In need of a little getaway? Pack your bags or take a day trip for a little fun in the sun, a little art, a bit of culture, or nothing at all.
Weekend in Rockport-Fulton, Texas
Snowbirds from everywhere, locally known as “Winter Texans”, flock to the Coastal Bend annually. One favorite roosting spot for both snow birds and locals the Rockport-Fulton area, located about 45 minutes north of Corpus Christi. Rockport, bordered by bays and barrier islands, the waterfront at Rockport-Fulton is serene, with its famous windswept oaks providing a sylvan backdrop. Nearby, downtown is beaming with brightly colored shops, galleries, and cafes full of friendly conversation over a cup of coffee or iced mocha.
Rockport has a full palette of independent art galleries and the main hub is the Rockport Center for the Arts, a community offering classes and exhibitions. In July, the popular Rockport Art Festival is held at Rockport Beach.
Bird watching and wildlife photography is a big pastime with whooping crane tours and the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, which is a semi-annual home to the endangered whooping cranes. The largest flock of cranes North American make the trip south from Canada to the Coastal Bend every year. Not only snow birds flock here, but cranes and other migratory birds.
If you want a more active time while in the area, there are numerous kayak rentals offering tours through the estuaries including the lighthouse tour off Harbor Island which is not far from the area. Other activities include fishing, boating, biking, hiking, jet skiing, kite boarding, dolphin tours, sunset cruises, and whatever else I forgot to mention here.
You don’t have to worry much about cars driving on the beach. Plus, the water is calm and is shallow for a great distance. Last, it is clean!
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For me, the Rockport-Fulton area is only an hour away, but for day trip or longer, it is a great place to play.