15 Best Things to Do in Rockport, TX

15 Best Things to Do in Rockport, TX

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Rockport, a lovely city in Texas homes a wide variety of birds and animals, flora and fauna. It has beautiful beaches, purple sunsets, rich culture and history and a great deal of adventure for you and your family.

It is a perfect travel destination with loads of tourist spots and is a great place to visit. This article will brief you on the top 15 things to do while you are in Rockport, Texas.

Go for a Swim at Rockport Beach

Rockport Beach
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The Rockport beach is not just a traditional beach with water sand and beds, but along with all that, it comes with an additional park and garden!

This beach is the most famous tourist spot in Rockport and has a great deal of visitors all around the year. The beach has a lot of beds for you to relax on, and a load of shacks for your food and booze needs. This is the perfect place to get tanned, play around or take a dip in the sea, make sand castles, play beach games like Frisbee or volleyball.

The beach is nice, safe, clean and well-maintained for you to pay a visit. The water is warm and shallow making it a very family oriented place! The beach also has a lot of amenities for you and your family. You can find hermit crabs all around the beach, and it also has a barbeque area for you to have a roasted picnic while you’re in this beautiful and peaceful beach.

The beach is perfect for visiting with family when you need to have fun and attain some peace at the same time. The park right next to the beach has a lot of kid-friendly slides and rides, and also a lot of picnic tables.

The beach comes with a great deal of beach blankets making it the perfect spot for a romantic getaway! This place is truly unmissable if you are in Rockport!

Visit the Fulton Mansion

Fulton Mansion
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This famous mansion was built in 1877 and stands firm still; it is now open for tours. One of the interesting facts about this building that makes it such a big tourist spot is the architecture; it is a second empire style building that was constructed almost two centuries ago.

It is a beautiful historical house and people who love art and history, as well as old architectural styles are going to love this place! You get a beautiful view of the ocean from this home, and the scenery is really mesmerizing. It is also a great place to take pictures.

The furniture and fixtures are also worth gazing at. You can give yourself a self-guide tour using a phone app! It is a great place to educate yourself or your kids about the history of Rockport.

Experience creativity like never before

The Rockport centre of arts is a beautiful art museum with a great display or works from artists and artwork from high-school students of the town!

The gallery is very interesting with a very cool display of all the beautiful art pieces, and handmade objects made by the local artists. The art centre also has a gift shop that sells the cutest jewellery and other kinds of amazing stuff made by local businesses.

The gallery also holds an art festival which is the most beautiful event in town and is a great place to spend your weekends. You can go here, watch the beautiful art work, click aesthetic pictures to flaunt on your gram and have quality time with yourself.  Do check this amazing art gallery out if you are a fan of arts and aesthetics.

Go back in time at the Texas Maritime Museum

This place is a heaven for those who are into history of different regions or towns! The Texas Maritime museum in Rockport is home to a great deal of exhibits and is a great place to learn about the Navy history of Texas.

From shipbuilding to oil drilling to pirate history and equipments, this museum has got it all. The museum also has a small outdoor display, making it unique and cute.

There is also an observational desk to watch all the models and displays from a good distance. We definitely recommend you guys to explore around the light house, taxonomy fish, gift shop, mini theatre, and outdoor exhibits. Overall, the museum is very cool and you got to check it out!

Watch the sea world at Texas Aquarium

This aquarium in Texas is a really big aquarium that is home to a lot of marine life. You can visit this aquarium and see all kinds of fishes, from goldfishes to sharks, from catfish to Starfish; the aquarium has over 100 local species of fish native to the Gulf of Mexico!

This aquarium pretty much got it all. The aquarium provides a lot of information about local wildlife and on how to preserve them. It is a perfect spot to visit with your family, as the place has a lot of activities for kids. The tour is free of cost, and is very educational making it a must visit place.

Wine tasting at Winery on the bay

This winery on the North St Rockport is not your average winery, for this one has something extra interesting about itself. This is a dog friendly brewery and people can bring their pets along on a date, they have super reasonable wine tastings and also a small selection of craft beers so there is something for everyone.

Both wine and beer tasting at the same place, yes you heard that right! They are heavy on the sweeter wines and ports which are super tasty and are highly recommended. They also have a great food truck, named, Mammy Jo's and their food is knows to be very delicious.

