Head south for the winter months and go to Rockport, Texas for some of the best times you can imagine. This coastline community is perfect for a laid-back getaway in an RV. Nature lovers find this a wonderland of opportunities, with birding, hiking and many other activities. Fishermen will discover great fishing and beachcombers will find some wonderful shells to add to their collection. You can stay at Raintree RV Park for great amenities close to everything you need.
Wildlife enthusiasts will want to explore Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, only twenty miles from Rockport. It makes the perfect day trip. Visit the tidal marshes, ponds and grasslands to see the wildlife. You’ll spot deer, cranes and even alligators. You may get a glimpse of an endangered whooping crane when they come to feed in the saltwater marsh. They winter here in this refuge. Climb the forty-foot observation tower for a panoramic view.
If you are a history buff, you can visit the Fulton Mansion to get a flavor of the Texas past in Rockport. This is a historic site that takes up 2.7 acres on the coast and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Walk through the beautiful library, sitting room and parlor in this amazing mansion as well as through the gardens.
Get into the outdoors again at Goose Island State Park. This shoreline is not meant for swimming, and it is too chilly in the winter anyway. But you will have the opportunity to do a lot of bird watching and cast a line in for some great fishing. If you didn’t bring your own fishing gear you can borrow some from the “Tackle Loaner Program.” Take a guided nature hike any time of year while visiting.
Rockport Beach is for exploring, cycling and beach combing. This is the first Blue Wave Beach in Texas, which means that the beach has a focus on protecting human health and the environment and is litter-free. Be sure to walk the Bayside Walking Path. This is a great place to ride a bike as well. This takes you along the shores of the Little Bay and is a pleasant and scenic tour.
More inside fun awaits you in Rockport. The Rockport Center for the Arts has many fascinating exhibits and events to attend the year round. Also stop at the Texas Maritime Museum for a number of permanent and temporary exhibits. Permanent exhibits include one on the maritime communities, another on sports and commercial fishing and a wonderful display on boat and shipbuilding.
No visitor to Rockport can leave without first seeing the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor! The Bay Tank may be the favorite of all who come here. You will see sea life that inhabits the bays in the region. And before you go, get out on the Aransas Pathways for hiking and biking, birding and plenty of history. You have cheated the cold weather out of making you cold, and you have had the opportunity to see the Texas coast in all its glory. You’ll have to come again for there is always more to see on an RV vacation to Rockport, Texas.