Consider taking the ferry to Corpus Christi while staying in one of the Port Aransas house rentals, and enjoy all that Corpus Christi has to offer. From arts and cultural events and exhibitions, to festivals or just lounging on one of the city's many beaches, Corpus Christi has much to offer people of all ages. Port Aransas vacation homes are just a short distance from this vibrant city that combines a modern and cosmopolitan feel with all that a seaside city has to offer.
Texas State Aquarium
Touring the Texas State Aquarium is the perfect way to learn about and explore the Gulf of Mexico without ever having to leave the city. It's one of the top attractions in the city and visitors from all over the state and world come to visit this nationally renowned aquarium. Offering a variety of exhibits and animal encounters, you can safely view jellies and sea nettles swimming in an 800-gallon tank, or watch the sharks swim around in a 125,000 gallon tank. If you'd like to get closer, dolphin encounters can be arranged. The aquarium hosts a variety of different exhibits and shows that change, so always call ahead to see what's going on.
While there are many different festivals going on all throughout the year, the Festival of the Arts and the Texas Jazz Festival are among the most popular. The Festival of the Arts is a free three-day event that includes a wide variety of performances and exhibits, as well as interactive ones where you can create your own art. The Bayfront Tram Tour will take you on a tour of just some of the permanent art collections around town. This festival is held each spring and is highly anticipated. The Texas Jazz Festival is held each fall in Heritage Park. Thousands of people come every year to see jazz performers from all over the world. This is the country's longest operating free music festival, and is not to be missed if you're visiting in October.
Padre Island National Seashore
This protected area encompasses more than 130,000 acres of dunes, beaches and grasslands. The undeveloped barrier island is the longest in the world and visitors are allowed to roam the beaches, collect seashells or learn about the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle. These are the world's most endangered sea turtles and volunteers roam the beaches each day looking for nesting spots to help preserve the species. You can also fish in the Seashore, but you'll need a valid fishing license with a saltwater stamp. You can catch trout, catfish or even black-tipped sharks.
Corpus Christi has much to offer tourists of all ages, and no matter the weather or season you can always find something interesting to do. Port Aransas is so close that you can take multiple trips to Corpus Christi during your vacation, and Vamoose.com helps make your choosing a rental property easy. You can search by price, amenities or location to find the perfect rental for your needs.