Perched on the shores of the Laguna Madre on the coast of south Texas, Bluff's Landing Marina and Lodge is a modern fishing and hunting lodge with a full-service marina. You’ll be within walking distance of the marina when you stay in a king or two-doubles room, decorated with rustic lodge items such as mounted deer heads and plaid-upholstered chairs, and you’ll have great views of the nearby ocean. Next door to the marina is Laguna Reef Restaurant, where the house chefs will cook up your day’s catch, or you can nosh on coconut shrimp and fried oysters while looking out over Laguna Madre. There’s free parking, a live bait and tackle shop onsite, and a free boat launch for the naval battleship you’ve been hauling around.
Funtrackers summons fun-seekers with a mother lode of scintillating attractions for guests of all ages. Drivers in tiny cars vanquish fellow racers with expert passing maneuvers and cloying drive-time radio jams across four different go-kart tracks, which range from a kiddie track built for drivers 3 aged and older to a pro track reserved for motorists with a valid driver’s license or permit. Floating in a 3-foot-deep pool, guests can douse each other with water from a squirt-gun turret built in to bumper boats, engaging comrades in a friendly rivalry to be continued at the 18-hole, tropical-themed miniature-golf course. Inside, buzzing sounds and whirring lights emanate from more than 50 arcade games, including skee-ball and air hockey, many of which reward success with tickets that can be redeemed for an assortment of fun prizes.
With a 2,500-square-foot patio and two bars, The Sparrow's Landing promises lots of room for relaxation. The laid-back drinking hole and grill borrows recipes from both sides of the Atlantic to create its menu, which features a burger called The Irishman with beer-battered potato planks, cheddar cheese, and whiskey barbecue sauce, as well as shrimp po' boys sided with macaroni and cheese. As for entertainment, 10 giant TVs air throughout the space and local bands take the stage to serenade guests as they sip their choice of beer on tap or specialty cocktail.
At Kidz Ultimate Party Zone, youngsters frolic through a climate-controlled play area stocked with inflatable slides and houses, taking occasional jaunts up the rock wall or plunges into the dunk tank. Children befriend critters at an outdoor petting zoo, and trained staffers oversee the hubbub, painting faces to resemble animals that happen to have mustaches. At onsite craft workshops, little ones can stuff their own teddy bears, and toddlers can safely explore a zone that caters exclusively to ages 3 and younger.
Chaperoning adults can bound through the inflatables alongside their children or retire to a private room to belt out heartfelt karaoke on adult themes such as love, loss, and itsy bitsy spiders. Free WiFi allows for frequent email checks, and adults can arrange to augment off-site events with rentals from the complex's stash of party equipment, such as the mechanical bull.
The PASA-certified kiteboarding instructors at 361KITE can harness the wind to propel their boards across waves and catch big-time air above the water. With a strong emphasis on safety, they teach students how to do the same thing using top-notch kiteboarding equipment. During lessons, beginners learn all of the basics on land while more experienced students head to the water with their boards to perfect the exhilarating art of confusing birds. Depending on the conditions, locations of lessons may vary.
Atop the unspoiled beaches of Port Aransas, the design-and-planning team at Port A Weddings lends besotted couples the tools and support to join their lots in intimate ceremonies or 150-guest celebrations. Beach, chapel, and yacht weddings imbue matrimonial proceedings with romantic mystique, and à la carte rentals allow couples to customize their ceremonies down to the chair sashes and whoopee cushions. Beach-party packages facilitate fireside revelry among friends without the solemn supervision of an officiant.