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Thanksgiving 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 celebrate fall and Thanksgiving fun in a beach town. 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. 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 this Thanksgiving. 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, 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

If your vacation to Port Aransas includes the young, or young at heart, book a cruise to sail the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel and take part in dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, cannon fire, and lots of pirate fun! Bring your camera to capture all the memories. 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 and slice through the waters of the Gulf at top speed. There are several companies that rent jet skis for plenty of fast-paced water excitement. Contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers. You may need to obtain a Texas boating certificate before piloting a craft, either on your own or during a group tour.

Glowing Kayak Tour

Enjoy a different kind of kayak tour when you board a clear kayak lit up by special underwater LED lights! The clear boat allows you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings you can choose, but also the underwater world beneath you. Set the lights to your preference for a unique color and style. Paddle along as your tour guide points out landmarks and provide a wealth of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.

Thanksgiving in 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 mentioned in our Thanksgiving 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 start planning your Thanksgiving retreat to Port Aransas!