A Fun Way to Spend “Black Friday”… In Fulton, Texas with the Family

While mobs of people were fighting the crowds pushing and shoving to bag the bargain of a lifetime, I choose to spend my day cruising  to Fulton with the family. I have much to be thankful for being blessed with a wonderful family, and I’d rather spend my time making happy memories than finding the greatest bargain. To me spending a great day with my family is my “deal of a lifetime.”

We drove from North Padre Island to the Port Aransas ferry heading toward Aransas Pass. Kids and adults love the short ride on the ferry because you can watch the huge tankers passing through from the Port of Corpus Christi to the Gulf or you can watch the pelicans  scooping up fish and the dolphins playing in the wake created by the boats and barges.

Taking the ferry from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass, we watched the pelicans fishing and dolphins frolicking in the water.

Soon we were in Aransas Pass heading toward Rockport-Fulton. Rockport has always been the jewel while Fulton had always been a barnacle-covered pearl in the rough.

Not too long ago Fulton used to be a grubby little fishing village complete with oyster-shelled dirt roads, salty fishermen in waders, and a handful of crusty seafood shacks (with great food). Now, it is cleaned up with seaside eateries and artsy little shops. The town has a beachside park that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

The little gazebo in Fulton.
The little gazebo at the Fulton Beach Park.
Enjoying the day with the kids at Fulton Beach Park.
Enjoying the day with the kids at Fulton Beach Park.

After playing outside in the cool, salty air, we warmed up at “The Boiling Pot” in Fulton and enjoyed a Cajun seafood “table dump”.  (This was a nice reprieve from turkey and trimmings of yesterday.) If you enjoy seafood and spicy stuff, this is the place for you. This is one of the original seafood shacks of Fulton.

"Cajun style "table dump" at the Boiling Pot in Fulton includes shrimp, sausage, blue crab, crawfish (when in season), red potatoes , and corn.  Included are bread and mustard, horseradish mayo, and cocktail sauce.
“Cajun style “table dump” at the Boiling Pot in Fulton includes shrimp, sausage, blue crab, crawfish (when in season), red potatoes , and corn. Included are bread and mustard, horseradish mayo, and cocktail sauce.

Downtown Fulton has a good selection of seaside eateries since the fishermen and shrimpers dock right there. If you like oysters, you can take home a bag.

Bushels of oysters stacked up at the boat docks in downtown Fulton.
Bushels of oysters stacked up at the boat docks in downtown Fulton.

Finally, it was time to head back home. I snapped this picture with my I-phone because I liked how the sky and water blended into each other. (Unfortunately, it was getting dark, and the picture turned grainy.)

On the way back home, I snapped a picture of the water. I liked how the sky and water blended together.
On the way back home, I snapped a picture of the water. I liked how the sky and water blended together.

We enjoyed our blessings of spending a day together in a great place. No pushing and shoving necessary! 🙂

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