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51 Things To Do

When in Rockport-Fulton, try some of these fun activities!

  1. FULTON MANSION & EDUCATION HISTORY CENTER - The 1870's French Second Empire structure is the former home of cattleman George W. Fulton. Innovative for its time, the house features several modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing, central lighting and heating. Call (361) 729-0386 for hours and fee.
  2. TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM - Experience the rich maritime heritage of Texas from Spanish exploration to the search for offshore oil and gas. You can experience how Texas has relied on the sea to become the great state that it is today. Fee. Located across from Rockport Harbor. Call (361) 729-6644.
  3. ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Rooms filled with monthly changing exhibits. Members gallery room displaying the many talents of local artists. Classes. No admission fee. Call (361) 729-5519 for hours.
  4. ROCKPORT BEACH - Visit Texas’ first one-mile-long Blue Wave Beach with picnic cabanas, restroom facilities, wildlife sanctuary, boat ramps, fitness trail, Saltwater Pavillion, Beachfront Pavillion  fishing piers and a fantastic playground for the children or play a game of volleyball. Call (361) 729-6661.
  5. ARANSAS PATHWAYS - Are you looking for adventure…birding, history, trails and kayaking! Visit the new Pathways Center and bridge. Interpretive signage. Located north of the Walmart on the west side of Hway 35.
  6. CONNIE HAGAR WILDLIFE REFUGE - Step on the platform at the Rockport Beach Park or across from McDonalds and look across at the Rockport Beach Park or across the McDonalds and look over at the tremendous number of bird species living on the small islands in the bay.
  7. TOUR THE MANY ART GALLERIES - Take a gallery walk.
  8. MEMORIAL PARK AND DOG PARK - Go to www.cityofrockport.com
  9. FULTON PIER - The fish are waiting for you at the Fulton pier located at Fulton Navigation Park.
  10. WINDMILL IN THE TREE - During the Hurricane of 1919 what is believed to be the blade of the Fulton's windmill lodged in the tree behind the Fulton Mansion.
  11. CITY PARKS - Visit our City Parks for fitness trails, playground equipment, tennis and basketball courts and picnic areas. Pick up a parks brochure at the Visitors Center.
  12. SPIRIT COLUMNS - Located on Laurel Drive between the Festival Grounds and the Ski Basin, Rockport's first public art was created by world-class sculptor Jesus Bautista Moroles in honor of the volunteers of Aransas County.
  13. BAY EDUCATION CENTER - Learn about our bays and estuaries. Exhibits are open Tues-Sat at 1pm to 4pm. "Science on a Sphere" programs are at 2pm. Call 361-749-3161.
  14. SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP - Visit the many stores in the Austin Street downtown Rockport area, Harbor Oaks Shopping Village, Live Oak Plaza, SeaAire Shopping Center, Fulton Beach Road, downtown Fulton area and many others throughout the community.
  15. MASTER GARDENERS - Coastal Oaks Garden See how our gardens grow. FMI Call ( 361) 790-0103.
  16. ARANSAS COUNTY HISTORY CENTER - Corner of Cedar and N. Church Streets in Rockport. Exhibitions and special presentations. www.Aransashistorycenter.org
  17. BIG TREE - Visit a 1,000+-year old tree measuring over 35 feet in circumference. Take Park Road 13 in Lamar and follow the signs.
  18. COPANO CAUSEWAY PIER - Have you driven by or fished on what is believed to be one of the longest pier in the world? Take SH 35 north and travel approximately eight miles.
  19. ZACHARY TAYLOR TREE - This historic landmark is the site where Gen. Zachary Taylor and his troops camped during1845. Located at South Pearl Street and Bay Street.
  20. ARANSAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Take Highway 35 North to FM 774 turn right and follow signs. (35 to 40 miles) Interpretive Center. 361-286-3559.
  21. SCHOENSTATT SHRINE - (Lamar) off Park Road 13 is a beautiful, authentic shrine of Sisters of the Schoenstatt. Sunday service in facility area. Chapel open for daily prayer.
  22. STELLA MARIS CHAPEL - (Lamar) The first church built in Aransas County still stands. Over 150 years old. Original altar in place.
  23. LAMAR CEMETERY - (Lamar) for history lovers; see burials from Confederate Army and some from 1700's.
  24. WINDSWEPT OAK TREES - See these live oak trees permanently leaning due to the prevailing winds of the southeast.
  25. SEAFOOD - Have you treated yourself to a delicious seafood dish at one of over 30 restaurants? Try the stuffed shrimp ... Yum!
