Top things to do

Top Choice Nature Reserve in The Coastal Bend

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

For birdwatchers the nearly 115,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the premier site on the Texas coast – especially to spot whooping cranes, of which only 15 once remained in the wild. Bird numbers peak du…
Top Choice State Park in The Coastal Bend

Brazos Bend State Park

Alligators. Alligators everywhere. You'll surely enjoy the diversity of wetland and forest landscapes, bird-watching, maybe even get some use out of the 37 miles of looping hiking trails, but the lingering impressio…
Historic Site in West Columbia

Varner-Hogg Plantation

This 1824 plantation includes a grand mansion and several other historic outbuildings that can be explored. Amid beautiful pecan and magnolia trees, visitors learn about how various owners made money growing, drilli…
Island in The Coastal Bend

Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area

Covering 56,688 acres of barrier island and saltwater marshes, the Matagorda Island WMA is an undeveloped playground for wilderness lovers. You'll have to hire a boat to get over, and bring absolutely everything you…
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

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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…
Park in Matagorda

Jetty Park

This small county park at the end of the road is a good alternative for groups that aren't in a vehicle that can handle the dunes. There are showers, bathrooms and picnic tables, and you can leave your car parked he…
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…