10 Things to Do in Fulton That You Shouldn't Miss

February 9, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

Fulton is a town in Aransas County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, this South Texas coastal fishing community had a population of 1,358. The town is named for George Ware Fulton, a land developer in the area.
Restaurants in Fulton

1. Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

317 N. Fulton Beach Rd., Rockport, TX 78382 +1 361-729-0386
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

Rising above the Aransas Bay and surrounded by stately live oaks, the Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton. The house must have appeared incredible in 1877 with its mansard roof and ornate trim. Interior gas lighting, flush-toilets, and other refinements were progressive and luxurious elements for this part of Texas. Today, visitors journey through the restored home, getting a glimpse into the life of an affluent family in the late 1800s. Learn about 19th century innovations, walk through Harriet's garden, and hear stories of living in a grand Victorian villa.

Reviewed By Darlene H - Austin, Texas

We really enjoyed touring this beautifully restored mansion in Rockport. It has been furnished with many of the Fulton's belongs and other pieces that were typical of the era. The docents were very informative and knew a lot about the history of the home and the restoration of it.
The building where you buy the tickets in back of the museum is a small museum about the home and gift shop.

2. Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922 +1 361-729-2858
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4.5 based on 456 reviews

Goose Island State Park

A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.

Reviewed By Braxmar - Ft. Mohave, AZ

In Rockport during Hurricane Harvey on 8/25/17 the Big Tree, its neighbor trees and the community were hit by sustained winds at 130 mph with gusts of 150+ mph. Miraculously although there was a lot of damage to big oak trees in people's yards on the Lamar Peninsula, the Big Tree and its gigantic neighbor trees fared very well. They look pretty much the same as they always have. My grandchildren were very pleased to hear that because they enjoy climbing on one of the Big Tree's neighbors.

I did have the time to go into the main part of Goose Island Park to see how it fared in the hurricane.

3. Rockport Beach

210 Seabreeze, Rockport, TX 78382 +1 361-729-6661
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4.5 based on 621 reviews

Rockport Beach

A mile-long sandy beach that offers swimming and a variety of water sports.

Reviewed By Candy B - Dunnellon, Florida

Rockport Beach suffered a lot through the past hurricane season. I have been here both before and after the storms. It is a quaint beach town whose residents have truly rallied to bring the area back and they have done a great job.

4. The Fulton School House Museum

205 N 7TH Street, Fulton, TX +1 361-729-5533
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3 based on 1 reviews

The Fulton School House Museum

Reviewed By M J - Austin, Texas

The Fulton Schoolhouse Museum is a replica of the original one-room schoolhouse in Fulton. The original was built in 1886 and was damaged in a hurricane in the 1940s. The Museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 4 . We missed going inside but we looked in the windows and saw old desks and old photographs.

5. Aquarium at Rockport Harbor

706 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382-2779 +1 361-727-0016
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Aquarium at Rockport Harbor

Reviewed By Ashley S

This is right by rockport beach and is only open a few hours on certain days. It's free (which is awesome). They do have a little gift shop. It is stuffy in there, or at least the day we went, but it's pretty small so you aren't in there too long. Had some pretty cool creatures, we loved the giant hermit crab, and we got to see them feed the sea horses! Would go back, my 4 year old loved it.

6. Texas Maritime Museum

1202 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382-2773 +1 866-729-2469
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Texas Maritime Museum

The Mission of the Texas Maritime Museum is to excite and educate the public about Texas Maritime history and artifacts. The Museum’s purpose is to offer a variety of experiences to children and adults by collecting, preserving, and interpreting items of historical interest for educational purposes; to recount Texas maritime history through artifacts, documents, and other materials of unique or historical value; and to exhibit items to further the public interest, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of such material and related historical background. The Museum’s collections and exhibits are based on four central themes: History and Technology of offshore petroleum production and transportation History and Development of Texas seaports, maritime communities and maritime commerce along the Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Settlement history of the Texas Gulf Coast beginning with the Spanish and French The Texas seafood and fishing industry

Reviewed By familyfuntime - Beaumont Texas

Perfect location. We combined the annual art festival with a couple hours lounging on Rockport Beach followed by lunch and a tour of this very nice nautical museum. Perfect addition to a fun day.

7. Rockport Art Center

902 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382-2780 +1 361-729-5519
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Rockport Art Center

Reviewed By Rona L - Houston

As part of the Watercolor Society paint out we met on the porch of the art center and spread out in the area to paint. My husband and I later toured the center and saw two excellent exhibits. They were also having a family day activity which was fun for kids and adults alike. a good place to visit.

8. Bay Education Center

121 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, TX 78382 +1 361-749-3161
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Bay Education Center

Reviewed By Chris M - Temple, Texas

This is a FREE ADMISSION center and presentation, a great place to stop in when you need a break from the Texas heat and the sandy beach. Highly recommended!

The Center is located right outside the entrance to the Rockport Beach Park. It's a small center, but with a lot of good information. There are some interactive exhibits for kids, as well as lots of information for all ages. Info covers animal life, environmental concerns, and other topics involving Aransas Bay and beyond.

The highlight is the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Twice daily, there is a presentation using projections on a round "floating" sphere. Presentations cover many different subjects involving the world. It is highly interactive, giving you insights into how weather (among other things) works in the world. We were there for the presentation on hurricanes. The docent was well-versed on the material and willing to stay after to answer questions and show other features of the sphere. The presentation included lots of video images, photos, etc., but the most informational part was seeing how currents and hurricane paths interact--most appropriate for the use of the sphere.

If you don't make the "Science on a Sphere" presentation, you would probably spend between 20 to 30 minutes. With the presentation, you're at a little over an hour. Definitely worth it.

9. Winery on the Bay

1007 E. North Street, Rockport, TX 78382-2604 +1 361-727-9888
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Winery on the Bay

Reviewed By Jo Jody H

A comfortable place to try a new wine before dinner. You can get several reserve cheeses, Artisan salami, and crackers to nibble on while trying your new wine. Several nice soft sofas or tables and chairs help welcome a visiting environment. It gets a little noisy but doesn't seem to bother the patrons.

10. Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail

2401 Highway 35 N, 1 Block North of Wal-Mart, Rockport, TX 78382-5704
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail

Reviewed By M J - Austin, Texas

My husband and I have vacationed in Rockport a few times. We are always looking for a new place to visit there. We found the Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail on Tripadvisor. We liked the trail 2 mile round trip. We walked 1 mile in and 1 mile back. It is very wide trail and concrete with a center stripe. Midweek during the afternoon, we met 2 other hikers and 2 bikers. The trail starts in a wooded area, goes behind the swimming pool, then runs along a creek then behind some houses. There is a water fountain at the pool. There are no restrooms along the trail. We did not see many birds and no other wildlife. The trail head was not the easiest place to find. The easiest way to locate this trail is to turn off Hwy 35 next to the Walmart on the north side at the traffic light. That is a short road, only a block long. The trail starts at the end of the road. There is plenty of parking. The road also turns into the Walmart. You might need bug spray and suntan lotion.

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