Local Area Attractions Near Rockport / Corpus Christi KOA Holiday

Rockport, Texas is a scenic coastal town that sits on the Gulf of Mexico, known for its vibrant fishing and boating culture. The small community boasts plenty of unique local businesses, restaurants, attractions, and a wide variety of activities like fishing, kayaking, birding, hiking, and rock climbing. Popular summertime destinations include Rockport Beach and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, while winter brings many visitors to Mustang Island State Park.  Make Rockport/Corpus Christi KOA Holiday your Basecamp for all of your local fun.

Rockport Beach

Rockport Beach

Visit Rockport's one-mile-long beach, the longest stretch of natural beach on the Texas Gulf Coast. Full service of pavilions, picnic cabanas, restrooms, and swimming areas make it easy for you to have fun on the beach. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach or rent a playground for the kids. There's plenty to do with swimming, volleyball, fishing piers, and boat ramps. Rockport Beach is less than 5 miles from Rockport KOA Holiday, making it the perfect location for a fun day trip during your stay at the campground. What makes Rockport Beach unique is its shallow waters. If you have young swimmers or want to experience the ocean without getting too deep, this shallow beach is the perfect choice.Learn more about beaches in Rockport

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a quaint city on the Gulf of Mexico. It's tucked into a bay, with beaches sheltered by Padre Island and Mustang Island. The harborfront houses the Texas State Aquarium which has touch pools, an aquatic nursery and a shark exhibit. Nearby, you can explore a WWII aircraft carrier that now houses a naval aviation museum. The city is a 36-minute drive from Rockport and features plenty of shopping and dining options, making it a go-to spot for a day trip. Much like Rockport, Corpus Christi offers plenty of chances to get outside with multiple parks, beaches and activity options like kayaking, swimming or fishing. If you time your visit right, you can attend one of Corpus Christi's many festivals. Some of the more popular festivals include the Butterfly Festival and the Lobster Fest.See annual events in Corpus Christi

Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures

Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures

Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures specializes in whooping crane and coastal birding tours aboard their flagship Skimmer. Since 2003, Capt. Tommy Moore has been providing a truly unique nature tourism experience in the Rockport-Fulton area. His knowledge of the area, the incredibly abundant wildlife, and the rich history of Aransas Bay give guests a perspective of the area they cannot get anywhere else. The company also offers private tours, dolphin watching tours and sunset cruises in the summer months. There is also a history tour by golf cart to see the area and take in it's abundant heritage. Head on over to their website to see how to truely experience the Texas gulf coast.

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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see if you are looking for a way to unplug from your surroundings. It is a 115,324-acre protected area situated on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Texas. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the refuge on December 12, 1936, as a refuge and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife. 

In addition to taking in the hundreds of birds that call Aransas National Wildlife Refuge home, guests can enjoy activities like fishing, biking and hiking. The refuge also hosts events throughout the year, such as birding excursions and free admission days, so you and your family will have fun regardless of when you plan your trip.

1 Wildlife Circle

Austwell, TX 77950

361-349-1181

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Fulton Fishing Pier

Fulton Fishing Pier

The New Fulton Fishing Pier is the perfect place to go fishing. With its new state-of-the-art LED fishing lights, you will have a better chance of catching a few beautiful fish! If you do not have enough room in your suitcase for a rod, Fulton Fishing Pier offers rentals. For just $5, you can rent a rod and all the equipment you need to reel in the big one.If fishing isn't your speed or you want to take a relaxing walk with your family or loved one, the Fulton Fishing Pier is open 24 hours, and you can walk along it for free. The pier is also a great destination at dusk, as you can watch brilliant sunsets over Aransas Bay.Whether you are walking or fishing, you may get a little hungry. Luckily, the entrance shack offers snacks and drinks to fuel up before a busy day of fishing or enjoying some of the many Rockport, Texas, events.

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Rockport Tiki Boats

Rockport Tiki Boats

It's tiki time! Take the guesswork out of your next gathering and book a cruise on Rockport Tiki Boats. It's time to kick back and enjoy the island life. Cruise on over to find out more on their website.

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Winery on the Bay / Dog'Gone Brewery

Winery on the Bay / Dog'Gone Brewery

At Winery on the Bay, they produce over 30 different varieties of wine that include traditional red and white wines, fruit-infused and dessert wines. They also make their own beer in Downtown Rockport Texas at the Doggone Brewery located at the harbor. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the handcrafted brews and wines on the deck or inside where they can enjoy live music or watch the boats go by.

1007 E North St

Rockport, TX 78382

361-727-9888

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Texas Maritime Museum

Texas Maritime Museum

The Texas Maritime Museum was established in 1980. It was first established by a group of Rockport residents who started bringing out their personal collections of motors and fishing equipment on the beach during Seafair Festival. A committee was formed, headed by Arnold Grove and Warren Fry, to establish a museum in order to preserve the local history for future generations.

1202 Navigation Circle

Rockport, TX 78382

361-729-1289

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Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park

Enjoy a true taste of the Texas coast at Goose Island State Park, where salty air and wild surf mingle with colorful sea shells, sand and sun. With miles of white sandy beaches and an abundance of fish, waterfowl, and other wildlife, this park is a favorite for beachcombers and photographers alike. Dunes covered in sea oats separate Goose Island from neighboring St. Charles and Aransas bays, making it an ideal spot for birding. The park offers several hiking trails that wind through salt marsh grasses leading to sandy coves. Fishing is another popular activity: from the small pier, there is fishing access to two bays teeming with game fish including redfish, snook, trout, and more than 20 species of sharks (including bull sharks).

