Chapel on the Dunes

One of the most visited places in Port Aransas is perched poignantly on a high sand dune in Old Town. This Port Aransas gem is a place for serenity and celebration.  


In the late 1930s the Chapel on the Dunes was built by author, astronomer, artist, and Poet Laureate, Aline Carter. Carter was passionate about sharing her knowledge with local children and held cake and ice cream socials after Sunday School each week in the chapel.

Built on one of the highest points in Port Aransas and overlooking the ocean, the outside of the chapel is striking enough on its own, but in 1972, artist John Patrick Cobb painted the whitewashed interior with inspiring murals that still inspire awe upon entry. The murals are Biblical in nature, with the New Testament depicted on the north wall and the Old Testament represented on the South wall.

The passion and intensity of Carter’s faith can be felt by all who enter the Chapel.


Want to see the history for yourself? The Port Aransas Museum offers free guided chapel tours every first and third Saturday of the month starting at 9:15 a.m. Additional tours may be scheduled upon request through the Port Aransas Museum


Today, the Chapel on the Dunes can be reserved through Starkey Properties for weddings (link to Chapel wedding page), memorials, vow renewals, and soul searching. The tranquility of the Chapel adds layers to celebrations and services.


The Chapel Cottage is part of the Chapel on the Dunes property and available for rentals. This cottage sleeps 8. The family is also in the midst of renovations on the Chapel House and Chapel Quarters, both of which will be available for rental upon completion.

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