Port Aransas is a beautiful beachside vacation destination in Texas. Known for its great beaches, natural wildlife, and friendly town atmosphere, Port Aransas is a great place for a getaway for anyone looking to relax and unwind. Although you can likely expect lovely warm and sunny weather in Port Aransas year-round, occasionally you’ll experience a rainy day or two here. However, a bit of rain doesn’t mean that your vacation is ruined! Take the opportunity to explore the town of Port Aransas and pass the time until the clouds clear and the beaches open again. Keep reading to find out our top picks for rainy day activities in Port Aransas!
Port Aransas Museum & Farley Boat Works
It is easy to be disappointed when you’re rained out during your beach vacation, but the silver lining is that it offers you plenty of opportunity to explore the town of Port Aransas! One of the top sites in town is the Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works. These two destinations are less than a mile apart and both offer great insights into the rich history of the Port Aransas area. At the Port Aransas Museum, you’ll find the interesting artifacts such as The Fourth Order Fresnel lens that graced the top of the Lydia Ann Lighthouse from 1878 to 1952, the bell from the train that brought the rocks to build the jetties, and vintage films of Port Aransas from the 1920s and 30s. Farley Boat Works was originally established in 1915 and recently re-established in 2011. This fully functioning boat shop is a living exhibit of boats from past, present, and even future as new boats are continually being built here. The Port Aransas Museum is open Thursdays-Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm and offers free admission, although donations are kindly encouraged. Farley Boat Works is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8am-12pm and 1pm-3pm and Satrudays and Sundays from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Admission to Farley Boat Works is also free! Both of these attractions are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and take in some local history in Port Aransas.
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Many people choose to visit Port Aransas due to its abundance of natural wildlife on both the shores and the land. On a rainy day when you can’t enjoy these in the wild, why not head to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and learn more? The Marine Science Institute has long been a fun destination in Port Aransas for both tourists and locals alike but has been closed for several years following damage from Hurricane Harvey. Recently renovated and newly opened, the Marine Science Institute is open for visitors Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Admission here is free, and the Institute is full of exhibits that showcase the natural habitats found around the Port Aransas area and features interactive exhibits that are sure to delight family members of all ages. Outside of the institute is a great photo op with the sculpture “Interdependency” from local sculptor Kent Ullberg. This sculpture, from a distance, appears to be a straightforward depiction of a fish leaping out of the water. However, as you get closer, you’ll find details of other ocean creatures within the sculpture that highlight the connectedness of the coasts and the oceans. This sculpture is a great visual reminder that drives home the message of everything you’ll learn from your visit to the Marine Science Institute. Any ocean lover will be delighted by an afternoon spent here!
Port Aransas and Mustang Island Chamber of Commerce
On a rainy day in Port Aransas, learn more about where to spend your time by making a stop at the local Chamber of Commerce. Open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm, this is a great place to visit to learn more about fun activities, sites, and destinations in the area and get some great facts and stories from the staff here. Not only can you find out about great local destinations, but also find out about great dining spots in the area and learn the best places to rent equipment and hit the water once the sun comes out again. Whether it’s your first time in Port Aransas or you’ve visited several times before, the Chamber of Commerce is a great stop in town to find out all the news in Port Aransas!
A visit to Port Aransas is usually filled with lots of sun, surf, and fishing, but don’t let a rainy day spoil all the fun. You can still enjoy a great day vacationing in Port Aransas, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Learn more about the local history and the wildlife here during your rainy day in Port Aransas! For a great beachside Texan vacation, book your trip to Port Aransas today!
Port Aransas is a beautiful place to be in the Spring at the beach in Texas!
Although most avoid the party side of Spring Break in March, there are those who enjoy the beautiful beaches of Port Aransas after the party ends. Vacation in Port Aransas tend to lean towards enjoyment, relaxing and taking a break from it all…but sometimes in the summer you don’t receive a very personal and intimate time due to the high volume of travelers. If you haven’t tried visiting Port Aransas in the Springtime, try it just once! And if you are here, these 3 things to know about visiting our beautiful Port A will benefit the time you spend here with us.
Vacation Tip #1
If you know spring then you know that the weather is sometimes hit or miss due to the season but we think our beach is pretty all the time! Be sure to pack a light jacket and a pair of pants. When the sun goes down it can be chilly sometimes. Just to be on the safe side… You just never know what you’re going to get during the Spring time in Port Aransas, Texas. When you’re away from home it is better to be safe than sorry so it never hurts to bring a bottle of mosquito spray anywhere you go when you’re traveling in Texas.
Vacation Tip #2
Bring a Camera! Spring is the prettiest season of Port Aransas. Everything is in bloom from the dunes to the landscaping. You are sure to catch beautiful hibiscus and so many native wild flowers during the spring season. You will appreciate the memories and so will your friends. This is also a great time of year to take family shots with all of the natural beauty that will be gleaming around you.
Vacation Tip #3
Watch the calendar!– You can see all of the “things to do” and events that Port Aransas has going on, on each Monthly segment of our blog post entitled the, “Island Matters.”
There are so many things to enjoy during the Spring in Port Aransas. For one, Texas Sandfest is the largest sand sculpting competition in the world and it is hosted right here in Port A! Competitors travel from all over the world to sculpt in this “invitation only” event. Three days with master creations of sand, entertainment, family fun and beach. The Texas Sandfest is a great festival for families as well as the adult age. This year’s dates for the Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas are April 29-May 1st, this is a Friday-Sunday event and with a $5 purchase of a wristband, you are able to roam about the grounds and return each day with out paying-as long as you have your wristband. Children 12 and under get in for free!
Besides Sandfest, there are a couple of fishing competitions during April and May. Such as the IFA Redfish Tour that is presented by Cabelas (April 1st-3rd 2016) and the televised HT-3 professional fishing competition (May 18-21st, 2016).
Every First Friday of the month there is an art reception that is open to the public at the Port Aransas Art Center starting at 5:30 pm. You can enjoy great local artists and refreshments as you experience the Port Aransas community and celebrate this art festival with them.
A Memorable Vacation in Port Aransas
After checking out our useful tips for your vacation in Port Aransas, don’t forget to book your stay in one of our amazing vacation rentals so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest! Contact us to book!