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Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture

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You came to Port Aransas for Texas warmth, fun, and plenty of time in the outdoors. The beach is a top priority any time of year for many, but you’ll want to see the other side of Texas’ natural surroundings, too. Start at the Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture, open daily with limited access.

The Preserve

The Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture is an area of 1,217 acres of upland, tidal flat, marsh, wooded, and estuarine habitats. It’s one of the few contiguous tracts of undeveloped land in any coastal plain to be preserved for ecological, environmental, or historical purposes. Many different species of plant and animal life call the preserve home.

Guided Nature Walk

Gather your loved ones and head out into nature. Every Saturday you can wander the preserve on a guided nature walk. The walk starts at 8 a.m. in the Community Park Parking Lot. The walk is free, but you must pre-register by 5 p.m. on the Friday before your selected day. Migrating and resident shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds, among others, can be seen. Pre-register at porta.recdesk.com.

Nature Preserve Yoga

Relax and clear your mind with a refreshing yoga routine. The preserve hosts a yoga class each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. The free class meets at the Pavilion at the end of Port Street. Pre-register at porta.recdesk.com.


When you arrive at the Port Street entrance to the preserve, you’ll find a myriad of park amenities to make your day fun and enjoyable. Rest in the shade of a pavilion or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the provided picnic tables. There are restrooms on-site as well. There are also several walking trails, as well as a one-mile cement trail to the pavilion and ship channel with two gazebos and benches along the path. Arrived by Highway 361, and there is a picnic area near the parking lot. The trails here are currently closed.

Preserving Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf and natural surroundings. The property is also moments from state and municipal parks, like the Nature Preserves at Charlie’s Pasture, as well as top-notch shopping, dining, and area attractions and activities you don’t want to miss. We offer one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

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