A Texas Event

Restaurants in Port Aransas, Texas can be summarized as “a Texas event.”  Individuals from across America move to Port Aransas to begin a new life…some opening a Port Aransas restaurant. These nine Port Aransas restaurants deserve a look as a “Texas event.”

by Mike McCann

Whether you cross a channel with their car, bicycle or on foot…or enjoy the breezes coming off the Texas Gulf Coast, the ferry system serving Port Aransas and Galveston-Port Bolivar transports more than eight million passengers annually. The two routes operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Peak months are June, July and August, however, March can be busy with those celebrating Spring Break and the winter months can also be busy with an influx of "winter" residents.

Mustang Island State Park sits on a coastal barrier island. It has sand dunes as high as 35 feet with an average of 15 to 20 feet. The vegetation mats that hold the dunes in place are soilbind morning glory, sea oats and beach panic grass. Wildlife habitat in Mustang Island State Park supports spotted ground squirrels, pocket gophers raccoons and striped skunks, armadillos and jackrabbits. Only a few coyotes are present.

Paddling in Port AransasPaddling in Port Aransas, central Texas Coast is deeper and more stable salinity than the upper or lower coasts of Texas. According to John Whorff, author of Kayaking The Texas Coast, Aransas Bay and vicinity is one of the best paddling destinations on the Texas Gulf Coast.   Large numbers of fish in this area are supported by sea grass, algae and invertebrates. Kayak paddlers paddling in Port Aransas can combine their paddling with fishing. Also, good guides are available for bird watching and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce provides a birds and nature brochure. Paddling in Port Aransas includes two beginning to intermediate, an all-levels trail and an intermediate to advanced paddling.

Island Moorings Marina

Video of Richard Dunn, dock worker and Pete the Pelican. - length of video:  2:14

In Port Aransas, an injured pelican has found a new home after a worker at a local marina rescued the bird and nursed him back to health. That was three months ago, and since then, the pelican who's been named Pete has not left the side of his new best friend. Bill Churchwell reports.