Seek tranquility across the bay in the charming coastal enclave of Rockport. Surrounded by the waters of Copano Bay and Aransas Bay, Rockport is not only a thriving art colony, it is a major sport fishing destination and one of the best birding areas in North America. Windswept oaks dot the landscape, street artists add color to their easels and small town hospitality ensures you will feel right at home among the friendly locals.
“The Charm of the Texas Coast”Known as “The Charm of the Texas Coast” Rockport offers its visitors a true escape from sunrise over Aransas Bay to sunset over Copano Bay. A haven for the creative mind - streets lined with quaint galleries, eclectic boutiques in beautifully restored buildings, generations-old restaurants and the Rockport Center for the Arts and Sculpture Garden, the heartbeat of our community. Stroll the streets on a gallery walk where friendly local artists capture the true essence of Rockport on “Paint-alongs”, view artist Jesus Morales' 'Spirit Columns' sculpture at Little Bay or discover the artist in you at an art class.
Bays, Beaches & WetlandsHere in Rockport you are surrounded by blue bays, beautiful beaches and thriving wetlands. The kitschy Big Blue Crab welcomes you to Rockport Beach, the only Blue Wave Beach in Texas, right in the middle of town. Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Aransas Bay from the shores, take a dip in the saltwater pool, picnic under the shade of the cabanas or fly a kite in the breezy bay winds. Wander across to the Rockport Harbor to fish off the jetties then meet the marine life at the pet-friendly Aquarium. Cruise the canals along Little Bay by kayak for a personal encounter with nature or birdwatch along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The Aransas Pathways are the key to adventure in Rockport, taking you across the bay to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, home to the only natural colony of whooping cranes in the world. Here too is Goose Island, home to the Big Tree”, a live oak tree over 1000 years old and a lighted fishing pier. Rockport is one of the best bay fishing areas on the Texas Coast and your quick trip across the bay takes you to the Copano Causeway Pier, believed to be one of the longest piers in the world. If golfing is your game, the Rockport Country Club offers an escape of a different kind, with wildlife roaming the greens dotted with ponds and lakes. Rockport truly is a nature lover’s paradise.
Once a fishing village inhabited only by the Karankawa Indians, Rockport has a rich history with 40 historical markers set around town beckoning history buffs to explore the many sites. Blend adventure with a little history as you experience the rich maritime heritage at the Texas Maritime Museum, tour the stately 19th century Fulton Mansion set amidst the swaying palms, browse the original artifacts at the Fulton Schoolhouse Museum or head across the bay to the historic town of Lamar.