PLACES TO STAY, WHERE TO EAT AND THINGS TO DO:
Other Places to Stay and Dine – Click the Chamber Logos Below:
Calendar of Area Festivals & Events – Click the Links to Learn More!
Whooping Crane Festival: Port Aransas, February (mid-month)
La Mardi Gras Festival: February (mid-month)
Fulton Oysterfest: March (1st weekend)
Port Aransas Whooping Crane Strut Walk: March (mid-month)
Great Texas Birding Classic: April (mid-April thru mid-May)
Portland Windfest: April (mid-month)
Port Aransas Sandfest: April (end of month)
Texas Maritime Museum Wine Festival: Rockport, May/Memorial Day
Aransas Pass Shrimporee Festival: June (early-in month)
Rockport Art Festival & Fireworks: Rockport, July 4th weekend
Hummer/Bird Celebration: Rockport, September (2nd weekend)
Rockport Seafair: Columbus Day/October (2nd weekend)
Lamar Annual Market Days: October (late-month)
Christmas Celebration of Lights: Rockport, December (1st weekend)
ROCKPORT HAS IT ALL! Museums, Art Galleries, Downtown Shopping, Casual or Fine Dining Experiences, Tourist Hot Spots, Historical Places & Driving Tours, Whooping Crane & Birding Tours, Kayaking, Fishing, a Bevy of Photographic Opportunities….as well as Camping, Nature and Eco-Tours, Port Aransas Lighthouse Tours, Dolphin Watches, Sunset Tours – more than you can see and do in a whole month when staying in our area of the Texas Coastal Bend! Stop by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber to pick-up brochures and info!
Fun Things To Do While You’re Here:
While in Rockport be sure to visit the Rockport Beach Park. You can take a drive around Little Bay and check-out the 2-mile “Blue Wave Beach” – 1st of its kind in Texas! View all the wading and shore birds as they forage for food in the shallow waters. Use the links below to learn more!
Experience WATERFRONT DINING along Fulton Beach Road – many fine dining and casual restaurants along that stretch of road! Watch the pelicans as they skim the tops of the waves – they make it look so fun!! Stop by the boat ramps and watch as the fisherman clean their catch or sit an relax as the shrimp boats head into harbor from a productive day! Many of these site make for excellent photography opportunities as well.
A birding trip to Rockport would not be complete without a trip to Austin Street (downtown Rockport). Here you’ll find the “For the Birds and Saltflats Gallery” with an amazing selection of bird photography prints, t-shirts, bird feeders, books, jackets, chimes, wind ornaments, kites and flags….you’ll find all sorts of items that any “bird lover” would want to own! Plenty of great gift ideas for the young and old alike – they are open year-round! There is not another store like it in the Coastal Bend – so stop by and say “Hello” to professional photography Diane Loyd and her mom, Dovie – co-owners of the store. Dovie is famous for her beautifully-detailed, “Wearable Art!” For the Birds is Rockport’s best source for all your birding information. Within walking distance you’ll also find John Martell’s Studio at 302 Austin street. John is a local, award-winning photographer and if you’re interested in honing your photography skills, John hosts workshops several time a year to help you get the most from your camera lens and gear. Visit: www.johnmartellphotography.com.
Be sure to stop by Ruben Aiken’s Sazon at 114 Austin Street. View: www.sazonandthewhoopingcranes.com. Ruben offers one of a kind jewelry he handcrafts himself. Ruben is a Whooping Crane enthusiast , or as we locals call Whooping Crane lovers, “Craniacs”!
A short drive and ferry ride will take you to Port Aransas. The Leonabelle Birding Center there will provide you with some amazing birding opportunities. Check them out at www.portaransas.org/play/birding. A birding trip to Rockport should be on every birders bucket list. Rockport has everything you need for a memorable birding journey.
Goose Island State Park offers wonderful bird walks! And a 30-minute drive further north of Rockport (still on Highway 35), you’ll arrive at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Austwell, TX. You’ll will see all kinds of wildlife on a tour of the refuge plus visit their interactive pavilion and see videos, and life-like scenes of birds and wildlife that inhabit that area – from alligators, fox, wild boars(pigs) and Whooping Cranes. When you tour with Aransas Bay Adventures, The Jack Flash or the Lady Lori touring boats will get close enough to see the Whooping Cranes gobbling up their favorite meal, the Blue Crab. From our boats there is a really good chance of witnessing some courting behavior as well – if you haven’t seen the “mating dacne” then you’re in for a real treat! The whoopers jump high into the air, trying to impress a potential mate or their lifelong soul mate. With our boat’s special “stabilizers” you are sure to get a spectacular photography too!
Please visit The Friends of Aransas web site. This non-profit organization does great work enhancing the environment for the Whooping Cranes. They are improving fresh water sources for the Cranes. They are drilling new Solar powered water wells and reworking existing wells. This will give the Whoopers a much better chance of surviving the drought.