Last week I was able to cover one of the parks in Port Aransas. This week continues the park introduction with a view of I.B. Magee Beach Park.
I. B. Magee Beach Park is a 167-acre park offering camping, a bathhouse, observation deck, convenience store, electrical and sanitary hook-ups. There is also a primitive camping site. The park is named for I.B.Magee Jr. a Port Aransas resident who was known for his community support.
Let’s take a look at the central headquarters of the park.
This is a three-story structure located right on the beach. The two structures in the foreground are cold water showers and used to rinse off sand and salt water once coming off the beach. The warm water showers which are for campers are located in the structure. There are other shower locations in the park where four quarters will get you four minutes of hot water.
This next photo is of the rear of the structure. I want you to see the stairs up to the observation deck where we will be going next.
So here we are on the observation deck, and as you can see, there is a lot of Gulf out there. Yesterday was a bit stormy and overcast. This first view is of the beach area where the primitive camping takes place.(Off to the left)
Those covered structures are tables. The next shot shows a couple of kiteboarders at play.
I managed to catch a freighter moving toward the jetty. You can see the waves hitting the jetty.
One of the kiteboarders moved into the shot of the freighter, and I thought it was interesting.
Here is a shot down the beach toward the Horace Caldwell Pier. The close in tiles are part of the roof of the headquarters building. The pier is off int the distance. That little blue building is one of the coin-op showers I mentioned. We’ll go to the pier next.
Here is the pier.
From this pier, you can fish, grab a meal, rent equipment. and drink beer. This is the kind of place you would expect to see a number of old timers sharing stories. Of course, the weather has to be good. I mean temperatures in the low 70’s can get to your bones.
Well, that is the I.B.Magee Beach Park. Next week we will wrap up the park views.