Port Aransas Bucket List

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Port Aransas

Fun things to do in Port Aransas

Your locals guide to endless fun in Port Aransas, Texas!

From sun-soaked beaches and sandcastles to thrilling fishing charters, dolphin-watching, festivals, live music, and vibrant local eateries, there’s something for everyone. 

Dive into adventure with water sports like surfing and parasailing, and aerial tours, or simply unwind with a stroll along the picturesque shoreline. Plan your unforgettable getaway filled with excitement and relaxation in charming Port Aransas.

Beach Please!! The beach is always calling your name here in Port Aransas!  Check out our ultimate guide to enjoying beach days in Port Aransas, Texas. From choosing the perfect beach spot to safety tips and fun activities, make the most of your seaside adventure with our comprehensive tips and recommendations. 

Kid Fun! We have candy shops, kite shops, ceramic-making shops, pirate ship cruises and more. So much great family fun to be had! Click here for our locals insight on things to do with kids in Port Aransas. Our comprehensive Kid Fun list will keep kids of all ages entertained and hopefully worn out by the end of the day! Be sure to book your ride on the Red Dragon!  

Catch Some Live Music: Join the locals and visitors alike with the sounds of Port Aransas, where the music nevers stops and good times are always in tune. When in Port Aransas, you absolutely must see live music. Port Aransas is officially a “Music Friendly Community” by the Texas Music Office. You can find many local artists playing at plenty of fun and lively restaurants and bars around town. Click here for our calendar of upcoming concerts and events. 

Nightlife Experience the vibrant nightlife of Port Aransas, Texas! From lively beach bars to cozy lounges, the island comes alive after dark with music, laughter, and unforgettable moments. Dance the night away to live bands, sip handcrafted cocktails under the stars or simply soak in the laid-back coastal atmosphere. Click here for the Nightlife in Port Aransas.

Hit The Best Festivals: Whether it’s a big one like Sandfest or Palmfest, or Barefoot Mardi Gras. Something is always going on, like the Port A Days Festival or Whooping Crane Festival. 

Have Some Free Fun: If you want to enjoy Port Aransas on a budget, see our big list of Free fun things to do in Port A. There’s no shortage of great experiences for free!

But wait there is so much more:

Go Golfing: Swing on over to Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf Club for a fun, fresh, fast play, and Texas’ only True Links course. Originally designed by Arnold Palmer, Palmilla is now a 12-hole course, including 9 holes of regulation play plus The Loop, a 3-hole short course. Everyone is welcome. There is no membership required. Cart supplied and clubs are available.

Big Shell Beach Bikes: Cruise around in style on a fat tire or cruiser-style beach bike! Big Shell Beach Bikes has been your go-to bike rental in Port Aransas since 2010! Rent ’em for the day or for your whole stay! Scan and go from a pickup location or get them delivered right to your door. Check the map for location and self-guided tours around town. Reserve yours now!

Learn to Surf: Gulf of Mexico has the perfect waves for learning to surf. Billabong Surf Camps are open during the summer months and offer surf lessons to anyone of any age. You can secure private lessons, or week-long group camps are also available.

Boat Tours:  Embark on an unforgettable adventure with a boat tour in Port Aransas, Texas.  Serene sunset cruise or an adrenaline-pumping fishing expedition book your voyage today. So many to choose from. Which boat tour is right for you?

Port Aransas Community Theatre: Enhance your cultural experience with live theater performances at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, locally known as PACT. Check out their website or our calendar for upcoming performances.

Holidays:  Spend your holidays with us in Port Aransas! We have fireworks for the 4th of July, Memorial Day is fun-filled, Mother’s Day shopping sales, Father’s Day fishing excursions, Veterans Day discounts, and Thanksgiving and Christmas specials all around town! Port A treats every day like a holiday!

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On my Port A Bucket List, I can't wait to.... dance to Live Music, go surfing, go fishing, go on a boat tour, see dolphins.

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