Charm of the Texas Coast
SURROUNDED BY THE sparkling waters of Copano and Aransas Bays and bathed year-round by soothing Gulf breezes, nestled among ancient windswept oaks and steeped in a colorful community of cultures, recently selected as one of the “Smallest Cool Towns in America” and Best Places to Visit in Texas, Rockport-Fulton is in a class of its own...
Rockport and Fulton offer some of the best fishing on the coast, birding opportunities, art galleries, shopping and enjoying the beautiful “Blue Wave” beach. Vacation time is a year-round affair.
Named a Cultural Arts Community in 2016! The towns of Rockport and Fulton offer a special charm, the kind of charm that has led many prominent artists to make this area their home. Named one of the top 10 Coastal Artist Communities in the U.S., the area boasts one of the best collections of art galleries anywhere.
Over 400 different bird species can be spotted in the marshes and along the sandy beach throughout the year. The Whooping Crane is an endangered species and the nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which was named the #5 Birding Spot in the USA, is their winter home. Don’t miss the HummerBird Celebration held the third weekend in September.
Points of Interest
• Rockport Center for the Arts - Sculpture garden and exhibits in three galleries. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission.
• Texas Maritime Museum - The official maritime museum of Texas. The museum features nautical artifacts, hands-on displays, outdoor exhibits and a museum store stocked with a treasure of gifts both nautical and natural. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Small admission charge for nonmembers.
• Bay Education Center - The center of attraction is a Science on a Sphere system which projects animated images and data on a sphere. It is one of only 80 worldwide. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
• Rockport Beach Blue Wave is a nationally certified Blue Wave Beach and has a focus on the protection of human health and the enivornment. It has handicap accessibility, meeting and public restroom facilities and swimmable waters.
• Other points of interest: Rockport- Fulton Visitor Center: Goose Island State Park, famous 1,000-plus year old Live Oak “Big Tree,” Aransas National
Wildlife Refuge, Memorial Park Hiking and Biking Trails, Community Pool and Skate Park, golf courses, Copano Causeway Pier and Boat Launch, Cove
Harbor Marina and Pier – North and South, Fulton and Rockport Harbors, Fulton Pier, Fulton Schoolhouse Museum, Campsite of General Zachary Taylor - Zachary Taylor Tree; and sightseeing in the Lamar area includes: Schoenstatt Shrine, Lamar Cemetery and the Stella Maris Chapel.
• Fulton Mansion - The extravagant Victorian mansion and gift shop overlook Aransas Bay.
Our area is also noted for the fabulous narrated boat excursions titled “Whooping Crane Boat Tours” November through March and Dolphin and Sunsets cruises throughout the year.
Rockport-Fulton offers a variety of fabulous restaurants with unique cuisine. Some will also “Cook your Catch.”
The newest attraction to Aransas County, “Aransas Pathways,” is a venue project adding new visitor attractions to the area. The four major areas are: Hike/Bike, History, Birding, and Kayaking. Sites now open include: Linda S. Castro Birding and Nature Site, History Center for Aransas County, Airport Road Kayak Site, and many more. Pathways Center Pavilion and Bridge, is the central information center for the project, a place to relax while studying maps, photos and information on existing and future sites. Pathways Center is adjacent to the City Hike and Bike trail and has its own birding and nature site.