Things to do in Port Aransas with kids

by Josh on December 5, 2012

photo of the beach at Port Aransa

What are fun things to do when you and your kids are in Port Aransas Texas?  Don’t worry there are plenty of things to do in this little Texas beach town.

Go to the Beachphoto of beach pass

This is probably the most obvious.  Get your feet in the sand and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico.  But, first head to the visitor’s center and buy a beach pass.  Then you can park your vehicle near your own little piece of the beach.

The pass is a great little reminder in your window of all the fun you had in Texas.  I can almost hear the waves crashing every time I see this little sticker in our window.


Mustang Beach is know for shells.  Shells wash up on the beach here from all over the Caribbean.  Pick up a copy of the Island Moon Newspaper to find out when low tide(best time for shelling) is and hit the beach.

Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells can make a game out of identifying the shells you find with your children.  We spent hours just wandering the shore collecting shells.


There are tons of great options when it comes to shopping.  If you just need some new photo of large walk-in sharkboard shorts, extra beach towels or souvenirs – you have plenty of choices.

We found the prices to reasonable too.  Even though this is a big tourist destination, the price are not inflated (just the beach toys are inflated Winking smile).


Eat Seafood

You are at the coast, enjoy some fresh seafood.  If you rent a house like we did, you can cook your own.  Enjoy some pan fried grouper for breakfast or enjoy all the shrimp you can eat.

If you don’t feel like cooking, there a lots of great restaurant options.  The Crazy Cajun is just one place that offer seafood in a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for families.

Build Sandcastles

It is no surprise that Port Aransas is home to Sandfest.  The sand if perfect for amateurs and professionals to build sand castles.  We spent hours just playing in the sand – time well spent.

Ferry Crossingphoto ferry crossing port aransas

Take a drive up the coast and visit Historic Rockport and Fulton.  Living in South Dakota we don’t often have a chance to experience a ferry crossing.  These large boats quickly and efficiently move you and your vehicle from the island to the coast.  Ferry service was first started in the mid 1920’s and was the only way to get to the island until 1954.


Visit Mustang Island State Park and Birding Site.  Wildlife photographers flock to this area.  Hoping for a chance to get that perfect shot of migrating birds.

Rent a Golf Cart

photo of a port a golf cartGet around the island in open air style.  A golf cart is a great way to explore this little beach town.  There are plenty of place to rent from.  You may want to call ahead and reserve one on busy weekends or during the peak season.



Just soak up the sun and relax when you are in Port Aransas, Texas.  You are at the beach, don’t make a schedule.  Don’t plan.  Just let your day unfold.

There is just something very relaxing about having your feet in the sand.  And, knowing the only thing you have to do today is be.

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