Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Port Aransas: Mustang Island State Park

Photo by TXDOT

The island was first named Wild Horse Island, then Mustang Island, because of the wild horses, called "Mestenos," brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800s. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking and mountain biking on 5 miles of open beach, sunbathing, surfing, kayaking and excellent birding, especially during spring and fall migrations.


  • 17047 State Highway 361
  • Port Aransas, Texas
  • 78373


Hours & Fees

  • Open 7 days a week year-round. Gate is open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

  • $5 daily. Ages 12 and under Free