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Port Aransas, Texas
403 W. Cotter
Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-5919
www.portaransas.org
Port Aransas, Texas

Attractions in Port Aransas and Mustang Island

With its great assortment of attractions, Port Aransas is the fun-and-funky beach escape that could be just the antidote to your same old routine.

You’ll find amazing natural vistas, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and fun places to entertain the whole family.

Read on to see a selection of attractions in Port Aransas and start planning your next trip to this gem of the Gulf Coast today.

 


Farley Boat Works
Originally established in 1915, Farley Boat Works (FBW) was reopened in 2011 as part of the Port Aransas Museum. Named for legendary boat-building brothers Barney and Fred Farley, the organization now offers classes and workshops with names like “Model Skiff Building,” “Family Boatbuilding,” and “Build a Pygmy Kayak.” In October, FBW helps put on the plyWooden Boat Festival, a can’t-miss event for devotees of the craft.
716 West Avenue C
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(210) 218-9961


Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
One of the best ways to enjoy Port Aransas’ awesome natural beauty is with a trip to this nature center on Mustang Island. A long, well-maintained boardwalk with benches, free telescopes, and an observation tower makes for excellent up-close views of local wildlife, including alligators, crabs, redfish, and a huge variety of birds.
710 West Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-4111


Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club
Golfers rejoice! Port Aransas is home to a bucket-list-worthy links-style course designed by the one and only Arnold Palmer. You’re in for a battle with the wind and imposing greens, but even if you bogey every hole you’ll be too taken by the views over wild dunes to the Gulf of Mexico beyond to care.
258 Snapdragon
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-4653


Port Aransas Museum
Learn the story of Port Aransas at this museum housed in an early 1900’s “kit” house. Thousands of photos and documents, films of the area from the 20’s and 30’s, and pieces of the famous Lydia Ann Lighthouse dating back to 1878 are some of the fascinating artifacts on display. Open Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
North Alister Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-3800


San José Island
Although this beautiful, 21-mile barrier island is privately owned, the public has access to the beach, which is where you’ll want to head anyway. Opportunities abound for birding and fishing, and it’s a popular spot for shelling and beachcombing as well. To get there, take the $12 ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(1-800) 452-6278

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Port Aransas, Texas
403 W. Cotter
Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-5919
www.portaransas.org
Port Aransas, Texas

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