Local Area Attractions Near Rockport KOA Holiday

Rockport, Texas is a scenic coastal town 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. Popular summertime destinations include Rockport Beach and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, while winter brings many visitors to Mustang Island State Park.

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 enjoy 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, Texas Maritime Museum

Rockport, 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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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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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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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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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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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge 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. It was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 12, 1936, as a refuge and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife.

1 Wildlife Circle

Austwell, TX 77950

361-349-1181

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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.

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

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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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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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.

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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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

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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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! Anyone can walk down the pier without charge, but if you're looking for an even more interactive experience, bring your fishing pole as well!

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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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