Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
Learn the story of Port Aransas and discover unique ecosystems on Mustang Island as you visit historic sites, explore protected coastal habitats and board an aircraft carrier.
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Program No. 1966RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience the rich barrier island ecology and unique island culture on display in one of Texas’ best-kept secrets, Port Aransas. A relaxed island atmosphere freshened by breezes from the Gulf of Mexico awaits as you discover miles of sandy beach, salt marshes and birds. Turn back the clock in this Gulf port and hear tales of pre-Columbian peoples, pirates, soldiers, scientists and others in its extraordinary history. Learn about the region’s many ecological and historical gifts on beachcombing outings, at vintage properties and aboard vessels in sheltered bays.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover 70 miles of protected coastal habitat and an array of animal life at Padre Island National Seashore.
  • Collect marine specimens aboard the M/V Mustang and see dolphins up close.
  • Aboard the vintage aircraft carrier USS Lexington, learn about the ship’s distinguished role during World War II.
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