At the far southeast corner of Texas lies a remote and unique coastal park. Sea Rim State Park has 5.2 miles of Gulf shoreline and 4,000 acres of marshlands. At this park, you can camp, go birding and beach combing, paddle in a canoe or kayak, swim, fish, and walk. Stroll along the Gambusia Nature Trail, a boardwalk through the marsh. Stay at one of 15 campsites with utilities or in our cabin. We also offer primitive camping on the beach. Fish in the surf or in the marsh areas. You do not need a license to fish from shore in a state park. They also have a boat ramp. Paddle one of their trails, from the 1.79-mile easy trail to the 9.59-mile advanced trail. Experience the coast from a kayak or canoe. Bring your own or rent one at the park. Visit our great Texas beaches here. With more than five miles of coastline, they have plenty of room for fun in the sun. Hang out on the beach, fish in the bay, add birds to your life list, and explore this unspoiled barrier island park. It’s time to head to the coast!
Weather (When to Go)
The busiest month for tourism in Rockport, TX, US is March, followed by June and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Rockport in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month. During March – May, humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.4°F and 71.3°F with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do. In June – August, the weather is very comfortable with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Rockport, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more. Fall (September – November) daily highs range from 92°F and 71°F which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains a significant amount during this time. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced. Weather is somewhat cool from December -Febuary.
Things Not to Miss
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
A raised boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible extends out into the cattails for a close-up encounter with birds, alligators, fish and more. An observation tower offers a panoramic view of the pond and the surrounding flats. A free viewing scope is mounted on the tower and a free ADA-compliant scope is available at another viewing box along the boardwalk.(Viewing scopes are currently being refurbished and will return before the fall.) Birding on the Boardwalk: free guided birding tour for anyone, novice to expert. Wednesdays at 9am at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center at end of Ross Ave, with local guide Nan Dietert. For more information visit Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.
Roberts Point Park
Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas, Texas is home to waterfront family fun. Built through volunteer efforts and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Recreation grant, this 50-acre park is located on a peninsula of land that juts into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and forms a safe harbor for the municipal harbor that has 250 boat slips for permanent and transient vessels. A picnic pavilion offers shaded picnic tables adjacent to shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, Bocci court, basketball court, sand volleyball, a soccer field, and playground equipment for the younger crowd. Fisher folk can enjoy their sport from the granite jetties that mark the harbor, from the lighted fishing pier, or from the bulkhead that surrounds the park. The 1-mile bulkhead also serves as a walking, jogging, and cycling trail with benches and Palapas along the route. An observation tower overlooks the ship channel and provides an excellent spot for watching the dolphins as they bow-surf in front of the cargo ships and tankers that travel the channel. For more information visit Roberts Point Park.
Lighthouse Lakes Park
Lighthouse Lakes Park offers kayaking, fishing, birding, nature watching. Home to the largest kayaking paddle trail in the State of Texas. Established by Texas Parks & Wildlife it is located six (6) miles south of Aransas Pass along the Aransas Channel on the Redfish Bay Causeway (SH 361). There are observation decks overlooking Aransas Channel for nature sightseeing, boat watching and picnics. The area serves as the launching point for kayakers to enter the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trails, which take visitors through the back lakes behind the historic, 1857 Lydia Ann Lighthouse. The trails are the first Texas Paddling Trails created with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
One of the most popular location on Corpus Christi Bay, Shamrock cove is tucked in between Shamrock Island and Mustang Island on the east shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The water depth in the cove is 8 to 10 feet with great structure on every side of it. The eastern shore of Shamrock Island and the inlet on the north end of it known as Little Shamrock cove are good for trout, flounder and redfish. The drop offs to the deeper portions of the cove are good for trout and the flats and cuts around the cove are prime for redfish.
Things To Do
Stay at one of 48 water and electric campsites or 300 drive-up primitive sites. (The water and electric campsites are 1/3 mile from the beach.) They have water, cold-water rinse showers and portable toilets along two miles of the beach. Full restrooms and showers with hot water are located near the water-electric campground.
Paddle the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail. The Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail consists of the North Trail (8.5 miles), the Shamrock Loop Trail (5.24 miles) and the Ashum Trail (6.8 miles). All of the trails follow the western shoreline of Mustang Island in Corpus Christi Bay, and pass through some of the best shallow-water fishing areas in Texas. The Ashum Trail follows the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay over a firm sand bottom and allows for outstanding bird watching as well as sight casting opportunities. The Shamrock Loop Trail skirts the beautiful, protected waters of Shamrock Cove, where it connects with the North Trail, which follows the shoreline to East Flats and then meanders through marsh and spoil islands to the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas.
Anglers who prefer to fish from land find the four public fishing piers in Port Aransas a convenient spot to cast their lines. The jetty on the south end of the city gives you another option for fishing from shore. Each year, the city hosts the Deep Sea Roundup Tournament. The tournament provides divisions for offshore fishing and fly fishing, as well as the largest tarpon and billfish. Separate awards are presented to junior anglers. To participate in the tournament, you must obtain a Texas state fishing license and any federal permits, if required.
