Aransas Attractions & Things To Do

Boating.jpgFor those who are searching for something to do in Port Aransas, you will find an array of activities that are sure to entice you. Regardless of whether you are looking for something simple and relaxing or something intense and invigorating, you are sure to find it here. From local attractions that are ready to explore today. Take a short drive to Padre Island National Seashore you will have your hands full with activities.

Garden Club Home Tour
Hosted by the Port Aransas Garden Club, guided and selfguided tours of homes ranging from "island treasures to spectacular beachfront properties" will be featured. 

Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works.  
The Museum and Farley Boat Works are dedicated to preserving and encouraging the reservation, restoration and reproduction of historical buildings, structures, sites, objects, culture and customs of Port Aransas.  The Museum, located at the corner of N. Alister Street and East Brundett Street is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 and provides visitors with a history of Port Aransas.  The Farley Boat Works, 716 Avenue C, is a restored boat shop and now is a living museum with a functional boat building shop.  Click on the image below to watch a short video of local children building their first boat. 



Whooping Crane Festival
During February, the town hosts the Whooping Crane Festival. Not only will you be able to come out and enjoy some amazing food, but also the attractions and exhibits are something that everyone will love. This annual festival commemorates the whooping cranes that make their homes in Port Aransas throughout the winter months. You can experience photography workshops, trade shows, exhibits, speakers, bus tours, boat tours and arts & crafts all in one convenient location. 

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Birding on the Boardwalk, Wednesdays 9AM 

Birders Meet Up! Join our experts at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center to experience birding from the new boardwalk. This walk will be short along our boardwalk, but offers great vistas for watching all our wonderful birds. Guides Ray Dillahunty and Leslie Hoesktra will lead the group in discovering all the Center has to offer.

All experience levels are welcome, and binoculars are available for loan.

Meet at the Leonabell Turnbell Birding Center at 9:00am


With fewer crowds and the best weather of the year, Port A’s Beachtoberfest is a must for every music, food, or culture lover in Texas. Beachtoberfest events are eight weeks of fun held September 13 -October 30, 2019.Read more at

Sand Fest
Largest Master Sand Sculpting Competition in the U.S. This family event offers attendees a weekend of fun on the beach while viewing these magnificent works of sand art. Unique "island-style" jewelry, art, crafts, food and music will be available. Always in April. Visit   for specific dates.
Harvest Moon
Annual sailboat race in October from Galveston to Port Aransas. .

Afloat boat lighting parade
Enjoy caroling aboard boats decorated for the season while cruising the city harbor. For more information, call 800-45-COAST.

Boat Charters

If you are someone who really loves the water, you can charter a boat and experience sea life at its best. Not only will you be able to fish along the water, but also you will be able to cook up your catch at the local eatery. You can sit back and enjoy consuming the fruits of your labor while sitting by the water. Everything from tuna to marlin and kingfish can be found in the waters of Port Aransas. Beyond traditional fish, you will also be able to see a number of dolphins along the way. Since dolphins are an inquisitive by nature, they will often come to your boat and try to check you out. Being able to see these creatures up close is an experience you will never forget. Dolphin tours are available for those who want the complete experience. 
More information is available about boat charters by contacting one or all of the following companies:
Deep Sea Headquarters 361-749-5597 The Warf 361-749-5448 Dolphin Docks 361-749-4188

Experience the fish, birds and sights of Port Aransas from a kayak. One of the most popular treks is that to the Lighthouse Lake Trails. Along your trek to see the Lydia Ann Lighthouse, you will see jumping fish, birds soaring high above and shrimp boats on occasion. You have the option of taking the tour alone or with a guide. Regardless of what method you choose, you are sure to love the kayaking experience.

If you are someone who loves to golf, take the time to experience Newport Dunes at Palmilla Beach Golf Course. Not only are the views amazing, but also you will love the holes on the course. Anyone who is into golf should experience the beauty and splendor of this majestic course. Enjoy wildlife, eco-friendly environments and sandy beaches along the way to a fabulous round of golf. Six acres await you on the links, so stop on out and experience the course for yourself.
To reserve a tee time visit or call 361-749-3628
Third Coast Theatre: Recording studio/concert hall. Unique setting for Texas singers/songwriters.
Click the Port Aransas Chamber link below to find other interesting things to do in Port Aransas Texas.
Keith Donley
Keith Donley
PO Box 1240 Port Aransas TX 78373