Many migratory and resident birds can be seen during spring and fall migration on Mustang Island. Open daily. All of these centers are free. www.portaransas.org/birds.html.
Free fishing is available (fishing license required) from the beaches and jetties, as well as lighted piers that extend into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel: Charlie's Pasture, J.P. Luby and Ancel Brundrett piers. For a fee, anglers may use the lighted Horace Caldwell Pier.
The boardwalk provides a popular viewing spot for more than 100 species on a
given day and an opportunity to see "Boots," a six-foot alligator. From Texas
361 at the ferry landing, take Cut-Off Road to Ross Avenue and follow the signs
to the center. www.portaransas.org/birds.html
Seaside beaches stretch for five miles along the open Gulf of Mexico. This is one of the best places to see coastal marine life, from green sea turtles to blue herons. It features rinse showers, bulk water and portable toilets in convenience stations along the beach. Admission charge. On Texas 36...
The museum is in a turn-of-the-20th-century kit house. Local residents rallied to save the house, move it to its current location and turn it into a museum showcasing local history and early island lifestyles. Open 1–5 p.m. Thu.–Sat. Free. 101 E. Brundrett. 361/749-3800. www.portaransasmuseum.org...
This 1,271-acre nature preserve at Charlie's Pasture offers more than two miles of hike-and-bike trails, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites, a pavilion and a tower overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island. On Port St. 361/749-4111. www.ci...
The popular boardwalk and gazebo offer a fantastic view of shorebirds. On
Texas 361 about one-half mile south of Avenue G. www.portaransas.org/birds.html
This vintage wooden structure dates from 1886. It is still popular and is completely restored. Tarpon scales decorate the lobby and feature signatures of famous visitors to the area, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Duncan Hines, who spent his honeymoon here. 200 E. Cotter. 361/749-5555. www.t...
Research facility with a visitor center includes aquaria with Gulf marine life and plants. The Institute hosts several Road Scholar groups throughout the year. The center also has exhibits, poster displays and a gift shop. Open 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. weekdays. Educational movies are shown at 3 ...
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