Bring your binoculars and relax outdoors at the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. If you're an inexperienced birdwatcher, start out at the Port Aransas Birding Center to gain a little knowledge before you hit the trail.
Explore the outdoor paths throughout the Hans Suter Wildlife Park. The park is equipped with picnic tables, grills, walking and biking trails, and a pier extending over the dune areas. This is one of the most popular and protected birding spots along the migration path for Northern birds as they make their way to Mexico for the winter, then back again for spring.
Giddy up! Ride down the beach like a bona fide Texas cowboy. Stop at Horses On The Beach to start your pony ride. Choose from sunset rides or daytime excursions, depending on whether you're in the mood for romance or a ride with friends and family.
Life's a beach, so make sure to play in the sand at JP Luby Surf Park. The area is a hot spot for beach-goers, whether you're looking to spend time outdoors, surf, swim, fish, or snorkel near the jetties - JP Luby is the place to be. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Spend a day outdoors at Lake Corpus Christi Park. Have some fun in the sun while splashing around the lake, fishing, water skiing, boating, camping, hiking - explore the park to your heart's content. Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty to drink, the Texas sun is a hot one!
Spend some time outdoors observing the gardens at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The gardens are equipped with a greenhouse conservatory, butterfly house, birding tower, pavilion and much more.
Nestled along Oso Creek, the 180-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens showcases colorful and unusual plants, including cactus, hibiscus, roses, plumeria and orchids.
The breathtaking beauty of the South Texas Botanical Gardens lies in its ever-changing displays throughout the year. Flowers and plants bloom and then hibernate, and the wildlife that enjoy the area also have their ebb and flow with the change of seasons.
The gardens opened in 1996. Exhibits include conserved native habitat and natural wetlands.
Some of the special displays focus on one type of plant and its many varieties. For instance, the plumeria garden contains more than 100 plants. The Orchid House has over 2,000 orchids. And the rose garden is constructed of 12 raised beds to display all of the spectacular blooms that are coaxed by the expert hands of master gardeners.
Other groupings include the Arid Garden, Water Garden, Sensory Garden, Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden and the shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail.
The 2,500-square-foot Butterfly House gives visitors the opportunity to mingle with fluttering butterflies, who will often stop and rest on an available arm or shoulder.
Adventurous visitors can hike the nature trail through 30 acres of native brush. There you'll see native plants that have adapted to the hard and rugged Texas terrain, as well as deer, javelina, and coyotes.
Phone: (361) 729-4855
Take the short trip to Port Aransas and take an outdoor tour on the Wharf Cat. The Cat creeps the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to spy close views of endangered whooping cranes and other waterfowl. The gorgeous South Texas weather practically guarantees an enjoyable trip.