The small bayside community of Aransas Pass arose along the Redfish Bay shores with the discovery of oil after three previous attempts to develop the area.
With two attempts to develop the city as a potential farming area, in 1909 the City of Aransas Pass was founded by a firm that platted the area and promoted a great land lottery. With all of the lots being sold, the town still remained a sleepy fishing village for the next thirty years until oil was discovered on the land, bringing a boom of people to the area.
Today, Aransas Pass is a charming residential bayside community known for its small town atmosphere and great saltwater fishing. Fine bayside estates, inland homes, condominiums and businesses provide an ideal setting for vacation or permanent residence. More than 75% of the city limits is consumed by water, keeping the area an attraction to many. Aransas Pass offers activities ranging from birding, duck hunting, fishing, boating, ecotourism, and kayaking. The Rialto Theater is located in the heart of downtown and hosts art, music and theater all in one venue. Located between Corpus Christi and Rockport, Aransas Pass is within easy access to many activities including golf courses, parks, shopping centers and numerous South Texas cultural attractions.