Aransas Pass Texas

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The City of Aransas Pass is named for pass between Mustang Island and St. Joseph Island.  Aransas Pass Texas is on the mainland but connected to Mustang Island and Port Aransas by causeway and ferry.  The top commercial industries include shrimping, and both commercial and sport fishing.  Water fowl hunting is also popular in season.   Visitors of Aransas Pass often enjoy taking a boat trip through Redfish Bay to see the bottlenose dolphin, the most common dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico.

Aransas Pass Texas Attractions:

Great Coastal Birding Trails– a state-designated system of trails, bird sanctuaries, and nature preserves along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States. As the state of Texas hosts more bird species than any other in the U.S. the trail system offers some of the most unusual opportunities for bird-watching in the world.  The “trail” is actually 43 separate hiking and driving trails that include 308 birding sites. The sites themselves feature a variety of viewing opportunities with boardwalks, observation decks, and other amenities. The trails boast more than 500 bird species.

Apart from bird watching the trail system includes many nature preserves which feature a wide variety of wildlife. In addition the various sites cover many types of natural terrain and flora including forests, marshes, and beaches.

Aransas Pass Texas is home to three viewing spots along the trail.

  • Aransas Pass Community Park- Located off Johnson Avenue this park offers a boardwalk and two observation platforms to observe the water birds in the surrounding marshes and ponds. It also has a sports field and aquatic center.
  • Conn Brown Harbor/Aransas Pass Wetlands-Located off Huff Street this site offers one of the best winter birding sites along the coast where loons, grebes, diving ducks and pelicans can often be seen.  In the Aransas Pass wetlands, tidal flats, and sand spits look for waterfowl, shorebirds, loons, grebes, and American oystercatcher.  Located here are also a marina, boat launch, fishing and kayaking.
  • Ransom Road Navigation District Park- Located off Ransom Road this site offers a boardwalk/fishing pier with great views of the channel.  Boat traffic is permitted and visitors often see loons, pelicans and diving ducks.

Newbury Park Hummingbird Garden– Located on South Lamont Street this site is home to the largest hummingbird garden in the state.  Visitors see a wide array of hummingbirds along with butterflies that are on their migration route.

Lydia Ann Lighthouse– Located off the Redfish Bay Causeway this lighthouse is the only one on the Texas coast that is staffed and operated 24 hours a day.    It is privately owned but can be viewed from the offshore waters.

Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail– The trailhead is located on the north side of the road before the ferry landing and offers a series of loops ranging in length from 1.25 mile to 6.8 miles. The trails meander through seagrass flats and an extensive black mangrove estuary, into sloughs and back lakes near the Lydia Ann Lighthouse.

Seaman’s Memorial at Harbor Park-Located on Bigelow Street this site honors lost seamen and shrimp industry founder Bill Minter.  The park is also a popular boating and fishing site.

Steadman Island-The Island offers extensive views of wetlands and open water.  Visitors often observe waterfowl, shorebirds, grebes, loons and oystercatchers.

When visiting Aransas Pass Texas nearby attractions include  Corpus Christi, Rockport, Fulton, Port Aransas, Sinton and Portland.

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