Mustang Island State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

Set on a narrow strip of land just off the coast of southeast Texas, Mustang Island State Park is a beach lover's dream. Rolling waves lap at windblown sand dunes, and the expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico are mesmerizing, not to mention photogenic. Pack your sunscreen and settle in for long, lazy days of swimming and sunshine. With more than 5 miles of white-sand beach to explore, you can socialize or find a private spot to relax. If you’re feeling active, the park offers exceptional kayaking, bird-watching, and fishing opportunities. Corpus Christi lies just 15 miles away, and San Antonio is a manageable 165-mile drive. 

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Weather
Spring 65-85 F
Summer 80-92 F
Fall 60-90 F
Winter 50-68 F
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Nearby Cities
Corpus Christi, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mustang Island State Park

Enjoy the spectacular ocean views in comfort by bringing an RV to Mustang Island State Park. A motorhome is the perfect place to get out of the wind, sand, and sun after a long day on the beach – and you’ll still wake up to the sun sparkling on the ocean. Find out how comfortable RV camping can be with an RV rental.

Mustang Island State Park Campground

Camp right on the sand at Mustang Island State Park Campground. Here, you’re always a short walk from the beach where you can enjoy early morning strolls or end the day with a campfire under the stars. The RV-friendly part of the campground offers 48 sites, each with water and 50-amp electric hookups. All of the sites come with a picnic table, grill, and a shade shelter. Sewer hookups aren’t available, but the on-site restrooms and showers keep you comfortable. Nightly rates start at $20 per night; you’ll also need to pay a daily park entrance fee.

On the Beach RV Park

Sleep within a stone’s throw of the sand at On the Beach RV Park. With its green, grassy spots and perfect waterfront location, this is a great spot for round-the-clock beach fun. It’s designed for comfort; every site includes Wi-Fi, full hookups, and cable TV. The shower house makes it easy to keep sand out of your RV, and the on-site laundry is a lifesaver after a long day in the saltwater. Rates start at $53 per night in the low season and run as high as $105 in the high season. 

Laguna Shore Village RV Park

If you’re searching for a quiet place to camp, check out Laguna Shore Village RV Park. With its peaceful sites, this is a popular option for couples and retirees. Located next to Laguna Madre, this park offers cooling breezes and lovely views of the North Padre Islands. All of the sites here offer free Wi-Fi and cable as well as full hookups. Within a quick walk of your RV, you’ll find a coin laundry, rec room, and hot showers. Keep in mind that all sites are back-in; however, the staff will help you park, so feel free to bring your big rig. Rates start at $40 per night and $240 per week.

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What to Do at
Mustang Island State Park

Inside Mustang Island State Park

The 5-mile beach is the central attraction at Mustang Island State Park. Play beach volleyball, swim in the waves, or just relax in the sunshine with a good book. After dark, campfires light up the sand as campers enjoy unparalleled stargazing over the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the calmer waters on the opposite side of the island by kayak or canoe; the 20-mile Mustang Island Paddling Trail takes you past hidden coves and silent inlets. Fishing and geocaching are also popular activities in the park, and the local bird-watching is some of the best in Texas.

Outside Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park sits in the center of the spectacular Texas shoreline. The outdoor opportunities are endless – explore the other barrier islands, watch wildlife, or soak up the sunshine on the stunning beaches. When you’re in the mood for shopping or dining, Corpus Christi is just a short drive away.

Restaurants

Scuttlebutt's Seafood Bar & Grill

Known for its diverse menu, Scuttlebutt’s is a great family option. Go for seafood, or keep it simple with a classic sandwich. Be sure to check out the extensive wine and craft beer selection.

Type: Seafood and more

Location: 14254 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Mikel May's Beachside Bar & Grill

When it comes to location, this is the best spot near Mustang Island State Park. It sits on a pier in the ocean, so you can enjoy a cocktail and casual pub food with unparalleled ocean views.

Type: Pub food

Location: 15820 Park Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Brooklyn Pie Co.

Grab a pizza to go or dine in at this family-friendly restaurant. As the name suggests, it specializes in Brooklyn-style pies.

Type: Pizza

Location: 15326 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge

Under the expert guidance of Chef David Lee, this restaurant offers creative sushi rolls with a Texas twist. Every dish is made with fresh fish from Hawaii.

Type: Sushi

Location: 15121 S. Padre Island Dr. #101, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Texas Mesquite BBQ and Grill

Bring your appetite to this spot; you’ll need it for the massive servings of brisket, ribs, and other meats. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the wild boar or antelope. Everything comes with the delicious house-made sauces.

Type: BBQ

Location: 11862 TX-361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Shopping

Ocean Treasures

Search for local souvenirs at this small shop that sits a short drive south of the park.

Location: 14049 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Padre Islander & Island Sports

If you’re missing any gear for watersports, you’ll find it at this large, friendly store.

Location: 14514 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Shops At Oso Bay

Spend an afternoon wandering around this outdoor shopping mall located on the water in Corpus Christi.

Location: 1813 Ennis Joslin Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78412

La Palmera

When it’s too hot or windy to stay outdoors, the La Palmera shopping mall is a great alternative. This indoor mall has something for everyone, including a food court and a nearby movie theater.

Location: 5488 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78411

By The Book Bookstore

This friendly local shop offers books for everyone alongside a limited selection of souvenirs and clothing.

Location: 702 Ayers St., Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Sightseeing

Texas State Aquarium

When the weather turns, head indoors to this fantastic facility that gives you the opportunity to peek into the underwater world. Check out the life in a coral reef, watch sharks swim around a shipwreck, or interact with dolphins.

Location: 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78402

Padre Island National Seashore

This protected area has an important claim to fame: It’s the longest undeveloped barrier island coastline in the world. With more than 70 miles to explore, you can watch sea turtles hatching, swim in the waves, or spot more than 380 types of birds. Here, you’ll also find Texas’s best kayaking, surfing, hiking, and biking.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Get some high-speed thrills at this popular waterpark that offers a lazy river, wild waterslides, water coasters, wave pools, and more. Visit with friends or come as a family; the park is fun for all ages.

Location: 400 N. Liberty Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130

U.S.S. Lexington

Don’t miss this massive air carrier that has been transformed into a museum and an interactive experience. Take a self-guided tour, check out the parked planes on the flight deck, watch a 3-D movie, and more; you can stay all day without running out of things to do.

Location: 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78402

Kiteboarding

Head to the Corpus Christi Bay to watch the kiteboarders in action. With its high winds, this is one of the best places in the United States for the sport. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a lesson with one of the local outfitters. Wildcat Park is one of the most popular spots in the area, but you can also check out North Beach and McGee Beach. 

Location: Corpus Christi Bay

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How to Get to
Mustang Island State Park

To reach Mustang Island State Park, you’ll need to get to Highway 361; it runs right through the park. Coming from Corpus Christi, take Interstate 37 to Highway 358 to reach the island. From the north near Aransas Pass, take Highway 35 to Highway 361 as it crosses the Aransas Bay.

Entering Mustang Island State Park

Visit Mustang Island State Park any time; it’s open year-round.

Adult : $5

Child (12 or younger) : $0

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