Port Aransas is not only a working port it's also one of Texas' most popular tourist towns. Port Aransas attractions paired with beautiful weather make this the perfect place to spend a weekend, summer vacation or extended trip.
Getting to Port Aransas
Before you can enjoy the many Port Aransas tourist attractions you have to know how to get here. Luckily, Port Aransas is an easy getaway from most major cities in Texas.
Port Aransas is located only a few minutes west of Corpus Christi. You can get to the island by taking the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway across the bay. Port Aransas is also:
- 2.5 hours south of San Antonio
- 3.5 hours south of Austin
- 3 hours southwest of Houston
- 6.5 hours from Dallas/Ft. Worth
The History Behind Port Aransas, Texas Points of Interest
Port Aransas was a port of call for pirates in the early 19th century. From about 1800 through the early 1820s, the Gulf Coast was a haunt of pirate ships searching for riches.
Capt. Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers were among the most frequent visitors. He spent a fair amount of time on the Texas coast like many of the visitors that come to enjoy Port Aransas attractions today. Capt. Lafitte was so prominent in the area Galveston owes its start to him. Mustang Island was also one of his favorite stops, which helped the area become established. Capt. Jean Lafitte used Mustang Island as a place to make camp and, according to legend, a place to hide his treasure.
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