structure and an emotional trip across the immensity of the oceans. Pathways wind in and around jungle habitats teeming with life, including vibrant coral formations, cenotes, and beautiful fauna and flora. Their exhibits are divided according to geographic region, featuring animals from the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Break into the mesmerizing secrets of the underwater world or journey through jungles with tropical plants and trees, flamingos, macaws, sharks, alligators, and much more.

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.

San Jose Island

San Jose Island is privately owned. Historically a ranch, today the island is managed principally for wildlife. Access is permitted only on public land, meaning that you must stay on the beach below the vegetation line. But that is exactly where a wealth of birding, shelling, fishing and beach combing can be found. Take a boat to San Jose Island to enjoy bird watching, fishing, shelling and swimming. Book Now!

Palmilla Golf Course

An Arnold Palmer Signature Design awaits you at Palmilla Beach Golf Club with 18 championship holes carved out of untamed native dunes on the rugged coast line of the Gulf of Mexico. Palmilla Beach challenges golfers with ocean breezes, rolling fairways lined with native grasses and imposing greens. Check out the Black Marlin Bar and Grill located at Palmilla.

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.

Horses on the Beach

Horses On The Beach : Corpus
Although operating in the same location that was formerly owned by the 'Mustang Riding Stables', Horses On The Beach Corpus Christi is an entirely new and separate company. Ownership & management are new, the facilities have been cleaned & upgraded, with small improvements continuing to develop on a weekly basis. A recent article in a local newspaper highlighted the established family history of Manager, Brennan Wells, who hails from four generations of horse stable ownership in South Padre Island. Horses On The Beach Corpus Christi is focused is on offering the unique experience of riding horseback on the beach to both young & old, beginner to advanced, and anyone in between. It is our hope & desire to help you create this memorable experience.

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.

Texas Surf Camps and Surfing Lessons

There is only one Texas Surf Camps and this is it! Our mission is to share our love for surfing and the ocean with everyone across Texas, the nation, and the world while having the most fun in the safest environment. Our many programs offer the best surfing experience on the Gulf Coast because we have the best instructors and we truly love to share with others. Whether you are brand new to surfing or are looking to travel the world as a professional, Texas Surf Camps has a program to fit your needs and help you reach your goals or just have a great time. We provide private surfing lessons to all ages and skill levels, year round, by appointment, in Port Aransas, Galveston, and Corpus Christi. No experience necessary. All equipment provided. Scheduling of lessons is subject to instructor availability. The more notice we have, the more likely it is that we can accommodate your request. Please try to give us at least 24-48 hours’ notice to schedule a lesson.

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.

Gear Rentals and Tours

Once you’ve made your accommodation reservation with us, we’re here for you each step of the way to assist with making sure your trip is a success from beginning to end. We have connections and years of local expertise that many other agencies lack. Expert insight = a better vacation. Sharing our knowledge to help design our guest’s dream vacations is something we’ve loved doing for over 10 years. In an industry where quality and local expertise are everything, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your working with island travel gurus. We know the best places to stay and the best places to play!

Here is a list of some of the service activities we can arrange for you:
- Surf Boards and Surfing Instruction
- Boating
- Fishing
- Jet Ski Rentals
- Dolphin Watching
- Golfing
- Paddle Board Rentals
- Sandcastle Building

For Rental Equipment you can call Silver Sands or visit Island Surf Rentals.
Phone Number: 361-749-0822

Port A Shopping

Shops, galleries and boutiques galore offer island treasures that reflect the unique laid-back attitude of Port ‘A’. Browse for unique home décor, island inspired fashions, and essential gifts from the heart that bring lasting memories of Mustang Island.
Stroll the village atmosphere of Port Aransas and get a taste of the island’s businesses. Enjoy their friendly service, laid-back surroundings and character.

Some of our favorites:
- My Coastal Home
- Georgia's A Children's Boutique
- Cita
- Roam
- Lone Star Taste
- Coastal Closet
- Susan Castor Collection
- Stephanie's Stuff
- Indigo Eclectic
- Gratitude

Golf Cart Rentals

A cart from Silver Sands Golf Cart Rentals will help make your stay in Port A exciting and memorable. We are a locally owned and operated family business. We know that there is no better way to explore Port A than in one of our golf carts. We are open 7 days a week and will deliver the fun to you! You’ll love cruising the beach or riding around Port Aransas in one of our 4- or 6- seat golf cart rentals. Our brand new golf carts have extended roofs and windshields. Load up the kids and dogs — and ride around in comfort and style! To give you more time to enjoy the beach, we offer free delivery and pickup. We also have 24-hour maintenance (if the cart goes down, you can call at anytime). You can relax and enjoy Port A. You’re on “Island Time.”
With some of the best prices in town, our golf carts are an affordable way to see Port A. There is no better way to experience the beach, restaurants, shops and other Port A attractions than in one of our golf carts.


Sandcastle Building

You can have the Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy build a sculpture for any occasion. Openings, beach parties, logos, Family greeting cards, wedding proposals, all are great reasons to have a sand-sculpture.

Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park is a five mile stretch of sandy beach along Mustang Island’s coastline, giving visitors the experience of a state park without traveling far from amenities in Port Aransas and Corpus Christi.

Bob Hall Pier at Padre Balli Beach

Padre Balli Beach is the locals’ most beloved 400-acre stretch of coast, known for surfing, shore fishing, and the famous Bob Hall Pier. Acclaimed as the best fishing spot on the Gulf Coast, Bob Hall Pier juts out 1,240 feet into deep waters, making it an esteemed sanctuary for anglers to discover new types of fish, including grouper and speckled trout. While the pier itself is undergoing renovations and is not accessible to the public, the entirety of Padre Balli Park offers a wonderful beach experience.
Here you’ll find miles and miles of picture-perfect sand and waves. Pop into Beach Bum Rentals, conveniently located near Padre Balli Park Rd., and rent a golf cart for the day to cruise the area like a local would. If you happen to forget any of your beach bag essentials, the park office has you covered. There you’ll find quintessential coastline items such as beach buckets perfect for collecting shells to take home, sports equipment for activities, and sunblock.
If you're in search of the ultimate beach camping adventure, look no further! Padre Balli Park offers a spectacular camping experience with almost 100 paved campsites suitable for RVs, 12 hardtop areas for tents with electrical and water hookups, ADA-accessible amenities, a bathhouse, and more. Camping fees include the use of the shower house and WiFi access, should you need it. With the long stretch of gorgeous shore and plenty of ways to heighten your visit, it’s no wonder this sunny spot attracts locals and visitors year-round!

Parasailing Lessons with Chute ‘Em Up Parasail

Please visit their website for hours, pricing and more information.