The Texas Tease
At 74 feet long, the Texas Tease can hold up to 60 passengers for two-hour tours that can travel 50 miles off the shoreline. It will also soon be serving catered meals and alcoholic beverages on dinner and sunset cruises. Until then, it sells snacks, water, soft drinks, and setups on its two-a-night cruises, three days a week.
A double-decker boat, the Tease is air-conditioned on the lower deck, a vast difference from its sister tour boat, the open-air Japonica, which can only travel up to 1 mile from shore.
The two-hour cruises on the Tease run two a night, one leaving the dock at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The Sunday cruises leave at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tours are $30 for ages 11 and older and $20 for ages 10 and younger.
The Japonica is a 35-person capacity boat, offering one-hour cruises as opposed to the two-hour excursions possible on the Texas Tease. As the 50-foot, open-air touring boat cruises through the bay, the deckhand points out the sites such as the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington aircraft carrier, North Beach, the Harbor Bridge, and the downtown skyline. You’ll also learn insider information about some of the more unusual boats docked at the city marina.
Japonica’s one-hour cruises run daily May through Labor Day weekend. The schedule varies during the off-season, depending on the weather. Tickets can be purchased at Cathy’s Boutique and Gifts on Harrison’s Landing at the People’s Street T-Head and are $15 for ages 11 and older and $10 for ages 10 and younger.
For more information on full moon, sunset, Harbor Bridge light show, and private party cruises, visit the website at harrisonslanding.net or call (361) 881-8503 ext. 2.
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