Paintball Fixx's three outdoor fields sport a variety of bunkers and barricades that enhance any game of speedball or rec ball. Red and blue inflatable bunkers sprout up all over the air ball field, whose tight confines encourage a fast-paced game. The rec ball field, on the other hand, provides players with a little more breathing room as they stalk through tall grasses, crouch behind stacked tires, or take to the trenches found along the field's eastern edge. The Alamo field features its very own fort on the west end, though its narrower width still tends to make games move pretty quickly.
Cathy and Chuck Willd opened Pop Goes the Easel by combining their respective talents. Cathy—a painter with a talent for acrylics—blends impressionism and realism in her work, which has sold through the Thomas Kinkaid Art Gallery. Co-owner Chuck pours his musical talent into Pop Goes the Easel's TV theme song ads and also assists with classes. Chris Comeaux rounds out the team as manager and class leader, where she guides students of all ages through the creation of featured paintings that include realistic landscapes and more.
Dolphin Watch Nature Tours bestows guests with opportunities to gaze at the aquatic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico or to catch the aquatic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico and give it a new home in your stomach. On the dolphin-watching cruise, observe the marine mammals in their natural environment as they feed, play, and plot to start a baseball team. Pelicans, cormorants, and whooping cranes are common sights on the tour, in addition to dolphins. Those who opt for the fishing trip may haul in such maritime delicacies as sand trout, drum, and sheephead, and won't have to worry about buying expensive fishing dynamite, as rod, reel, bait, and tackle are included.
Shrimporee is a sprawling shrimp festival that delivers crustaceous creations and zany, shrimp-themed festivities to families seeking fun and flavor. At the HEB Culinary Tent, chefs from across the state hook audiences with seafood-cooking demonstrations. The annual Shrimporee parade is another popular attraction with its gaudy floats and conga lines of flamboyant shrimp, getting underway on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Throughout the three-day fiesta, Aransas Pass's streets swell with the country crooning of singer Kyle Park and the Tejano serenades of Jay Perez, and an Eagles tribute band resurrects classic songs using magical guitars. Ambitious shrimp munchers take the stage to lay waste to entire crustacean civilizations in the shrimp-eating contest, and men flaunt their gams in the Men's Sexy Legs competition. This Groupon does not cover the cost of food, arts-and-crafts activities, or carnival rides.
The home of "increasingly famous burgers," Wild Horse Saloon & Grill spreads out tasty pub fare in a building that previously served as a church and a community theater. After finding a seat, guests can grab a handful of free peanuts, fling the shells to the floor in slow motion, and check the menu for potential edibles. The Stampede burger's hand-pressed, one-pound patty of Angus beef is smothered in a slew of toppings including bacon, four slices of cheese, peppers, and chili and arrives with a heap of hand-cut french fries ($12.45). Diners can also blow their tongues' minds with a "somewhat famous" chicken sandwich ($7.45) or bite into the eatery's "completely obscure" fish entree, the grilled mahi mahi sandwich ($7.95). Thin-crust pizzas ($5.95–$17.95) can be ordered from a selection of signature styles, customized with an array of fresh ingredients, or quickly stacked into a pizza-cake in the event of an impromptu wedding.
Chefs fuel hungry fisher-folk as they cast lines from picturesque Keepers Pier, serving them a menu of burgers and drinks. Beefy bounties commence with two juicy Jalitos, thinly sliced jalapeño peppers that receive generous coats of breading and dips into the deep frier. Cool down jalapeño-warmed mouths with a soft drink of your choice or by installing miniature fans on your uvula, before biting into a thick Beach burger. After the meal, diners can pick up their fishing pole and hit up some of the U.S. Gulf Coast’s most productive fishing piers. Baited lines can lure texas red fish, scrumptious speckled trout, and whopping black-drum fish, which can grow up to 78 pounds. Big-game sharks prowl the waters, as do feisty cobia fish, whose delicate white meat obtains its color after chilling, late-night readings of Moby Dick.