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Old 03-01-2017, 04:00 PM
 
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Hi All,


We're going to be in Corpus Christi next week with our young kids, and I know there is Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island State Park, and also Port Aransas. What are the differences in the beaches at these various locations? We know it may be a little chilly for swimming but just for the kids to run around the beach, play in the sand, and look for shells and such in a nice, natural environment?


Is there any real difference between Mustang Island State Park and the Padre Island National Seashore? What about the beach at Port Aransas?


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Old 03-01-2017, 04:43 PM
 
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I have had good experiences with Mustang Island.It is a good beach in my opinion.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:57 PM
 
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None of them are built up. There's closer food and kid friendly stuff at Port A, but Mustang Island isn't that far. PINS is further down, and you can drive 60 miles down the beach if you'd like.
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Old 03-02-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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Hi All,

We're going to be in Corpus Christi next week with our young kids, and I know there is Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island State Park, and also Port Aransas. What are the differences in the beaches at these various locations? We know it may be a little chilly for swimming but just for the kids to run around the beach, play in the sand, and look for shells and such in a nice, natural environment?

Is there any real difference between Mustang Island State Park and the Padre Island National Seashore? What about the beach at Port Aransas?

Thanks!

Bad news: All the beaches next couple of weeks are going to be CROWDED with scores of DRUNK rowdy college (and many HS) kids + CARS crowding ALL the roads/beach down there. Spring Break 2017. You're young kids will SEE things they can't 'unsee'.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:16 PM
 
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You are welcome.I agree with the other poster that going during spring break would not be the best idea.
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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Oh boy. I was hoping by being in Corpus and not South Padre we'd avoid exposing the kids to Girls Gone Wild. Will the beaches at even the State Park and the National Seashore be like that???
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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Oh boy. I was hoping by being in Corpus and not South Padre we'd avoid exposing the kids to Girls Gone Wild. Will the beaches at even the State Park and the National Seashore be like that???
Port Aransas is built ON Mustang Island - There are 3 Access Roads along the road toward Flour Bluff. Access Rd #1 is the road closest to the Town of Port A (several places to stay within walking distance). I like #2 for more privacy, but all are good. You can drive the entire beach and stop where you want. You can probably find a spot that is not too crowded, you will need a parking permit (good for a year) to park on the beach. Finding a place to stay in Port A this late could be an issue. I just checked the website of the place I rent from and they have properties with vacancies - condos/houses. Looks like the 2nd week of March is the busiest so it might depend on exactly the dates you are thinking about. Feel free to PM me if you need a recommendation for a place to stay. I've rented from the same agency for almost 10 years, always a winner.

March is not the best time to take the kids - it will be covered up with college kids, high school kids for Spring break. On the other hand, if that's what works for you, then you should be able to manage. Padre is probably the same, but I haven't been there in years. Another option is North Beach just across the harbor bridge from Downtown Corpus Christi. It's really clean, they sweep it daily. Playground for the kids and the Texas Aquarium is right there - Motels in the area.
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Old 03-03-2017, 04:35 PM
 
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OP, if you're still considering the area, try looking at Rockport (approx. 30 miles from Corpus) but most likely much less crowded. There is a kid-friendly 'beach' area which I don't believe existed when we had a home there years ago. Looks like it might be another option for this time of year.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:40 PM
 
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OP, if you're still considering the area, try looking at Rockport (approx. 30 miles from Corpus) but most likely much less crowded. There is a kid-friendly 'beach' area which I don't believe existed when we had a home there years ago. Looks like it might be another option for this time of year.
Good suggestion.Rockport is great in my opinion.
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