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Local Area Guide

Hit the Beach and Explore the Coast

Your Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Corpus Christi & North Padre Island Adventure!

Experience all that our South Texas Coast has to offer! We have compiled a list of our favorite things to do, activities, attractions, and places to eat around Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Corpus Christi-North Padre Island. Bookmark this page for all your South Texas Coastal Adventures!

Are you trying to decide what to do or places to eat when planning a Texas Gulf Coast getaway? This area offers something for everyone, from families with young kids to nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. Here’s your ultimate guide to fun in the sun:

Hit the Beach:

  • Port Aransas & Mustang Island: Soak up the sun on Mustang Island’s beautiful beaches like Whitecap Beach, North & South Jetties, and Packery Channel. Rent beach chairs, boogie boards, or try stand-up paddleboarding! Don’t forget to build sandcastles and search for seashells.
  • North Padre Island National Seashore: This protected coastline boasts miles of undeveloped beaches. Hike or bike along the dunes, go birdwatching, or take a 4×4 adventure down to Big Shell/Little Shell. Be sure to check out the Malaquite Visitor Center for park information and exhibits.
  • Water Activities: Fishing Paradise: Cast a line in Port Aransas, known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas.” Charter a deep-sea fishing trip or try your luck off the jetties. You might catch redfish, trout, flounder, or even sharks!
  • Dolphin Watching Tours: Hop on a boat tour and see playful dolphins frolicking in the waves.
  • Kayaking & Paddleboarding: Explore the calm waters of the Laguna Madre bay or the quiet coves around Mustang Island. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the peacefulness of the water.

Family Fun:

  • Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi): This impressive aquarium features marine life from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. See sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and colorful fish. Touch a starfish in the interactive exhibits and learn about the ocean’s wonders.
  • USS Lexington Museum on the Bay (Corpus Christi): Explore this retired aircraft carrier turned museum. Climb aboard and see historic warplanes, learn about naval aviation, and even take a flight simulator ride!
  • Water Parks (Corpus Christi): Make a splash at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston or Hurricane Alley Waterpark! These parks offer thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools, perfect for a day of family fun.

Foodie Delights:

  • Fresh Seafood: Port Aransas offers some of the freshest seafood around. Enjoy delicious shrimp platters, fish tacos, or oysters on the half shell at waterfront restaurants.
  • Tex-Mex Cuisine: Savor the flavors of Texas with a plate of sizzling fajitas, cheesy enchiladas, or a juicy carne asada.
  • Local Eats: Explore Corpus Christi’s diverse culinary scene. From casual cafes to fine dining, there’s something for every taste bud. Search our guide for top picks for places to eat.

Beyond the Beach:

  • Port Aransas Art Center: Browse local art and take a class to unleash your inner artist.
  • Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (Mustang Island): This birding hotspot attracts over 300 species of birds. Grab your binoculars and see what feathered friends you can spot!
  • Shopping in Port Aransas: Explore boutiques and shops offering souvenirs, beach gear, clothing, and local crafts.

Special Events:

  • Texas SandFest (Port Aransas, April): Witness incredible sand sculptures created by talented artists from around the world.
  • Port Aransas Shrimp Festival (August): Celebrate all things shrimp with this lively festival featuring food, music, and fun activities.
  • Corpus Christi Festival of the Arts (Bayfront Arts District, October): Immerse yourself in art with live demonstrations, artist booths selling unique creations, and live music.

This is just a taste of the many things to see and do in Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Corpus Christi, and North Padre Island. Pack your bags, grab your swimsuit, and get ready for an unforgettable Texas Gulf Coast adventure!

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