The Rockport-Fulton area is loaded with outdoor opportunities and visitors frequent this area for the amazing beaches, waterfront and opportunities to paddle, fish and hunt. The outdoors offers miles of beautiful places to stretch out and explore. Go ahead and get ready for some serious fun in the sun and water in close proximity to town.
Anglers from all over Texas and the country in general flock to Rockport for the great fishing. Aransas Bay and the surrounding waters are well known as productive redfish grounds with miles of salt flats and marsh channels to explore. Conventional tackle and fly fishing techniques are productive for these weary, hard fighting fish. Many anglers use boats to access remote areas that are inaccessible by foot. A kayak offers a major advantage or go with a local guide on a shallow drafting skiff that offers an elevated platform for anglers,
While redfish are the big attraction, sea trout and black drum are also available in good numbers. Occasionally, tarpon and jack crevalle migrate through the open water region here, making it possible to catch some seriously big fish if the timing is right. The fish are biting year-round, making it possible to hit the water anytime you are feeling lucky.
Try Your Golf Game
Bring your best golf game and hit one of the three primary courses here. The Rockport Country Club offers a great 18 hole course with a driving range and practice green. Throw in the club add-ons like the fitness center, tennis courts and pool and you have a winning combination. The scenery is spectacular with water features and many of the rare birds that visit the area. The Live Oak Country Club is another favorite and the 9-hole course is perfect for shorter outings. It’s loved by the locals and the course hosts real live oak habitat that is often filled with song birds. The Palmilla Beach Course is part of the larger Palmilla Beach resort in Port Aransas. It’s a true Links style course with beautiful ocean frontage on a 9 hole course. They also offer a 3 hole short course for quick outings.
If you love the water, grab a kayak and go paddle in the Aransas Bay. The bay is beloved by bird watchers and fisherman and paddlers can enjoy cruising through scenic backwaters that are filled with marine life. You might see fish, turtles, dolphins and even the rare whooping cranes. Kayak rentals are available from multiple local businesses or you can bring along your own.
Hike and Bike
The Aransas Pathway is the highlight for many visitors with 40-miles of biking and walking paths. The trail begins at the Cove Harbor Marina and a large portion follows along the bay so you get the great waterfront views while cycling or walking. Experienced cyclists can do the entire route in a single day but most folks break it down into digestible chunks.
Although the Aransas Pathway is the local gem, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of available trails. The Live Oak Peninsula Route is a nice 25-mile journey through some incredible natural habitats and through populated areas. Tule Creek is another popular spot for both bikers and hikers as well. For more waterfront style treks, hit the Rockport Beach Route or the Fulton Harbor route. You can spend a great deal of time getting to know the local trails, pathways and routes made specifically for hiking and cycling.
Want to have a nice relaxing day in the sun? Hit the pristine Rockport Beach and lounge while listening to the crashing waves. The public beach is the perfect place for solo days and group gatherings. Public restrooms and barbecue areas make it ideal for picnics with the whole family as well. Bring a towel, go for a swim and play in the sand. The beach is well known for cleanliness and accessibility on the Texas Coast. Other great options are the Fulton Beach Park and Port Aransas Beach. Both are family friendly with plenty of waterfront sand to enjoy. Do some beachcombing, swim and spend the day playing at any of these locations for the perfect Rockport outing. It’s really a local tradition to spend some time enjoying the public beaches and waterfront in this area.