Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed family holiday, Port Aransas has something for everyone during an Easter weekend getaway. With its warm climate, stunning beaches and family-friendly atmosphere, it’s easy to see why families flock to Port Aransas every year. Start planning your Easter getaway to Port Aransas with these popular family activities in mind:
Easter fun with the family
Head to nearby Corpus Christi for an Easter Festival that is sure to delight the whole family. This free event includes an egg hunt, face painting, inflatable bounce houses and more. Families who enjoy being active will want to check out the Easter Weekend 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk in Corpus Christi. The route runs along Ocean Drive and is suited to walkers and runners of all ages.
Go out on Easter Sunday
Enjoy a holiday meal at a number of local Port Aransas restaurants. At Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill or Black Marlin Bar & Grill, you will find delicious fresh seafood and excellent brunch options. After your meal, head to Port A Creamery for an excellent ice cream dessert. Local churches offer Easter services throughout the day as well.
Spend a day at the beach
There’s nothing like spending a beautiful day at the beach soaking up some sun and taking in the stunning ocean views. Port Aransas Beach is 6 miles long and wide enough to not feel crowded, with gentle waves perfect for swimming and boogie boarding. Further south of Port Aransas, Mustang Island State Park is also a great option for families to hang out on the beach, with lots of opportunities to find unique seashells.
Take a sandcastle building lesson
Port Aransas is well known for its wide beaches with sand texture perfect for building sandcastles. In fact, the annual Texas Sandfest features sand sculptors from around the world who build elaborate structures along Port Aransas Beach. The whole family can learn how to build the best sandcastle building techniques from a local pro Mark Sandrum.
Explore the town
Learn all about the rich history and culture of Port Aransas through interactive exhibits, displays and educational programs at the Port Aransas Museum. Head into downtown to find boutiques and art galleries focused on local makers for a chance to find a special souvenir of Port Aransas.
Take a boat ride
Enjoy breathtaking coastal views from the deck of a cruise boat as you sail around the many bays and inlets of Port Aransas. Families will love the excitement of a pirate ship cruise or the always popular dolphin watching tours.
Go fishing with the family
Whether you’re looking for fishing or sightseeing, Horace Caldwell Pier offers a perfect spot to go pier fishing on Easter weekend, with rental equipment and bait available for purchase. There are also many charter companies offering fishing excursions for deep sea or bay anglers, with kid-friendly instruction offered.
The Port Aransas Nature Preserve has boardwalk trails winding through a serene wetland environment right in town, and is the perfect spot for bird watching. Head to Mustang Island State Park for a lovely coastal environment, with popular activities like kayaking, swimming, geocaching and bird watching. April is an ideal time to spot rare bird species migrating through Port Aransas, so be sure to bring your binoculars.
Get out on the water
Mustang Island State Park has over 20 miles of paddling trails where kayakers can encounter local birds and wildlife. Stand up paddleboards are perfect for exploring the bays and inlets of the island, and can be rented at Boardhouse Surf Shop. Great surfing spots are also found along the entire stretch of Mustang Island, and family-friendly surfing lessons can be found at Texas Surf Camps.
Take a family horseback ride
To see the island from a different perspective, book a horseback ride with Horses on the Beach. Guides will lead riders along the beach and through the surf in this unique experience. This is a great group activity for kids 8 years and older, with rides available during the day and at sunset.
No matter how you choose to spend your Easter weekend in Port Aransas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this charming town. So book your Port A vacation rental today and get ready for an unforgettable holiday getaway!