2017-06-01 / Amenities

Roberts Point Park: Fish, picnic, play


The J.P. Luby Pier is a place to both fish and watch the ships go by. The J.P. Luby Pier is a place to both fish and watch the ships go by. Want to watch the boats go by, throw a line in the water, buy a pound of fresh shrimp, enjoy a concert or have a picnic while your kids romp on playground equipment?

It’s all happening at Roberts Point Park.

The 50-acre city park, located adjacent to the famous Port Aransas ferry landing, also is a great place to launch your boat, stroll along the waterfront and watch for dolphins and pelicans.

The picturesque park, home to 250 boat slips, is named after the Roberts family, one of the oldest fishing families on Mustang Island.

It has a special-events pavilion — named after the late fishing enthusiast Fred Rhodes —that serves as a venue for fishing tournaments, festivals, awards presentations and picnics. The pavilion has a stage for performances and other local events.

The picnic pavilion in the park has tables with shade. Washer toss games, shuffleboard lanes and a bocce court are nearby. Equipment for those games is available at the harbormaster’s office in the center of the parking area.


They girls are just having some fun playing beach volleyball, a popular shoreline activity. They girls are just having some fun playing beach volleyball, a popular shoreline activity. The park also has a basketball court, a sand volleyball court and a soccer field.

The park’s Patsy Jones Amphitheater serves as a music venue for concerts that are presented to the public free of charge on the second Friday of each month from April through October.

The J.P. Luby Fishing Pier and the granite jetties alongside the park make for great fishing spots. The pier also is lighted for fishing at night and runs along a mile-long bulkhead that doubles as a walking, jogging and cycling trail. More areas to fish from along the trail have benches and palapas.

The park’s playground is set with slides and swings. It also features the “Jolly Voyager,” which resembles a pirate boat that kids can climb on and walk in and out of. It has slides, ladders and other features. Parks officials say they are planning an expansion of the Voyager which is expected to be completed this summer.

The Tom and Corabelle Keeler Observation Tower is where you want to be if you want to get a bird’s-eye view of the park and the ship channel. From there, you’ll be able to watch as ships of all sizes and nationalities pass in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. You can also eyeball the ferries running back and forth to Harbor Island, boats docked at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor and dolphins swimming alongside boats in the channel.

Watch weekly issues of the South Jetty for information on the various events scheduled at the park.

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