Views of the Neighborhood – City Services

My producer and I were discussing the number of services that were available for residents of our city. We have a population of 3,300 and it is amazing the number of services available in Port Aransas. We decided to detail them here. We left off trash and brush collection as well as police and fire since those are available to most cities. We did not include those activities available exclusively to tourists too. I hope you enjoy a recap of those amenities available.

Port Aransas Services

This is our community theater.

The new art center (under construction)

The Museum

The Computer Center.

The weekly newspaper

Chamber of Commerce

Animal rescue

And since the Producer is also involved in Boxer rescue we have extra pictures of dogs…

And these adorable kittens. Our shelter is a no-kill shelter, so all the rescues have an opportunity for a new home.

The Library. (Which is expanding)

A wildlife refuge named Charlie’s Pasture. Here is the pavilion with bay water in the background

The Marine Science Institute

The public pool with new water slide.

Port A parks

Skate park

Port A pParks

Baseball fieldParidise Pond

Paradiseย Pond

Roberts Point Park

Robert’s Point Park

I.B.Magee Park

I.B. Magee Beach Park

The Birding Center


The marina

The airport.


  1. That’s a lot to do when you’re looking to be entertained. Although, I’d steer clear of the gator.

    1. Yeah. He (or she) is a big one.

      1. I prefer squirrels in my yard to that. Slightly less chance of getting eaten.

      2. I have to agree.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a fun excursion – except for the Birding Center (alligators terrify me). Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Not too friendly either. Thanks, Gwen.

    1. Thank you, Michael.

  3. I think it’s great when even the new construction is created in the quaint style of the town.

    1. I like that as well. Thanks, GP.

  4. You certainly have a lot going on, or at least a lot to choose from, John. Who’s the unwelcome guest at the birding center? Is he there for a snack, or just mugging for the camera? I was disappointed that there were no action shots of you on the new water slide ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Ha ha ha. Me in a bathing suit would NSFW. Thanks, Dan.

  5. I love your colorful town, John. Each building looks so inviting. The museum looks like a private residence. Happy Sunday!

    1. It used to be. It was relocated to its current spot.

  6. The alligator looks fat and happy, any tourists missing?

    1. One with white socks and Birkenstocks is all. No big deal.

  7. Paradise…
    I want to live in that museum!
    And a no-kill shelter?
    My family is going t love that!

    1. Thanks, Hook. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Thank you for another lovely Sunday stroll, John. What a marvelous place to live! Except the alligator — Akkk! A little dose of reality?
    That ginger kitten looks like he just can’t wait to get into some fun trouble. A friend for Stella? Wishing you and Molly and the crew a wonderful new week. Mega hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. It was all we could do to leave them there. Stella is not so happy with new animals.

      1. I can imagine (Both). Crystal’s IBD medicine causes her to have fear aggression. So unfortunately she has to stay an only cat. I was worried about that when Aspen died, but she grieved and then moved on. She seems content enough being an only cat. Happy new week.

      2. Yeah I would say Stella is as well. Thanks. Happy Week to you.

  9. Good morning, John,
    I didn’y know Port A had a theatre. Next time there I need to check what they might be showing.
    Have a great day,

    1. It is community theater so you have to give them some license but we find the shows fun.

      1. Our Fredericksburg Theatre Company is an amateur theatre, too, but they do a tremendous job and we enjoy their productions ever so much.

      2. You would like the Port A theater then.

      3. I certainly would, I believe.

  10. That’s pretty impressive for a small town. Love the tour.

    1. Thank you, Craig.

  11. Unbelievable amenities for a small town, John. Port A is a gorgeous spot. Thanks for sharing these great pics. Glad to see the library is expanding to house all of your books!

    1. Yes. I told them that a world famous author needs a world class facility.

      1. Excellent, John, you tell them!! You are their literary pride and joy!

      2. Why are u laughing? You are our literary gem.

      3. Thanks but I just don’t see it.

      4. That’s one of the things we love about you.

  12. Lots of hoopy island amenities there, John! ๐Ÿ˜€ Said it before, but you live in a great place! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Jan. We love it.

  13. Impressive for the size of Port A!

    1. I thought so as well. Thanks, Jo

  14. Such a lovely town and place to call home, John! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you for your nice comment, Natalie.

  15. Just more reasons Port A is a bit of paradise – even including the Gator. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lucky the gator can’t fly.

  16. Seems you and your producer are blessed to have the company of one another in a beautiful setting. Lovely, John

    1. We are blessed. Thank you Audrey.

  17. A lovely tour of the services available to residents, John. Have you tried the skate park? If so, I’d love to see the photos.

    1. I have not. Old men do not belong on skates. Thanks anyway, Michelle.

  18. I had to laugh at the gator in the birding center! Your community has a LOT of resources for being so small population-wise. Kudos to the city planners!

    1. You wonder how a later who has a diet of birds could be allowed to reside in a bird sanctuary. Well that’s Pot Aransas. Thanks, Debbie.

  19. karpetlapangan · ·

    Awesome . . .!!!

  20. Really impressive, John – other small towns could learn a thing or two. I’d take home every one of those kittens if I could!

    1. Me too on the kittens, Teri.

  21. Pretty amazing little town.

    1. Yes, it is. Thanks, Jacqui.

  22. Good tour …. and it seems like a quaint town. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Frank.

  23. Well, you’ve certainly got a lot of great services! Thanks for the tour!

    1. Thank you, Deborah.

  24. It seems there’s something for everyone, John. Good pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

  25. Nice to see a park named after me, John. Does anywhere ever get busy? It looks so quiet. I guess the pool will get busy, especially with a new water slide. And that cute airport! I’m guessing they don’t fly directly to the UK from there. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Ha ha ha. No direct flights. Yes it is your park. Come get it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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