If you come to Port Aransas hoping to see colorful trees, feel cool temperatures, and wear your warm sweaters that have been packed away for the year, well, you may be a little disappointed. If, however, you make your way to our section of paradise hoping to extend the fun of summer a little longer, only without all the suffocating humidity associated with the heat of summer, we at The Dunes want to be the first to welcome you home! This part of Texas does experience much of what you might consider traditional fall experiences, but that tends to occur closer to the winter months! Instead, the glory days of summer continue into the fall, offering beach days, lazy evenings, and lower temperatures that will make you want to spend as much time outside as possible! This guide to the best fall activities in Port Aransas will help make sure you don’t miss out on a single moment of fun!

Sunrise in Paradise

Every vacation deserves to have at least one sunrise shining in it and your Port Aransas fall escape is no exception. Plan on rising early at least one day, you can always go back to bed after the “show” is over, and marvel in the wonder of a beautiful fall morning filled with color! The fire in the sky is enhanced by the clear waters of the sea underneath and as you sit out on your balcony letting the serenity of sunrise fill your soul, you will know that this moment will be the brightest moment in a vacation filled with beauty!

Breakfast for Champions!

Whether you chose to go back to bed after your early rise and are just getting around to enjoying breakfast later in the morning or your grumbling stomach demands you seek an early meal, one traditional fall breakfast can be enjoyed at Coach’s Island Grill, located at 717 Tarpon Street which serves the best pancakes in the state! We can’t answer why pancakes are always the best breakfast on cooler mornings in fall, but we can promise Coach’s fluffy treats never fail to please! Carb load your way to a sweeter outlook on life and worry about the extra calories AFTER you return home!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Lower temperatures encourage visitors to get outside and play as often as possible and the Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture offers a breathtaking and educational way to enjoy the weather! Offering guided nature walks every Saturday morning at 8 and Nature Preserve yoga on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, there are also picnic tables and pavilions at which you can enjoy the peace and serenity of this protected spot, perhaps checking out the wildlife that shyly make their presence known during these beautiful days of the year. The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, located at Ross Avenue is another amazing place to walk on the wild side, offering an observation area where you can watch birds take flight (Port Aransas is a favored spot for bird watching, so add an app to your phone, grab some binoculars and start keeping track of all you see) or watch lazy alligators sleep, hunt, and relax from your safe perch far above! The views from here will take your breath away and signage along the boardwalk will show pictures of some of the birds you can expect to see during your adventures at the Birding Center.


You may not have expected to enjoy a golf vacation during your fall escape to Port Aransas but the Palmilla Beach Golf Club, located at 258 Snapdragon, offers nine holes of natural beauty interspersed with the immaculately groomed greens that will be the spot of your greatest triumphs or your lowest lows! Get up early and enjoy the cooler early morning temps and after you finish your first nine, turn around and do it again as the day stays mild and beautiful! Finish off your 18 holes with a visit to the 19th hole, REDS patio bar, and enjoy a day that is as close to perfect as you dreamt it could be!

The Beauty of Home & Fall Activities in Port Aransas

All of the above adventures will be enhanced by the comforts found in your Dunes seasonal sanctuary! Offering a variety of luxurious condos in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, you can watch your favorite scary movies (have they finally killed off Michael Myers, or is that a series that will continue forever?) on state-of-the-art televisions, enjoy a spicy bowl of Texas chili that you created yourself in our fully equipped kitchens, and just relax and savor the peace of the sea from the vantage point of the balcony! Reserve your favorite escape today and let the joy of fall that still feels like summer fills your heart!