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Thanksgiving Guide to Port Aransas

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Celebrating fall and Thanksgiving fun in a beach town can provide an exciting change of pace for the whole family, and there are plenty of Thanksgiving-themed as well as year-round activities and attractions to experience during your Port Aransas Thanksgiving retreat! Check them all out with our Thanksgiving guide to Port Aransas below.

Thanksgiving Dinner

There are several restaurants around Port Aransas that are offering the traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. Contact the restaurant of your choice and ask about reservations, carry out, and delivery options if you’d rather avoid the crowds.


No matter what time of year you arrive in Port Aransas, you’ll need to make sure to plan plenty of beach time; even during Fall, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are pleasant. Plant your beach umbrella for a day of lounging on the sand with a book, or step out into the sun for a little sunbathing, or even dive into the waters for a brisk swim. You can also keep up on your exercise routine, or work off the delicious Thanksgiving feast, with a run or walk on the beach.


The easy activity is one people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Charter a tour or rent some gear and strike out on your own. Check out the bays and shallow waters, piers, and jetties, or ask about the best places to see what’s biting in the Fishing Capital of Texas. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush with your catch of the day, head out on a deep sea trip in search of kingfish, marlin, tuna, and others who lurk in deep waters, or add a thrill with nighttime or shark fishing.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

Book a cruise to sail the high seas like the pirates of old! The Red Dragon Pirate Cruise travels through the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel to take guests dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, and more! Enjoy soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks adult pirates enjoy.

Lydia Ann Lighthouse

Built in 1857, the Lydia Ann Lighthouse is also known as the Aransas Pass Light Station and is not accessible by road. Take a cruise past it in your own vessel, charter a tour that goes past, or get a good view of it from nearby Roberts Point Park. No matter how you see it, you’ll want to make sure to catch a glimpse of it before your Thanksgiving retreat comes to an end.

Surf Camp

Get the adrenaline pumping while you learn a new skill when you learn to surf on your Thanksgiving trip to Port Aransas. You can try your hand at windsurfing or traditional surfing along the Port Aransas coast. You’ll learn from professional instructors during private lessons that will give you the skills to rent your own board and surf the waves on your own.

Jet Skis

For more adrenaline-pumping fun on your Thanksgiving respite, rent a jet ski! Blast through the gulf on a jet ski tour, or just rent one yourself and get your heart pumping; just be aware you may need to obtain a Texas boating certificate before piloting a craft, either on your own or during a group tour. There are several companies that rent jet skis, simply contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers.

Glowing Kayak Tour

The Glowing Kayak Tours of Port Aransas offer a truly unique experience.  The clear boat, lit by customizable LEDs, illuminates the underwater world beneath you in a beautiful fashion. Set the lights to your preference for a unique color and style, and the tour is highly informative, complete with historical facts about tour landmarks.

Thanksgiving in Port Aransas

The Dunes has a wide array of vacation rentals, promising easy access to the beach and proximity to many other area attractions, tours, shopping, dining, and activities mentioned in this Thanksgiving guide to Port Aransas. This includes one to three-bedroom units, fully equipped kitchens, open living spaces, private balconies, and more! Luxury unties even offer multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more; contact us today to learn more and to start planning your Thanksgiving retreat to Port Aransas!