Port Aransas attractions

Island in Port Aransas

San José Island

A privately owned island just across the ship channel from Port Aransas, known as St Jo to locals. This squat desert island, 2 miles at its widest but 21 miles long, is popular for fishing and beachcombing. There ar…
Beach in Port Aransas

IB Magee Beach Park

The main access point to this county-run park is via Beach St (try to remember that). The park has rest rooms, the Horace Caldwell fishing pier and seasonal concession stands. Day use is free, but beach camping is $…
Nature Reserve in Port Aransas

Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture

Over 1200 acres of nature preserve look out over the bird-filled marshes and salt flats on the east side of town. The 2-mile-return boardwalk stroll leads to several observation decks and a tower on Salt Island, fro…
Nature Reserve in Port Aransas

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

A short boardwalk runs through the tall grass to an observation tower with wide-open views over the nature reserve and ship channel. Local guides run a free birding tour Wednesday at 9am.
Museum in Port Aransas

Port Aransas Museum

Volunteers make this small museum a delightful place to learn the history of Port A, from sand (when this was just a barrier island) to sea (when the residents were professional fishers) to sand and sea (when the ec…
Museum in Port Aransas

University of Texas Marine Science Institute

The tiny school's education center has views of the busy shipping channel and exhibits about dunes, sand, fish and the myriad local bird species.
Landmark in Port Aransas

Lighthouse Lakes Park

This otherwise unremarkable city park is the most accessible put-in and take-out point for the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail.