2009-05-23 E-Edition

I.B. Magee Park has everything for the beach camper

With camping areas, showers, a laundry facility and more, I.B. Magee Beach Park offers just about everything a beachgoer could request. That includes a park headquarters that offers a breathtaking view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico from a third-floor observation deck. Opened in 2007, the $1.8 million building combines the offices that were in the former headquarters […]

Area Attractions

Bayside Fennessey Ranch Highway 2678, Bayside (361) 529-6600 www.fennesseyranch.com Custom birding trips, photography seminars, photo blinds for day leases, Russian boar hunting, country hayrides, hummingbird tours, educational programs Corpus Christi Texas State Aquarium 2710 N. Shoreline (361) 881-1200 or (800) 477- GULF texasstateaquarium.org. See story USS Lexington Museum 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. (On Corpus Christi Beach) 361-888-4873 or 800-LADYLEX www.usslexington.com […]

Surf’s up in Port Aransas

As the Beach Boys sang, “Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how!” Miles of shoreline in Port Aransas present many opportunities for seasoned surfers to catch waves and for beginners to get in on the thrill too. Mustang Island generally doesn’t have such towering or powerful waves as California and Hawaii. But Texas surf can be surprisingly big and shapely […]

Satisfy curiosity at monthly beach walks

Join other curious visitors and residents interested in learning more about what washes onto the beaches of Mustang Island at the free, monthly, guided beach walks. The City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department offers the walks on the fourth Friday of each month. Shirley Fisher, long-time island resident and beachcomber, leads the walks to help satisfy beachcombers’ curiosity […]

Follow rules for safe, fun time at beach

We Port Aransans are proud of our Gulf beaches, and we want visitors to enjoy them as much as possible. But we also have to take care of them, to assure our children and grandchildren can also enjoy them. Here are the rules for beach users: • A beach parking permit is required for areas between marker 0 and marker […]

Art Center for the Islands features gallery, classes, gift shop and more

Visitors and residents looking for original art in a variety of media as well as classes in will find it all at the Art Center for the Islands, 323 N. Alister St. The center features a gallery and gift shop, classes and workshops. It is a nonprofit organization, in its 13th year of serving Mustang and Padre islands. Classes and […]

Kit house home to Port Aransas Museum

Told house, now home of the Port Aransas Museum, has been moved at least three times originally, and was a kit house that was purchased and shipped to Port Aransas around 1910 when the jetties were first under construction. The house has endured storms, social upheavals, boom times and depression, and has borne witness to the history of Port Aransas […]

Roberts Point Park offers family fun

Roberts Point Park, positioned alongside the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, is one of the first sights that greet visitors when they arrive in Port Aransas by ferry. The city’s bayside, multi-purpose park facility was jointly developed by civic volunteers (Port Aransas Action Force) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Volunteers supplied the labor and TPWD provided major funding in […]

Maritime museum offers kids’ camps, more

The Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport is offering camps for kids this summer. And, for adults, a wine and food festival will be held on the museum grounds. While many visitors think of Texas as being made from hide and horn, the Lone Star State has a rich history of seafaring also, and the Texas Maritime Museum celebrates that history. […]