Introduction to Aransas Pass, Texas
Aransas Pass, Texas, in San Patricio county, is 16 miles NE of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Corpus Christi metropolitan area. There are an estimated 8,138 people in Aransas Pass.
Aransas Pass History
The city was named "Aransas Pass" after the pass connecting Mustang and St. Joseph's islands. Early developers such as Pryor Lea, and the Central Transit Company, tried to build a deepwater port city on the Gulf of Mexico during the 19th century. These attempts failed due to various reasons like the Civil War and lack of funds. Following several individual attempts by a number of different organizations, deep water finally arrived in the city. In 1910, the city was incorporated and shipping started to become regularized. However, two hurricanes within a span of 3 years disrupted the shipping business. Over the years, Aransas Pass became an important player in the shrimp and fishing industry.
Aransas Pass and Nearby Attractions
- Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens
- Texas State Aquarium
- King Ranch Museum
- Presidio La Bahia
- Copano Bay State Fishing Pier
Things To Do In Aransas Pass
The Asian Cultures Museum has artifacts from China, Japan, Philippines, and Korea, while Texas Maritime Museum and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History have various scientific and historical exhibits on display. The Presidio La Bahia is a Spanish fort of historical importance while the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site includes remnants of the Battle of Coleto which occurred in the mid 19th century. The Copano Bay State Fishing Pier, Goose Island State Park and Mustang Island State Park offer facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.
Aransas Pass Transportation
The closest major airport is Corpus Christi International Airport.
Aransas Pass Higher Education
Del Mar College, Texas A&M University - Kingsville and Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi are some of the colleges near Aransas Pass.