They are super dog friendly so if your pup enjoys coming with you it is absolutely fun for the entire family. Remember that only adults are allowed in this winery so do visit the winery if you are an adult who loves tasting wine and beer.

Plan the most beautiful wedding/proposal at the Pavilion

The Rockport Beach Park Pavilion is the most romantic and beautiful place to have the most perfect wedding. The beach is sandy and the waters are calm.

The sun fills the sky with hues of pink and purple and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous! You can have the perfect wedding of your dreams at this serene and calm pavilion! Not only weddings, but it is a great place for a romantic proposal or just a romantic getaway!

Do not worry if you are single because what’s better than a glass of wine and good company and long conversations. This place is definitely a must visit if you love calm places!

Fishing at the Fulton Pier

Here’s a fun activity for you to do in Rockport. The Fulton Pier is home to a great variety of fishes, and is great spot for you to go fishing! The river is calm and extremely beautiful, with lights that are lit up in the evening making the place look magical.

You can go boating in this pier and catch some fishes all day long. You can also go there for a simple evening walk around the pier. The food and drinks here are great, so you can have a yummy meal and watch beautiful views sitting along the river.

Visit the Copano Bay

Sunset in Copano bay
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The Copano Bay is a beautiful bay with calm and perfect water to dock your boats. The place is most famous for its yummy food and garlic breads. There’s plenty of big fish in the beach making this bay a great place for fishing. The bay has the most beautiful of sunsets and great scenery. It is an overall great place to visit with your kids and your family.

Biking at the Tule Creek

The Tule Creek Hike and Bike Trail is great for bike riding as the main trail is paved. Lots of wildlife can be seen if you are actually looking. It is a nice little place to sit and have lunch or a cute little picnic.

The scenery here is amazing and the park is suitable for all age groups. You can come here just to walk around, ride your bike, for walking your pet, or even for a simple meditation to soothe your soul

Picnic in the Rose park

The compass rose park is beautiful pocket park with fantastic Little Bay view. The lighting here is amazing and exotic making it a great place for clicking aesthetic pictures. You can watch beautiful scenery, beautiful colourful flowers, and amazing tall green trees in this park. It is suitable for going on picnics and on lunch dates. Do pay a visit if you like exploring parks and gardens.

Water sports at Little Bay

Little Bay
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The bay called the little bay in Rockport is an urban cove with beach and a great deal of water sports for all your adventure needs! It is a beach park where you can indulge in different water sports like boating, scooter, banana etc, depending upon the availability.

You can go swimming in the water, look out for crabs, and search for some sea-shells. It is beautiful cove with beautiful scenery and a perfect environment for family. It is definitely a must visit if you are in Rockport.

Visit the Connie Hagar cottage sanctuary

This beautiful nature preserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is a beautiful garden with walk paths for you to walk around and explore the garden.

The plant and flower species are named so you can learn about all of them. It is a very small garden where you can catch birds and butterflies roaming about the whole park. Overall, the vibe and scenery of this place is awesome and extremely beautiful. A visit here is like a dose of happiness to the soul.

Visit the Islands

There are a great variety of beautiful islands to visit in the Rockport city, the city is full of water bodies and thus you must visit as many as you can. The Traylor Island, Mud Island, California hole, Port Bay, Redfish point and so any more for you to explore.

These places are really exotic and magical. The views are extraordinary; the waters are calm and crystal blue. The depths are great. You can go fishing in these spots, or go for a simple sunset watching or a picnic by the bay, whatever you like.

Key Allegro

Key Allegro
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This was a very beautiful and scenic place back in the day. With a lot of beautiful houses and a small crystal clear lake in the middle, this place was surely the most beautiful places in town, but the storm that hit Texas, took away almost all of it and the town that is left is still being reconstructed, you can visit this place to have a look at the left over buildings and reminisce about the beauty of old days.

By now you already have an idea about what places to go to, and what activities to indulge in while you are in Rockport, but do not forget to wander and explore the unexplored spots of the town, as the most beautiful of places are often hidden in the nooks and corners and are waiting to be explored!  

So what are you waiting for, plan a vacation to Texas and explore the magical city of Rockport today!