Owner and golf guru Matt Christian brings countless golf, fitness, and club-fitting certifications to Elite Golf Performance, where private lessons pair with video analysis to shave strokes from scorecards. Elite’s expert instructors help students develop simple, routine-based exercises focusing on coordination and consistency, following an Elite Golf Performance mode of instruction espoused by PGA Tour winners and US Open champions. The center also boasts a repertoire of technological teaching aids, allowing players to dissect their technique with video swing analysis.
Big Shell Bikes bestows coastal riders with maintained bicycles for self-propelled adventures through the scenic area. Riders can climb atop cruiser-style bikes such as women’s medium Huntington Beach bike or men’s large Electra Cruisers to propel themselves around Port Aransas’ awe-inducing views of sandy shores, rolling waves, and heavily guarded sand castles. Big Shell maintains its fleet of pedal-powered transports with only industry-known cruiser-brand parts, such as Schwinn and Huffy, to ensure smooth, solid rides. Additionally, Grouponers can opt to apply their vouchers toward the rental of a sand bike ($53 a day), an eight-speed steed equipped with thick tires designed to glide through sandy shores without bogging down or accumulating itchy grains between bike crevices.
The accommodating staff at Island Surf Shop and Kayaks rents out a large selection of beach buggies, skillfully coupling wayward beachcombers with a coast-exploring vehicle. Hop into your sand-flecked buggie to discover the dune-hugged beaches of Port Aransas, a town on the northern tip of Mustang Island, replete with brightly hued beach houses, trilling seabirds, and coin-operated sandcastle-building machines. Each one-hour rental outfits sandfaring customers in a shaded, four-seater golf cart fitted with oversized beach-ready tires. Rentals are subject to weather conditions, so plan your adventure on a day with a low chance of raindrops or gumdrops hailstorms.
Under the guidance of experienced groove guru Richard Roberts, Strictly Ballroom teaches fledgling foxtroters and seasoned sambaers fundamentals of dance, foot position, rhythm, timing, and leading or following in the dance center's customized, private dance lessons. Wielding a decade's worth of competitive dancing instruction, Richard specializes in several styles—including lively shimmies such as the swing and cha-cha, as well as elegant waltzes, tangos, rumbas, and more. Classes are tailored to each student's individual skill level and stance on spandex, and Richard breaks steps down via four basic elements of ballroom and directional movements.
Boasting professional actors and method maniacs, Fright Night doles out fabulous frights and shriek-inducing smells alongside fear-raising animatronics. The 10,000-square-foot space houses ghoulish scenes that can be occasionally spattery, which makes this scare-sperience more suitable for children with a modest level of bravery. Between Fright Night and its spine-tickling cousin, Twisted Chaos, this haunt-jaunt is sure to shake a few boots, shutter a few shoulders, and at the very least, stir up a few shrieking falsetto solos. Both seasonal spots are open Thursday–Sunday from 7 p.m. through the late-evening howling hours.
Founded by fifth-generation stable manager Brennan Wells, Horses on the Beach perpetuates equestrian appreciation by sending eager riders on coastal journeys with hardy, locally bred horses. Sunset rides depart at 4 p.m., sending noble steeds and their human top hats out into the fresh air just as the sun begins to melt into the horizon like a scoop of strawberry gelato on an Olympian's bicep. Riders man the reigns as they travel down a stretch of pristine coastline, tromping along sandy shoals and grassy dunes as crisp, salty waves lash against the beach. Purchase multiple rides as gifts to guide your stepsister, water polo team, or unrequited love through the surf. This Groupon is good from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, and reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.