Are you a fiend for fall? The fresh Texas weather and lively seaside festivals draw crowds to the gulf just as the seasons turn, and you don’t want to miss it. Book your trip to Port Aransas and explore the shores of Texas with all five of your fall-loving senses.
What to Do in Port Aransas, TX in the Fall
Smell The Ocean Air and Taste the Local Food
Mornings in Port Aransas start with the sweet, heavenly breezes coming off the water and strong cup of coffee. If you’re an early riser and love seafood, you’ll be well-suited for a morning trip out in the bay where you can catch your own fresh trout, redfish, and tuna for a feast later in the day. If you’re a late sleeper, you can catch a whiff of the surf smorgasbord by visiting one or several of the laid-back bistros in the Port Aransas area. The aroma of steamed crab, fried mussels, and sautéed shrimp is enough to lure you into one of the local seaside eateries. Although Port Aransas is known for its irresistible seafood, it caters to the visiting herbivores as well. Vegetarians can hop over to Corpus Christi on October 9th for VegFest, a plant-based food festival that features local vendors, music, and veggie cooking demonstrations. At the other end of the spectrum is the local barbecue scene. If you are a committed carnivore, you must make time for MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen for a casual night out.
Feel the Sand and See the Art
Fall in Port Aransas means one thing to locals: SandFest. SandFest is the largest festival of the year in Port Aransas and it draws crowds upwards of 10,000 people each season. SandFest features sand sculptors from all over the country. If you love feeling Texas beach sand between your fingers and toes, you can sign up for the amateur sand sculpting contest at SandFest… or just play around in the sandpit while the professionals make magic. For more information visit the official SandFest website. For another tactile sensory experience, catch the Wooden Boat Festival from October 29th – 31st. This festival takes place every year and features handcrafted Farley boats, sail boats, and kayaks. Everyone in the family can enjoy this seaside festival. Tour the nautical market and row down the harbor before grabbing some food from one of the local festival vendors. The pièce de résistance is the Family Boat Build Contest: a competition in which families build boats in two days and launch them to test their seaworthiness.
Perhaps the subtlest experience you’ll have in Port Aransas is the quiet sound of the tide in the evening. After the crowds retire and the sun goes down, the natural music of a tranquil Port Aransas will lull you to sleep in a comfortable and luxurious beachfront Sandpiper condominium. Book your fall experience soon!