Port Aransas Attractions & Things To See

Welcome to Mustang Island! Whether you’ve visited the Port Aransas area many times, or are considering vacationing here for the first time, there are so many great attractions to see during your Texas Gulf vacation.

Sandpiper Condominiums is situated near several major Port Aransas attractions, making it the ideal vacation location. From the Texas State Aquarium to the majestic USS Lexington there is so much to do and see in the area. These activities and attractions provide an interactive viewing experience for children and adults, especially at the aquarium where there are special exhibits featuring different animals nearly every month!

Nearby is the Padre Island National Seashore – the longest undeveloped seashore in the United States. Padre Island is known for its development of sea turtle hatchling habitat. Efforts to preserve this area of land as well as the turtles who nest here have historically always been a priority and they still are. A designated staff cares for eggs left on the beach to ensure they return safely to the sea each year. If you are in the area at the right time of year, you can see for yourself the miracle of life as these little turtles hatch and head out to repopulate the oceans.

Browse the exciting Port Aransas attractions that await you on your next Mustang Island vacation below!

Our Favorite Things To See in Port Aransas

U.S.S Lexington Museum

U.S.S Lexington Museum

Find out what life was like on a WW II aircraft carrier when you step aboard the USS LEXINGTON. Despite repeated attacks during WW II, LEX never sank, prompting Japanese propagandist Tokyo Rose to dub her “The Blue Ghost”.

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium

Come. Sea. Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium. Travel an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico and have the opportunity to experience dive shows, animal feedings, training sessions, and “hands on” programs with sharks and stingrays.

Mustang Island Beach in Texas

National Seashore

The national seashore, located on North Padre Island, just a few minutes south of Port Aransas and the Sandpiper beachfront resort, Texas is full of great outdoor activities, history lessons, beach camping and more. Visitors to Padre Island National Seashore enjoy bird watching, boating, camping and horseback riding on the beach and water activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and windsurfing.

Coronavirus friendly activity in Port Aransas

Bird Watching

If you live and breathe birds, you’ll flock to Port Aransas and Mustang Island for your Texas birding vacation. In the heart of the number-one birding state, more birds hang out here than anywhere else in Texas. Located in the Central Flyway, the island boasts hundreds of species as permanent residents and thousands of migrating birds that consider it a perfect stop.