Aransas Pass
Saltwater Heaven

Clean sparkling bays..edged with marsh grasses...salt cedar... live oaks and tall stately palms. Located in the heart of the Texas Coastal Bend, Aransas Pass is blessed with delightful weather, sunny but moderate days, and evenings cooled by gentle gulf breezes.

Photo by Dottie Simmons Fishing, fishing and more fishing - in a boat, in the bay, in the flats, or on a pier along the banks - awaits in Aransas Pass. So it's no wonder that this cozy coastal town is called a saltwater heaven. "Shrimp Capital of Texas" is the town's other moniker since shrimping is big business in Aransas Pass. Huge shrimp trawlers heading down the "Shrimper's Channel" and out to the deep open waters of the Gulf of Mexico make quite a sight, with their intricate nets hoisted high in the air. Waiting for their return are numerous shrimp processing plants in Conn Brown Harbor, home to several hundred shrimp trawlers, the largest shrimp fleet on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Seaman's Memorial Tower is located at the entrance of the harbor. The memorial is in remembrance of fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

And not only is shrimp one of Aransas Pass' biggest industries, it also claims favorite seafood status with visitors to the area. Fresh seafood from the coastal waters is served in restaurants or packed to take home.

Visitors may take advantage of the vast, shallow bays to bag limits of duck and geese. Catching trout, redfish, flounder and sheepshead in surrounding bays is pure, year-round pleasure. Bait, marinas, and tackle shops are readily available.

Join a deep-sea charter, hire a local professional guide, or launch your boat from one of the many public boat ramps.

Whether you rock on the waves or perch on a fishing pier, you can fill a stringer with an evening's dinner.

Photo by Dottie Simmons Crabbing, beach combing, wade fishing and bird watching are quiet pursuits, designed to get you out of doors and into nature. Of the nearly 800 species of birds that occur in North America, almost 500 are present at different times in the Coastal Bend. Aransas Pass has four locations on the Great Texas Birding Trail - Newberry Park which includes a beautiful new hummingbird garden, the largest in Texas, San Patricio County Navigation Park, the Community Park which includes ponds and wetlands, and the causeway area between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas.

With our year-round seasonable climate, and being in the Central Flyway for migrating birds, Aransas Pass is in a birding "hot spot". A "Birder's Checklist" is available at the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce.

The Brown Pelican is the official bird of Aransas Pass. Patches with the Brown Pelican can be earned by finding 15 birds from the birder's checklist in Aransas Pass.

The bays and Intracoastal Waterway offers boating and water sports for all ages. San Patricio County Navigation District Harbor has covered and open boat slips, boat launches, and marina facilities.

The Aransas Pass Community Park has picnic facilities, playground equipment and ball parks for all ages.

The Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library is open Six days a week for those who enjoy the pleasures of reading and research.

For the recreational vehicle visitor there are several RV parks on the water or inland with full hook-ups and recreational rooms. Columbia North Bay Hospital, a full service medical facility, has RV spaces with full hook-ups and 24 hour emergency services.

Shopping is also a great pastime in the Aransas Pass area. Many unique and specialty shops will delight visitors and newcomers to the coastal bend. From antiques to seashells; from natural herbs to handmade crafts and collectibles; from fresh seafood to nautical books and maps; there are numerous treasures to be found browsing through the newly renovated downtown area.

The Aransas Pass "Shrimporee" celebrates the city's ties to the fishing industry. The festival highlights arts and crafts, seafood, fun and entertainment for over 55,000 people. The 50th annual event will be held September 18-20, 1998.

The newest attraction in Aransas Pass is the statue "Double Header" located in front of city hall at the intersections of W. Wheeler, Harrison Blvd. and Cleveland Blvd. The beautiful statue of two sailfish by nationally-renowned artist Kent Ulberg is a reminder of our heritage and our location at the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

Coming in late summer is a new Visitor Center for Aransas Pass. The center will include dispays on history, fishing and birding in the area. It will be located in the downtown area at 130 W. Goodnight.

For those wanting a home away from home, Pelican Cove and Bay Harbor are waterfront home locations that offer the ultimate in recreation and leisure living.

So when you are ready for that perfect getaway...for just a weekend...family vacation...or a home away from home...when you are ready for some serious fishing...or real fun in the sun. ..some great seafood. . .or a gorgeous sunset to soothe the soul...come discover the simple pleasures of life in Aransas Pass, Texas. Welcome Aboard.

For more information contact
Aransas Pass Area Chamber of Commerce
452 W. Cleveland
AransasPass, Texas 78336
Toll Free: 1-800-633-3028
Local: 512-758-2750
http://www.aransaspass.org/
info@aransaspass.org