Although separate municipalities, Rockport and Fulton share heritage, business and recreational areas. Abundant access is available to saltwater recreational opportunities.

Rockport was established in 1867 as a shipping point for wool, hides, bones and tallow. It became the Aransas County seat in 1871.

Fulton was settled in 1866 and named for George Ware Fulton. Coleman-Fulton Pasture Co. ranched in the area and promoted efforts toward a deep-water pass and railroads to market their beef. It is now a tourist community.

The jetty sheltering Rockport Yacht Basin is a popular spot for bay fishing. Group-boat bay fishing is available at the yacht basin. Many hotels and motels on the bayfront maintain private fishing piers for guests. A wide array of professional fishing guides also are available for charters.

Rockport-Fulton is a popular place for outdoor activities. A number of parks are available including Memorial Park and the Community Aquatic & Skate Park. New attractions and nature trails are being developed. A mobile app is available, call 361/729-6445; Rockport-Fulton also lies along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Visit

Annual events include the Gospel Music Festival in January, Oysterfest in March, Rockport Arts Festival in July, Seafair in October and Christmas by the Bay in December.


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