Features bay and gulf marine life, activities for youth, marine artifacts, shell collections and free literature. Open 1–4 p.m. Thu.–Mon. Free. 702 Navigation Circle. 361/729-2328.
Sight-seeing, nature observation, hiking and photography are permitted in designated areas. The best time to view wildlife, including whooping cranes, is November–March. The Wildlife Interpretive Center features mounted specimens, a slide show and literature. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily; close...
The Mission-Aransas Estuary was selected in May 2006 as a National Estuarine Research Reserve site. It includes a visitor center, auditorium and teaching courtyard. The visitor center and auditorium house museum-quality exhibits that teach the importance of local estuaries. Open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fre...
This community project promotes the value of plants as a natural resource worthy of protection. It also promotes low cost, low maintenance landscapes that provide food for birds—in particular, hummingbirds. It includes a 19-stop nature trail and is a great place to picnic. In Texas Department of ...
Trails are designed to protect the wildlife habitat and lead to select spots where visitors might see resident and Neotropical migrant birds. Self-guided tours are available. Texas bird-watcher Connie Hagar lived and learned from her feathered friends here. Open sunrise–sunset. First and Church s...
A former highway causeway across the bay north of Rockport is now two
excellent fishing piers administered by the Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department. Piers extend from the north and south sides (not connected)—the
total length of both are more than 1.5 miles. Concessions are on both sides.
Public fishing piers are the Fulton Harbor Pier, those at the north and south ends of Rockport Beach Park, and the Copano Causeway Pier.
This Texas Historical Commission property offers a glimpse into the life of an affluent late 1800s family. Learn about George Fulton's engineering skills, walk through Harriet Fulton's gardens and hear stories about living in this grand Victorian villa, called Oakhurst. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–S...
Brown pelicans, rare whooping cranes and fishing in the bountiful waters of Aransas, Copano and St. Charles Bays draw visitors to Texas' first coastal state park. It also is home to the "Big Tree," a massive coastal live oak estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. Admission and camping fees. A...
Housed in a restored 19th-century home, the center is the hub for the arts, including visual, performing and literary. Gallery exhibits, classes, summer day-camp programs, concerts, an annual art festival and a gift shop are offered. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sat. and 1–4 p.m. Sun. Free. 902 Navig...
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