This is a living museum with a functional boat building shop. 716 Avenue C. www.portaransasmuseum.org
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: J.P. Luby, Ancel Brundrett and Charlie's Pasture piers. For a fee, anglers may use the lighted Horace Caldwell Pier.
This vintage wooden structure dates from 1886 and is completely restored. Tarpon scales decorate the lobby and feature signatures of famous visitors, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Duncan Hines, who spent his honeymoon here. 200 E. Cotter. www.thetarponinn.com
Mustang Island's only freshwater wetland is a favorite stop for migrating birds. www.cityofportaransas.org/paradise_pond.cfm
A 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. Texas 361 at the ferry landing, take Cut-Off Road to Ross Avenue and follow the signs to the center. www.cityofportaransas.org/Leonabelle_Turnbull_Birding_...
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 sea turtles to herons. It offers rinse showers, bulk water and portable toilets in convenience stations along the beach. Admission charge. On Texas 361, 14 miles s...
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. www.portaransasmuseum.org
This is a 1,200-acre site with upland trails, boardwalks, viewing towers, covered pavilion and picnic areas. This natural area's extensive tidal flats provide feeding areas and habitat for shorebirds and endangered and threatened species such as the piping plover. Two entrances: at the end of Po...
Offers a boardwalk and gazebo with fantastic views of shorebirds. On Texas 361 about one-half mile south of Avenue G.
This research facility, with a visitor center, includes aquaria with Gulf marine life and plants. The center also has exhibits, poster displays and a gift shop. Educational movies are shown at 3 p.m. Mon.-Thu. Explore the Wetlands Education Center with free tours weekly featuring marsh/sea-grass...
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