202 S Palmetto Street

Rockport, TX 78382

361-729-2858

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Fly Fish Rockport

Fly Fish Rockport

The Texas Coastal Bend has some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the country, and Fly Fish Rockport is the area's #1 guide service. With world class fishing in every direction, Rockport is poised perfectly to offer any variety of angling experiences. They specialize in fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing for numerous species of fish, including trophy Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and more. Book a guided fishing trip to enjoy a top-notch angling experience!

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Glow Row Kayak Tour

Glow Row Kayak Tour

The GlowRowTM tour will show you the unique Texas coast at night from a transparent kayak equipped with underwater LED lights, giving you a view like no other! There's nothing quite like exploring the inlets and bays of the Gulf in clear kayaks with the water and seafloor below you illuminated clear as day. You will see numerous types of fish, crustaceans, birds, and, in some locations, curious submerged man-made objects.

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Rockport Beach Park

Rockport Beach Park

Rockport Beach Park is one of Rockport's most popular attractions. Its calm waters, playground, pavilion and picnic tables make it a family-friendly spot for all ages.

319 Broadway St

Rockport, TX 78382

The Big Tree

The Big Tree

Standing at a height of 109 feet and having a girth of over 35 feet, the “Big Tree” is not only one of the largest live oaks in existence in Texas but also one of the most famous trees in the world after being named “Texas State Champion Virginia Live Oak” in 1969. It has a 14' diameter crown spread and is over 350 years old!

1622 12th St

Rockport, TX 78382

361-729-2858

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Vintage Air Tours

Vintage Air Tours

Strap in and take the controls of an authentic WWII airplane! Allow the sightseeing tour guide to show you around the skies of South Texas in a piece of vintage aviation. Don a helmet and goggles and experience the feel of the wind in your face as you fly over the beautiful Texas skies in a 1943 PT-17 open-cockpit Stearman biplane.

Arrowhead Airport (79TE)

600 Ranger Road

Sandia, TX 78383

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Rockport Fulton Market Days

Rockport Fulton Market Days

Come join the fun at the best arts & crafts market in Texas! Rockport Fulton Market Days is a 3-day festival with free admission, that happens all year long on the 3rd weekend of the month, from 9AM-4PM. They have thousands of handmade arts and crafts offered by over 160 unique vendors.

Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor

1500 E Laurel St

Rockport, TX 78382

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Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

The Fulton Mansion's historic home and grounds have been restored to their grandeur during the late 1800s, when former Texas Governor, George T. B. Fulton, and his wife Harriet lived there with their six children. The mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Visitors can tour an elegant mansion, wander through a garden inspired by Harriet's love of flowers, see what life was like for an affluent family in the late 1800s, and learn about engineering and architecture through interactive exhibits at the Education and History Center located behind the mansion.

317 S. Fulton Beach Rd.

Rockport, TX 78382

361-729-0386

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Rockport Center for the Arts

Rockport Center for the Arts

Do you love art and music? Rockport Center for the Arts is a hub of arts and cultural events, offering studio space to arts organizations and artists and presenting world-class performances in theater, music, dance, and film. We're also responsible for maintaining most of the public artwork throughout the city.

401 South Austin Street, Suite B

Rockport, TX 78382

361-729-5519

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Aransas Pass Lydia Ann Lighthouse

Aransas Pass Lydia Ann Lighthouse

Aransas Pass Light Station also called Lydia Ann Lighthouse is an historic light station in Aransas County, Harbor Island, within the city limits of Port Aransas, Texas, behind San Jose and Mustang Islands, that protects a natural Gulf pass to Aransas and Corpus Christi Bays. The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Harbor Island Road

Port Aransas, TX 78373

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Copano Bay

Copano Bay

Copano Bay is a bay located in the northwest corner of Aransas County, Texas. It is fed with seawater from Aransas Bay and freshwater from Copano Creek, Mission River and an unnamed tributary. It flows into Corpus Christi Bay.

Little Bay

Little Bay

Little Bay is a body of water located in Rockport Texas. It's known for its great fishing, beautiful views, wildlife habitats, and boating opportunities. People visit this place to take in its scenery and relax by its shorelines. The small bay is surrounded by the Rockport Texas waterfront on one side and Key Allegro Island on another.

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St. Charles Bay

St. Charles Bay

St. Charles Bay is an inlet of Aransas Bay in Aransas County, Texas. It is flanked by Lamar peninsula on the west and Blackjack peninsula on the east and is the closest inlet to Corpus Christi. The bay hosts a valued ecosystem for the endangered whooping crane and is a prime location for birding and fishing.

Bay Education Center

Bay Education Center

Our Fulton Bay Education Center Texas features interactive displays exploring the ecological role of the area's estuaries. Bring your family to learn about the types of wildlife found in these habitats, why they are important, and how people use them.

121 Seabreeze Dr

Rockport, TX 78382

361-774-1785

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Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary

Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary

Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, located along the Gulf Coast near Port Lavaca, was designated as a sanctuary by the Texas legislature in December, 1943. It is managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

1401-1499 S Church Street

Rockport, TX 78382

Stella Maris Chapel

Stella Maris Chapel

Irish immigrant James W Byrne (1787- 1865), a veteran of the Texan revolution, was an early settler of this area. He set up the town of Lamar and with his wife Harriet, he sold land on Aransas bay to the catholic church for a chapel site. The Stella Maris Chapel was built by the church.

222 Hagy Drive

Rockport, TX 78382

320-363-2011

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