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$ Irie’s Island Food – Port Aransas
Irie’s Island Food is a new twist on local fare. Enjoy fast, friendly service of diverse island dishes from around the world. Irie’s island food is a new concept in beautiful Port Aransas, Texas. They sell everything from tropical inspired, late morning, breakfast to creative tacos, coastal fare, delectable street foods, and more. All of their menu items are hand made with quality ingredients and love. For information call 361-749-2310 or visit Irie’s Island Bar.
$$ Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill – Aransas Pass
Welcome to Award Winning Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill. Whether you enjoy the casual laid back lifestyle or an evening of fine dining, Redfish Willie’s is definitely your place to be. Chef Jeremy Lee has created an array of seafood, pastas, sandwiches, chicken and some downright great Cajun dishes that are enjoyed every day in the casual Redfish Willie’s setting. On that special occasion they encourage you to make reservations in their Harbor Room where Chef Jeremy serves up specialty items such as rack of lamb, osso bucco, specialty seafoods & steaks every Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information call 361-758-9991 or visit Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill.
$$ Beach & Station Street Grill – Port Aransas
Beach and Station Street Grill specializes in serving the highest quality steaks and seafood. They offer live music, beer and wine. Try the seafood platter and blackened shrimp plate, you an’t go wrong. Staff is friendly and welcoming, locals are great. Must go when on the island! For more information call 361-749-2303 or visit them on Facebook.
$$$ Roosevelt’s – Port Aransas
It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. At Roosevelt’s they believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience. For more information call 361-749-1540 or visit Roosevelt’s.
$$ Black Marlin Bar & Grill – Port Aransas
When it comes to variety, the Black Marlin Bar & Grill has it in spades. Located inside the Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club, the Black Marlin features coastal cuisine, live music and the best views of the Gulf in Texas. There simply isn’t a bad seat in the house. Whether you’re relaxing indoors at the clubhouse, dining alfresco on the patio overlooking the grand lawn or enjoying a cocktail on the third story elevated bar, the Black Marlin is in a class all its own. Situated on the island’s only golf course, Chef Kaharim Becerra has turned a casual clubhouse into a culinary hotspot. House favorites include mahi-mahi grilled tacos, pan seared gulf snapper & shrimp as well as the beef tenderloin sliders. The Black Marlin Bar & Grill is a destination all its own. Enjoy a custom cocktail or a cold cerveza while taking in incredible beach views. Swing by any Saturday night during summer and take in the live music featured in the Black Marlin Summer Concert Series. For more information call 361-749-4653 or visit Black Marlin Bar& Grill.
Bars & Nightlifend
Such a fun spot and the bartender is the best. Great drinks and great service. Beautiful view of beach, always has entertainment, live music, pool and hot tub too. For more information call 361-949-8041 or visit them on Yelp.
The Back Porch
A wonderful waterside watering hole. Friendly bartenders and patrons. The location can’t be beat. It’s outdoors, so the heat is a factor, but there’s lots of big fans and decent breeze, so it’s bearable. The drinks are cheap (and strong). The atmosphere is perfect. For more information call 361-749-2800 or visit The Back Porch.
Treasure Island Bar
A Port Aransas favorite. Their outside portion is where it’s at! The glow of the lights, the dark colored furniture, comfortable chairs, and the cool breeze that flows through makes this venue the perfect place to be on a late Friday or Saturday night. They always have phenomenal musicians that come through like Taylor Tumlinson who is actually on her way to Nashville! The bartenders and musicians and interactive, fun, and easy going and everyone loves the bartender. Stop in and don’t forget to tip the entertainment and bartenders! For more information call 361-416-1020 or visit them on Facebook.
Best of both worlds: touristy with a local vibe. Really unique decor inside. Friendly staff and patrons, plus cheap drinks (bottled beers only, no draft). They frequently have live music out on the patio. A really cool, casual spot to unwind. For more information call 361-749-8077 or visit them on Facebook.
Wild Horse Saloon & Grill
Wild Horse Saloon is a sports bar catering to the local flavor of Aransas. They offer the Sunday NFL Ticket, College Gameday, baseball and basketball packages. They have live music on Friday nights and offer the best burgers and wings in town. They are the only bar on restaurant row and offer free peanuts to their patrons. They also have blind draw doubles dart tournaments that start at 8:00pm on Thursdays, Get here by 7:30pm to register. For more information call 361-749-0105 or visit Wild Horse Saloon & Grill.
Top Mustang Island Hotels
Hampton Inn and Suites Port Aransas
This Texas hotel is just 3 miles from Port Aransas Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. A breakfast buffet and fully non-smoking rooms are available to guests. An outdoor swimming pool and a spa tub are featured on site at Port Aransas Hampton Inn and Suites. Guests can get a workout in the fitness center or read a complimentary newspaper in the lobby. A laundry facility and a business center are also accessible. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hampton Inn and Suites Port Aransas.
Offering a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, Camp Coyoacan is set in Port Aransas. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. You can play tennis at this campsite, and the area is popular for cycling. Camp Coyoacan also offers bike hire. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is 2,650 feet from Camp Coyoacan, while Port Aransas Marina is 2,950 feet from the property. Corpus Christi International Airport is 27.3 miles away. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Camp Coyoacan.
Island Hotel Port Aransas
Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay, this Port Aransas motel offers rooms with free WiFi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool located on site. Guests can play a game of billiards in the game room at Port Aransas Island Hotel. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Island Hotel Port Aransas.
The Place at Port Aransas
Located in Port Aransas, 1,950 feet from Port Aransas Marina, The Place at Port Aransas features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some accommodations include a sitting area where you can relax. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Place at Port Aransas.