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Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest is October 15–17, 2021 Texas SandFest is one of the largest native-sand sculpture competitions in the USA. What began as a small local competition in 1997 has grown into an internationally recognized three-day family event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of…

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Rainy Day in Port A

“Rain, rain, go away” doesn’t have to be your mantra when the clouds show up and a storm is ‘a-brewing. Just because Port Aransas is known for its beaches–and for good reason–doesn’t mean a little rain shower has to ruin your vacation. Below are six ways, from morning to night, that you can make the…

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Seven Cool Pools of Port Aransas

The eighteen miles of uninterrupted public beach are a major draw to Port Aransas. Those sandy shores are responsible for countless hours of family fun. Sometimes, though, you want your swim to be sandless and saltless, and for that, there are pools! Here are seven of the coolest pools on Mustang…

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San Jose Island

SAN JOSE ISLAND Take "coastal distancing" to the next level with a secluded getaway to the privately owned, San Jose Island. It’s a brief ferry ride from Port A, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Known by the locals as St. Jo's, the island is largely uninhabited and undisturbed, with miles…

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25 Ways to Explore Port A

Roberts Point Park: Dolphin sightings Fish off bulkhead Horseshoes Pirate Ship Playscape Shaded picnic areas on the point Ship watching Community Park Community pool Disc golf Pickleball Playscape Skate park Take surfing lessons with Texas Surf Camps Bird watching at Paradise…

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Is it Time for a Schoolcation?

As schools around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning may look a little different this fall. Remote learning allows students to access educational curriculum outside of the traditional classroom. If you can learn anywhere, why not REMOTE HERE? It’s time to take a Port A…

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