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Historic Building in Rockport & Fulton

Fulton Mansion State Historical Park

This imposing 1870s mansion comes as a surprise amid other more modern – and modest – shorefront buildings. It was built by George Fulton, who was clever with the design. On the outside, it looks like an imposing Fr…
Seafood in Rockport & Fulton

Boiling Pot

This is a rustic classic, and a lot of fun. Mountains of shellfish plus potatoes, sausage and corn are dumped in a pot full of boiling water, then they're dumped on your paper-covered table and you dive in (no cutle…
American in Rockport & Fulton

Moondog Seaside Eatery

Ask for a table out on the back deck to watch the shrimp boats coming and going as you wait for one of Moondog's huge burgers or Tex-Mex plates, or come back on weekend evenings as locals and vacationers gather here…
Seafood in Rockport & Fulton

Latitude 28º02´

The finest dining locally. Look for creative takes on seafood at this stylish little place that doubles as an art gallery. The local special, grouper, is prepared several ways; sides vary seasonally. Shrimp and oyst…
Arts Center in Rockport & Fulton

Rockport Center for the Arts

It's worth popping into this cheery center, housed partly in a charming 1890s building, to see what's going on with the lively local arts scene. It offers painting classes, is right on the water and largely features…
Deli in Rockport & Fulton

Apple Dumpling Deli

Don't let the rec-hall exterior deter you from this locally loved deli and cafe in downtown Rockport. The homemade ice cream is creamy and dreamy and the sandwiches on homemade bread are just the thing for picnics a…
Cafe in Rockport & Fulton

Daily Grind

Fresh ground coffee from a wide menu of styles, hot-from-the-oven bakery treats ($2-$9), and the attached fine-art photography gallery with nice prints of Texas themes. It's just a shame it closes too early for our …
Harbor in Rockport & Fulton

Rockport Harbor

Crescent-shaped Rockport Harbor is one of the prettiest on the Gulf Coast. It's lined with all manner of boats (shrimp, fishing charter, tour and pleasure craft) and a series of rustic peel-and-eat shrimp joints and…
State Park in Rockport & Fulton

Goose Island State Park

The main part of Goose Island State Park, where admission is charged, is right on Aransas Bay (there's no swimming, but it's popular for fishing). The namesake marshy island is a mere 140 acres, linked to another 17…
Museum in Rockport & Fulton

Texas Maritime Museum

Everything from fishing boats to offshore oil rigs, to the story of the short-lived Texas Navy is covered at this large museum on the harbor. Displays emphasize the human aspects of the Texas seacoast. Several old b…