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Aransas Pass, Texas Travel Guide

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Deep sea fishing in Aransas Pass

This mainland community is named for the pass between Mustang and St. Joseph Islands. Primarily a fishing community, it serves as a gateway to Port Aransas and Mustang Island, accessible by ferry or causeway from the city.

Aransas Pass is more a genuine fishing village and less a tourist destination than many other coastal communities. Most of its residents are employed in the fishing industry. Nicknamed “Saltwater Heaven,” the community gives visitors plenty of chances to try their luck landing speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, and sheepshead in the bay or aboard a deep sea excursion.

If the fishing doesn’t work out, don’t worry: the fishing industry here supplies most of the area’s excellent seafood restaurants. You’ll find plenty of dining featuring fish fresh from the sea at a variety of family-friendly eateries.

Birders find challenge here as well, thanks to the community’s place on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The town’s Newberry Park is home of Texas’s largest hummingbird garden; you’ll also have the chance to look for feathered visitors at the Conn Brown Ship Harbor and Intracoastal Channel, and the Aransas Pass Causeway area between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas.

Another popular activity here is kayaking, especially in the Lighthouse Lakes, a complex of small islands tucked between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas. Several operators offer guided kayak tours, a great way to experience this wilderness area.

Attractions

Conn Brown Harbor. This harbor is home to the fish-packing houses and the site of commercial shrimp boats docking and departing. Rent a boat to visit the coastal islands of Mustang and St. Jo, picnic, and just enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The Seamen’s Memorial Tower, a monument to the fishermen lost at sea, marks the entrance to the working harbor. From downtown, take Business 35N to Stapp Avenue, turn right, and continue to the water.

Aransas Pass Aquatic Center. This expansive water park offers lots of chances to cool off on water slides and multiple swimming pools. The center also hosts water aerobics sessions, lap swimming and family swims. 400 E. Johnson

Festivals

JUNE: Shrimporee. At this annual festival, the Gulf shrimp takes center stage for three days of cookoffs, family fun, live entertainment, and more.

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