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Winter Guide to Port Aransas

You came to Port Aransas for Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico – and to get away from more cold and snowy locales this winter. There is plenty to do and see inside and out on a winter respite to Port Aransas, check it out in our winter guide to Port Aransas.


No matter what time of year you arrive in Port Aransas, you’ll need to make sure to plan plenty of beach time. Pack up your gear and head out for a day on the sand or brave the cooler waters of the Gulf for a swim or other water adventure. Spread out your beach blanket and 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. You can also keep up on your exercise routine with a run or walk on the beach.

Marine Life

Get out and tour the waters of Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico. Charter a tour and head out in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life that call the water around Port Aransas home. Make sure to bring your camera to catch glimpses of the majestic animals, as well as the breathtaking views of the Gulf. Daytime and sunset tours are available from many companies, and some allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks for a perfect time at sea.

Port Aransas Museum & Farley’s Historic Boat Shop

Learn more about Port Aransas and what shaped the town into what it is today. The museum boasts a number of temporary and permanent exhibits, with a featured exhibit changing regularly. The museum is located in a 1900s “kit house” at 400 N. Alister and is open Thursday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m., with tours given by local volunteers. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Farley Boat Works is the premier boat builder in Port Aransas, specializing in tarpon fishing boats. The “living exhibit” can be visited at 716 W. Avenue C on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. It is closed Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.

Glowing Kayak Tour

Enjoy a different way to kayak the waters of Port Aransas. Board a unique clear kayak that’s lit up by special LED lights made for underwater excursions! The clear boat allows you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings, but also the underwater world beneath you as you paddle. Set the lights to your personal preference of color and style. Paddle along as your tour guide points out landmarks and provides an abundance of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

Fun for the whole family, you can sail the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel and enjoy dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, cannon fire, and plenty of pirate fun! Bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief, as well as glimpses of marine wildlife. Enjoy soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks adult pirates in the group crave.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute

The University of Texas at Austin houses its Marine Science Institute on the shores of Port Aransas. The institute’s goal is to educate the public on marine science and how to take care of the marine environment of Port Aransas and the surrounding area. Public programs, lectures, and more are hosted at the institute, and the Patton Marine Science Education Center is opening soon.

Jet Skis

Rent a jet ski and slice through the waters of the Gulf at top speed. There are several companies that rent jet skis for the fast-paced water excitement you crave. Contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers. You may have to obtain a Texas boating certificate before piloting a craft yourself, even with a tour group.

Winter Fun with the Winter Guide to Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf. We’re also close to many other area attractions, tours, shopping, dining, and activities that are mentioned in the winter guide to Port Aransas. We offer one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms for your larger group. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Contact us today to book your winter retreat to Port Aransas!