Aransas Pass is a city in Aransas, Nueces, and San Patricio counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 8,204 at the 2010 census.
The first people to discover Aransas Pass were the Karankawa Indians. They used dugout canoes and fished with bows and arrows, but by 1830 there were very few Karankawas left. Around 1850, white settlers started moving in and Aransas Pass became a sleepy little town. Even in later years it was still a laid back city.
Just as our neighbor, Corpus Christi, took its name from Spanish Catholic Missionary influence during Spanish explorations of the New World, certainly our modified ‘Aransas’ also came from visits to the Texas coastal plains by the Spanish and the naming of the natural Aransas Pass from the Gulf of Mexico to inland Laguna Madre and Redfish Bay.
The City of Aransas Pass was founded in 1909 by a promotion of a great land lottery. It developed as a fishing village and the first shipment of shrimp to San Antonio was in 1912. At this time it was the home port for about 300 large shrimp trawlers, which annually net millions of pounds of shrimp.
Aransas Pass is a perfect retirement paradise. Recreational activities to enjoy include birding, duck hunting, fishing, boating, ecotourism, and kayaking. The City is located 18 miles from Corpus Christi, 12 miles from Rockport, and it is about a two- or three-hour drive to San Antonio or Houston.
Aransas Pass – is a mecca for water sports, fishing, birding, kayaking, and hunting. The city is home to Conn Brown Harbor and the largest hummingbird garden in Texas. Events such as the Shrimporee, a three-day event, held in June, the Maybe Hot Maybe Not bike ride in November, and the Holiday Craft Show in December, as well as bay fishing on the Gulf Coast keep visitors coming back to Aransas Pass.
Aquatic Park – A new addition to Community Park, Aquatic Park features a competition sized swimming pool with a 1-meter and a 3-meter diving board. The lap pool is heated with a body slide attached to it. A kiddie pool, with depths from 1–3 feet, features a bucket drop and a cannon slide.
Community Park – Community Park is located on Johnson Avenue at S. Arch Street. Included at the park are lighted baseball fields, with dugouts, bleachers, electronic score boards, concession stand and public rest rooms. In the picnic area, there are 10 handicapped accessible covered picnic tables. Each table is equipped with a small barbecue pit. One larger covered area on a cement foundation is available for big groups. The playground features a merry-go-round, monkey bars, slides, rocking riding toys, a two-story wooden play structure, and digging toys. It is also handicapped accessible. A paved walkway extends from the baseball field to an elevated gazebo overlooking the wetlands of the Aransas Pass Nature Trail. From there handicapped-accessible walkways extend in two directions ending around areas for bird and wildlife watching.
Conn Brown Harbor Park – Spanning 5 acres (2.0 ha), this city park has a boat ramp and is located on Bigelow Street at the Intracoastal Waterway, Aransas Channel and Conn Brown Harbor Turning Basin. It has two double concrete boat ramps with docks, park benches, barbecue grills, shade structures with picnic tables, an open air picnic table, two T-head fishing piers with lighting, a public rest room and three cleaning tables.
San Patricio County Navigation District Marina – This 10-acre (4.0 ha) park is located on Ransom Road. There are two double boat ramps and two covered boat shelters, an uncovered boat slip and two boat trailer parking lots. This facility also has an RV park with 36 spaces and hookups. It has two shelters with tables, running water and lights. Wildlife viewing is available from three covered areas, with tables and barbecue grills. There is also a bait shop. Visitors can enjoy fishing from a lighted fishing pier. The park has a separate children’s playground with rock-riding toys and a jungle gym structure with a slide and climbing areas.
McCampbell Park – is a city park that has a hard court surface with two basketball backboards and four picnic tables. There are no restroom facilities.
Newbury Park – A 1.2-acre (0.49 ha) central city park, Newbury Park is located on Harrison Boulevard at Lamont Street and Wheeler Avenue. There is a hummingbird landscape to attract hummingbirds.