We know how disappointing it can be to be met by rain on your beach vacation. You’ve come to the island expecting sunshine and a warm breeze – only to be met by a gray skies and a downpour! Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in Port Aransas if you need to wait out some showers – and a sunny day is always just around the corner. Here are our top rainy day indoor things to do in Port Aransas.

Go to the Texas State Aquarium


Only a 45-minute drive from Port Aransas, you’ll love exploring the subaquatic world at the Texas State Aquarium. Get a thrill with hands on activities with sharks and stingrays, enjoy live animal shows, watch feedings, and enjoy educational presentations featuring a variety of sea creatures. You can purchase tickets online here , and be sure to check the presentation schedule to view all the shows that are included in the price of your ticket.

Catch a movie in Aransas Pass

Nothing puts you in the mood for a good movie like a rainy day. Head over to Aransas Pass Movies Inc  for some cinema to pass the time. You’ll take the free ferry  over to Aransas Pass, which will add some excitement to the excursion. To make the trip even more fun, stop by Coffee Waves  on your way out of Port A and enjoy a coffee, tea, or gelato on your 30-minute trip across the channel. If you don’t want to use the ferry, you can also check out Century 16 in Corpus Christi.

Visit the Port Aransas Art Center

The Port Aransas Art Center  is a fun and easy way to pass some time on a rainy afternoon. The center was started 25 years ago by a group of artists who wanted to collaborate and share their art. Now, a full gallery is available to the public as well as classes and events. To get the most accurate information on their schedule, give them a call at (361) 749-7334 and see if you can take advantage of their amazing (and free) family art day while you’re in town!

Get Creative at Fire it Ceramics
Tap into your inner artist and head the Fire it Ceramics , where you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of ceramics inventory and make the piece your very own! You’ll go to work painting anything from decorative pieces like animal or succulent figurines to functional ceramics like coffee mugs or planters. The team there will fire it for you, and you can pick your masterpiece up 1–3 days later or have it shipped for a small fee. Check out their Instagram page  to start dreaming up your work of art!

Enjoy Potters on Cotter
If you’re not in the mood to get your hands dirty but want to see a true artist at work, stop by Potters on Cotter  for a taste of local talent. Potters on Cotter is a small working gallery with wheel thrown stoneware, unique jewelry and a large selection of photo cards. You’ll be greeted by the warm smile of the owner, Brenda Barnett, and get to see her creating various masterpieces. Potters on Cotter is a great choice if you’re in the mood for a good story, a treasure trove of unique shopping, and a fun hole in the wall vibe!

Instead of staring out the window waiting for the rain to pass, go enjoy one of these many indoor things to do in Port Aransas . You won’t regret it!