  26. WHOOPING CRANE BOAT CRUISE - From November through March take a sightseeing boat to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and see the whooping cranes and other species of birds and wildlife.
  27. ROCKPORT CEMETERY - Visit the graves of most of the family of George Ware Fulton, as well as self-taught ornithologist Connie Hagar. In the spring, the wildflowers are beautiful.
  28. COMMUNITY POOL & SKATE PARK - The park houses an 8 Lane, 25 yard pool and diving area, a whale-shaped zero-depth entry children's pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse and a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park. It also has a playground, picnic area and a 1/4 mile nature trail. 361-727-9989. FMI www.cityofrockport.com. 
  29. VISIT THE BIG BLUE CRAB - Rockport’s famous landmark from the 60’s & 70’s has been re-created & has a new home by Little Bay, close to the entrance to the Rockport Beach. Be sure to stand under it and get your picture taken.
  30. MEETING FACILITIES - On Fulton Harbor see where square dancing began in Aransas County at the Paws & Taws the Fulton Convention Center. Find out about many Winter Texan events held here December through March. On Rockport Beach discover the Saltwater Pavilion which is a great meeting place with ample amenities and a great view of the beach. We have many more meeting facilities; call the Visitors Center for more details.
  31. CANAL SUBDIVISIONS - Drive to see areas such as Key Allegro, Harbor Oaks, City by the Sea, Palm Harbor, Holiday Beach, Bahia Bay, Copano Ridge and others.
  32. GOLF - Pick up a listing of area golf courses at the Visitor Center.
  33. FISHING GUIDE TO ROCKPORT-FULTON - Stop by the Visitor Center for a list of local fishing guides.
  34. COMPASS ROSE LABYRINTH - Visit the labyrinth in Triangle Park. Spring brings wildflowers. Located on Hwy 35 across from Little Bay.
  35. SALTWATER POOL - At the north end of Rockport Beach Park take a dip in a natural Saltwater Pool! Cabanas located nearby.
  36. PAINT-A-LONGS - Visit some of the art galleries in the downtown area and witness "paint-a-longs" as artists get together and paint.
  37. WATCH THE SUNRISE - The sun rising over the bay is truly remarkable to see and photograph. (Oh, the sunset is great, too!)
  38. AQUARIUM AT ROCKPORT HARBOR AND EDUCATION CENTER - See and Learn ... Thurs - Mon Free admission Open 1-4pm 361-727-0016.
  39. TULE CREEK EAST NATURE TRAIL - Demonstration Garden & Wetlands Pond  Experience the sights and sounds of nature in a wetland environment in the midst of our town. 19 interpretive stops lead .8 of a mile (one way).
  40. KITE FLYING - Winds over Aransas Bay are great not only good for windsurfing and sailing but kite flying, too! Great kite flying area at Rockport Park.
  41. KAYAK LAUNCH SITES - Kayak in Little Bay and see nature up close and personal with more than 15 launch sites. For a list of launch sites, go to www.aransaspathways.com.
  42. GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK - Great for fishing, touring, camping and sightseeing. Huge lighted fishing pier. Seasonal birding Tours. 361-729-2858.
  43. FAMILY PICNIC ON THE BEACH - More than 50 cabanas are available for picnics.
  44. BINGO - During the winter months, the game of Bingo can be played at different places almost every night of the week and some year-round! Call the Visitor Center for locations.
  45. BOAT RENTALS - From small to large, barge style to flat fishing, there is a rental for you. Contact the Visitor Center for details.
  46. ROCKPORT HARBOR LIGHTED N & S JETTY PIER - Travel to the end of Rockport Harbor & walk or fish along the jetties late in the evening or early in the morning; the S Jetty Pier is at end of Market St.
  47. FULTON HARBOR - Walk along the harbor and maybe get a glimpse of shrimp or oyster boats arriving and unloading. 
  48. FULTON SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM - Free tours.  Open Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00p, (or by appoinment). Original one room schoolhouse set up with original artifacts. Located at 205 N. 7th Street in Fulton. For group tours call 361-729-5533. FMI www.fultontexas.org.
  49. FULTON TROLLEY - Come on and take a Free Ride! Air-conditioned and fun for sightseeing or visiting the local businesses in the Town of Fulton. FMI on routes call 361-729-5533 or stop by the Visitors Center for Brochure. There is a Track the Trolley App. 
  50. ROCKPORT-FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS CENTER - Stop by our Visitors Center and view the Aransas County Timeline, shop in our gift shop, pick up brochures about our area and talk with our "Charming" volunteers that will be here to help you!
  51. ...OR JUST RELAX AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!