Best Things To Do In Aransas Pass, Texas

things to do in aransas pass texas
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Join the few, the proud, the 9,000 men and women of Aransas Pass, Texas. The water from Redfish Bay laps on this small town. Aransas Pass is a coastal slice of Texas, like cheese pizza with anchovies. It is a quaint town that offers a variety of water activities from dolphin encounters to kayaking to pirate cruises. It’s not that much of a tourist destination so don’t worry about the crunch and the rush to get the best seat or the last ticket. In the summer the area is hot and humid and in the winter mild and cold. I recommend coming in Spring or Fall. Read on and discover the fun things to do in Aransas Pass:

1. Discover your inner pirate and climb aboard the Red Pirate Dragon Cruises

Posted by Red Dragon Pirate Cruises on Sunday, 7 May 2017

With the Red Dragon Pirate Cruises you can witness the pirates of Aransas Pass Texas sword fight, play music, and dance. It’s a fun time and great for the family. They also offer adventure cruises such as “Be a Pirate Adventure Cruise,” or “Bet Yer Booty,” an adult gaming cruise. If you have a special occasion coming up then take advantage of their birthday packages, weddings, and private charters.

Red Pirate Dragon Cruises

Address: 440 W Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Website: Red Pirate Dragon Cruises

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2. Meet dolphins a humane, natural way with Kohootz Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounter
Source: Photo by user Ste Elmore used under CC BY 2.0

At the sight of tourists petting dolphins in an enclosure you may wriggle with discomfort. Rest assured, with Kohootz you travel by boat through beautiful waterways that the dolphins frequently encounter. You can watch the dolphin families play with their young, and catch fish to eat. As a bonus, after the dolphins, the tour continues to the Lydia Ann Lighthouse where you can see shrimp boat fleets and a World War Two shipwreck. The dolphins our traveling in the Aransas Pass waterways, join them!

Kohootz Dolphin Encounters

Address: 506 Bigelow St, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Kohootz Dolphin Encounters

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3. Check out the sealife at Aransas Pass Aquantic Center

Posted by Aransas Pass Aquatic Center on Thursday, 5 May 2016

Pools, diving boards, beach chairs, slides, water sprouting machines galore. These await you at the Aransas Pass Aquantic Center. This is a great place to cool off and relax while you let your kids loose on the water slides. Or, if you are interested, they offer aqua aerobic lessons, private swimming lessons, and group lessons. So grab a beach chair and lay out, get your tan on, ignore your shouting kids and enjoy the Aquantic Center. But make sure you check what times they are open during the day and what seasons of the year.

Aransas Pass Aquantic Center

Address: 400 E Johnson Ave, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Aransas Pass Aquantic Center

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4. Dip your oar in the water with the Coastal Bed Kayaks

Had a blast with my girl scouts! Thank you ladies !

Posted by Coastal Bend Kayak on Monday, 5 June 2017

Coastal Bed Kayaks is a great resource for the soft hand and the callused hand. Welcoming all skill levels, instructors will take you up the Aransas Pass waterways. In the kayaks you may find yourself mere feet from the dolphins, or within sight of the rare Whooping Crane. You can also go fishing or join one of their tours around the Lighthouse Lakes, or Mustang Island State Paddling Trail. Education, entertainment, lazy fishing, what have you, you can find it all at Coastal Bed Kayaks.

Coastal Bed Kayaks

Address: 1044 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Coastal Bed Kayaks

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5. Try your luck at the Aransas Queen Casino

Motor Yacht Quantum Blue September 2015
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user DoRD used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you want to experience Aransas Pass in style, with a bit of luck involved, then board the Aransas Queen Casino. This decadent vessel offers shootout poker, bachelor party events, and delicious food. You can walk through the casino floor and not realize you are on a yacht until you look out the window and see the rolling waves. This is a unique experience, gamble some extra cash you have and have a fanstastic time!

Aransas Queen Casino

Address: 2200 TX-361, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Aransas Queen Casino

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6. Frolick in the waves like a beach boy at Rockport Beach

Posted by Rockport Beach on Friday, 23 June 2017

Don’t be fooled by the name Rockport, this beach has lovely sands and hot, balmy weather during the summer. If you want to lay out between the casino cruise, the dolphins encounter, or the kayaking, this is the place to go. The golden sands, the sublime waves, and bright sun are at Rockport Beach, also pavilions can be rented and this is a popular beach wedding destination!

Rockport Beach

Address: 210 Seabreeze Dr, Rockport, TX 78382

Website: Rockport Beach

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7. Find all the flounder, trout, red fish, and drum stringers your fishing pole itching hands desire with Charles Ives To The Limit Guide Service

Posted by To the Limit Guide Service on Friday, 2 June 2017

When your hands start to get itchy, you start to move from foot to foot, and you find your gaze drifting seaward, head to Charles Ives To The Limit Guide Service. Open to novice fishers to experts, Charles Ives will show you where the juiciest trout, red fish, flounder, and drum stringers are.

Charles Ives To The Limit Guide Service

Address: Aransas Pass, Texas

Website: Charles Ives To The Limit Guide Service

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8. Get on your yacht clothes and get your handsome hiny on down to the Handsome Sailor Yacht Club

Sailing down Lydia Ann Channel

Posted by Handsome Sailor Yacht Charters, Inc. on Monday, 11 July 2011

The Handsome Sailor Yacht Club is the oldest and most successful sailing charter company in the Texas Gulf Coast. So you know right off the back that this is probably a good place to go if you want to sail while you are at the Aransas Pass. So blast your music over the crystal blue, throw your line in, and take a joyride with the Handsome Sailor Yacht Club.

Handsome Sailor Yacht Club

Address: 6413, 508 Bigelow St, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Handsome Sailor Yacht Club

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9. Enjoy the arts at Rialto Theater

Yes! Still #1 Jazz Band on Reverbnation! We will be at the RialtobTheater Sat Feb 18th for the Party Gras fundraiser...

Posted by Rialto Theater on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Maybe you want to get out of the hot Texas sun, maybe you want to lean back in a nice plush chair and experience the cool blast of air conditioning. Rialto Theater offers just that. Lean back and experience the pleasant blue glow of a movie such as Runaway Bride or the Magnificent Seven, or a play in front of you.

Rialto Theater

Address: 327 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Website: Rialto Theater

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10. See Texas from above in a rockin' Texan plane with Texan Warbird Adventures

Posted by Texan Warbird Adventures on Sunday, 6 March 2016

You’ve seen Aransas Pass from the ground, from the sea, and now sea it from the air. The Texan Warbird Adventures offers rides in safe, half-century old airplanes for the adventuring soul. But be warned this is not for the squeamish at hart nor those prone to get motion sickness.

Texan Warbird Adventures

Address: Texas 78362

Website: Texan Warbird Adventures

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Ground, sea, and air adventures are to be found in Aransas Pass, Texas!

Aransas bay
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user National Atlas used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

If you want to discover Texas from the cockpit of a warbird, from the deck of a casino yacht, or the hollow of a kayak, then Aransas Pass is a great destination for you!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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