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Rockport Fulton General Press Release

Rockport-Fulton, Texas (July 13, 2010–   Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Copano and Aransas Bays, Rockport and Fulton are bathed year-round by soothing Gulf breezes, nestled among ancient, windswept oaks and steeped in a colorful community of cultures.   Rockport boasts a wide array of activities including championship golf, bird watching, waterfowl hunts, unique dining, and shopping. Rockport also is home to one of the finest collections of artists and painters in the State of Texas. Additionally, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a state treasure and is home to hundreds of migrating species of birds and wildlife. Escape the summer heat and head to paradise -- Rockport and Fulton -- experience a lifestyle that is no longer a dream away.

Shopping

Treasures are awaiting you in the Rockport and Fulton areas. There are two downtown shopping areas with a myriad of shops from antiques, collectibles, fine art galleries, jewelry, clothing, sea shells shops, and more. Our personalized service and friendly merchants will enable you to have an enjoyable and unique shopping experience.

Art

Rockport, Texas was named one of the “Top 10 Coastal Art Colonies” in the United States, according to the Coastal Living Magazine.Rockport and Fulton offer a special charm. The kind of charm that has led many prominent artists to make this area their home. As a result, the area boasts one of the best collection of art galleries you’ll find anywhere. The Rockport Center for the Arts is located on the Rockport Harbor and is a vibrant building with changing fine art exhibits and art instruction of all kinds.

Birds

The seascape that attracts artists also attracts our most famous winter visitors, the great endangered Whooping Cranes. The Whooping Cranes are not the only avian visitor to our area as on any given day of the year, over 75 different species can be spotted in the marshes, wooded inland areas and along the sandy beaches. While you are here visit the Chamber Visitor Center or online at www.rockport-fulton.org under press room for the 17 Hot Birding Spots driving tour to view the wildlife in their natural habitats.

Fishing

Remarkable describes the fishing and other water sports available in the bay itself. The area has been known for its Speckled Trout and Redfish among anglers “in the know”. Complete facilities from professional fishing guides to public piers and marinas are available. Professional fishing guides can help even the most novice of fisherman catch fish and return home with an even better fish story!

Points of Interest

Points of Interest abound with the Texas Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion Historic Home, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the Big Tree at Goose Island State Park, Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, Rockport Beach Park, Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Copano Causeway State Pier, Memorial Park Walking and Jogging Trails, the Community Aquatic and Skate Park , Rockport and Fulton Harbors, Schoenstatt Shrine, Stella Maris Chapel, Windswept Oak Trees, Whooping Crane Birding Boat Excursions, Dolphin Excursions, Saltwater Pool, Rockport Country Club and 18-hole Golf Course and so much more!

Festivals and Events

Rockport and Fulton boasts that almost every month out of the year there is an event that will fit everyone in the family. The Gospel Festival in January, the Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair and Clay Expo in February, Fulton Oysterfest in March, Rockport Festival of Wines Memorial Day Weekend, Rockport Art Festival in July, Patriotic Boat Parade and Wendell Fireworks Display on July 4th, Hummer/Bird Celebration in September, Rockport Seafair in October, the Rockport Film Festival in November and Celebration of Lights and Lighted Boat Parade in December are just to name a few.

History

If history is what you like, Aransas County has many interesting items. General Zachary Taylor landed his troops in Aransas County during the Mexican war, which marked the beginning of statehood for Texas. The oak tree under which his troops supposedly camped still stands in Rockport’s Zachary Taylor Park. With over 35 historical markers at various places throughout the county, history will come to life just by reading a few. A driving tour of the county is available at the Chamber office. More historical information will come to life at the Texas Maritime Museum and the Fulton Mansion.

Dining

You’ll fall in love with fine dining in the Rockport-Fulton area. From fresh seafood fixed fried, grilled, blackened, breaded, stuffed to Italian food, you’ll love the quaint atmosphere and dining options.

Easy Access

Rockport and Fulton are two communities in Aransas County; one of the smallest counties, in terms of land, in Texas. Aransas County is ideally located on SH 35 just 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. Larger metropolitan cities of San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley are within a three-hour drive.

About the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce constantly strives to provide the best programs and activities to improve business and build a better community, and is proud to maintain a 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information on convention and corporate meeting services, community events, sponsor opportunities and places to stay contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at (361) 729.6445 or (800) 242.0071, or via email at [email protected].

Directions from San Antonio and Houston

If you are traveling from San Antonio take IH-37 south to Corpus Christi, and then take U. S. Highway 181 to Gregory; at Gregory take State Highway 35 into Rockport. 
From Houston, take U. S. Highway 59 to Victoria, and then, take U. S. Highway south to State Highway 239, and then, south to Tivoli, and at Tivoli, take State Highway 35 into Rockport.