Free Things to Do
Free Things To Do
Needs no explanation as that is probably the reason you came to Port Aransas to begin with! Here is the full Nature Tour Map of Port Aransas.
Leonbelle Birding Center
The Leonbelle Birding Center showcases our vast variety of bird life. Be on the lookout for Boots, our resident 14-foot alligator!!
Walk the Jetty
This is one of my favorite things to do! On a good day when the waves aren’t too high, you can make it to the end. But be careful the rocks are wet and can be slippery/slimy in some spots and always be mindful of the water you never know when a big wave may come crashing over!!
Charles Pasture is a bike/walking trail from the Community Park through the pasture and ending at the ship channel. The Nature Preserve offers a free Nature Walk every Saturday at 8am. The tour meets at the Community Park. Free Nature Preserve Yoga at the pavilion in Charlie’s Pasture every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Register for both at porta.recdesk.com.
Robert’s Point Park
Roberts Point is a great place to spend the day. Lots of picnic tables, play areas, and even fishing!
Free Concerts on the 2nd Friday of each month from March through October.
Catch Sand Crabs
Sand Crabs can be found all along the beach. They like to dig holes in the sand to hide in. You can usually spot these holes pretty easily with their little crabby footprints leading you right to them.
Once you find the holes either wait for them to come out or dig them out. This is especially fun at night with a flashlight. Be sure to let the little guys go unharmed.
Playground, skatepark, dog park- We have the best community park! Multi-story play structure for the kiddos, skate park, bike trails, dog park, disc golf, pickleball (see below), and even a swimming pool! You can see the pool info below in the low-price activities.
If you enjoy pickleball, be sure to check out the Port A Pickleball courts located in the Community Park at 700 Clark Ave. If you don’t have your own gear you can check out the equipment for FREE by calling Parks and Rec at (361) 749-4158
Be sure to stop in the Art Center and look at all the beautiful beach-inspired art! Located at 104 N. Allister
Mural TourPort A
Mural TourPort A is a beautiful and colorful beach town you can spend a few hours or a whole day cruising around looking at murals and taking fun pics with them! Here is our Mural Art Map!
UT Marine Science Center
855 E. Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas Texas 78373.
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The newly renovated Patton Center for Marine Science Education features eight large aquaria and engaging interactive displays, that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the local marine life and the research that is conducted at the University Marine Science Institute and its Mission-Aransas Reserve program
Ut-Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Dr. Port Aransas Tx 78373
If you’re looking for something that’s free and educational, look no further than the UT Marine Science Institute. Located on the road to the jetty, you will find the beautiful facilities that house a mini aquarium experience, including a touch tank with urchins, starfish and more. There are tons of interactive educational games as well as puppets & a tower viewer overlooking the wetland center. A fishing boat complete with fishing poles and pretend fish is perfect for playing pretend and perfect for mom to get a few cute pictures while the kids play. My favorite feature was their touch screens that have “ask a scientist”, where kids can choose FAQs from a list of different scientists and hear the pre-recorded responses from the scientists themselves. Don’t forget to ask about joining in on an ARK turtle tour or you can register yourself here.
Low Price Activities
Bring a pole or rent one out at Island Tackle. Be sure to check out our fishing page for the best local spots.
San Jose Island
San Jose Island is a deserted island just on the other side of the Port Aransas shipping channel. To access the north side of the channel, you need to catch a ride on The Jetty Boat. It runs daily from Fisherman’s Wharf in Port Aransas to a private dock on the other side. The back-to-nature island offers excellent fishing, birding, and beach combing. This is a walk-on boat only, so be sure to pack snacks and drinks as there are NO accommodations on the North Side. We would also suggest a pull-behind wagon to help carry your gear. It is $18.00 for anyone 13 or older, $9.00 for ages 6-12, and Ages 5 and under are free. Be sure to check The Jetty Boat Schedule for departure and return times. Reservations are not required.
Rent A Bike
Rent a bike from Big Shells Bikes!! Only $25 for a half-day rental!! Pick one up at 905 Hwy 361 (Port A Beer Hut)
800 Access Rd 1-A (Executive Keys Condominiums) or give them a call to get them delivered for $20.
Fly – It Port A has almost every kite you could imagine! Flying a kite is everyone’s favorite pastime, and the kids will love it too! Kite flying is perfect for the beach or the park.
The Port A Community Pool is an inexpensive way to spend the day. Ages 19-59 is $2 and only $1 for 18 and under and 60 and up!!
At Fire It Ceramics you pick out a preformed ceramics piece, paint and get it “fired” (the finishing step). All the pieces are clearly labeled. The smallest ones are only $1 and go up from there.
Amos Rehabilitation Keep Tours at the Marine Science Institute – The University of Texas at Austin – Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 10 am. Only 15 people were allowed on the tour. $10/person; three and under are free.
Looking for the perfect beach book to read on your vacation or need to rent a video to relax at the beach house? Be sure to stop by the Library and browse around. A non-resident Library card is $10/year