August Events & Attractions
Rockport
Receives Top 5 Ranking in USA Today's 10Best Small Coastal Town contest for 2020

Photo by: Cissy Beasley

We are excited to announce that Rockport placed #4 in the nation for Small Coastal Towns. To see the entire list, Please click here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town/

COVID19 UPDATE:
Aransas County is known for eco-tourism, so social distancing doesn't have to be a problem. The fishing is phenomenal. The area has been known for its Speckled Trout and Redfish among anglers “in the know”. Complete facilities from professional fishing guides to public piers and marinas are available. Another activity that is popular in the area is Kayak fishing. With an array of kayak sites, everyone from fishermen to birders are enjoying the use of the sites. With miles of seascape, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty and a bit of meditation. Birding is also phenomenal in our area. Over 400 different species have been spotted in the marshes, wooded inland areas and along the sandy beaches. 

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to be at a higher than normal rate in the State of Texas, guidelines and restrictions for our tourism industry are continuously changing.

While we enjoy our visitors, if you are planning travel to our area, we ask that you do so responsibly and practice safety guidelines. Please reference the guidelines for Texas here .

When visiting our beach, here are several restrictions to follow. Please adhere to new rules when enjoying the beach.

Visitors are advised to call their hotels, local attractions and business establishments before making plans. There is always a possibility of modified hours of operation or new guidelines.

Fishing and Birding
Fishing in the Bays are Plentiful

Open piers:
Breakwater (End of Market Street) pier, Rockport Beach North Pier, Leggett Channel, Rockport Harbor Seawall, Bulkhead at Fulton Harbor, Copano Kayak Site, Howard Murph Park, Copano Causeway Boat Launch.

State Park:
Goose Island pier is closed but fishing is available at Day Use Area and Boat Ramp.

Open marinas:
Cove Harbor Marina, Copano Causeway Ramp and Boat Launch, Rockport Beach Park, and Fulton Harbor and Cove Harbor Marina.
Birds are Flying High

Birding Migration:
From the Gulf of Mexico to beaches, bays and estuaries and inland woods, prairies and fields, one will find extraordinary birding throughout Aransas County. We have 10 birding sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail.

From November to March, the world's only wild flock of over 500 endangered Whooping Cranes calls the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge home.
Accolades
To see more of our accolades, visit our website at rockport-fulton.org/featured-news .
Around Town Community Events
Babes on the Bay
This All women Angler event was rescheduled from May to September 21-22. As the situation with Covid19 may or may not interupt these plans, please check the website for updates.
https://www.babesonthebay.com/ or phone 361-205-0182

Rockport Cultural Arts District
August 8- Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm, A great place to buy locally grown produce as well as jams, jellies, & pickled produce. There will often be fresh-baked bread, local honey, hen fruit, and freshly made goat soap. Buy fresh produce and cottage canned products, bread and more.at 105 S. Austin St. in the Oh My! Parking lot.  More information here. The contact email for anyone interested in being a vendor is rockportdowntownfarmersmarket@gmail.com !
August 8- Makers Market, 9 am-5 pm, Downtown Rockport Maker's Market is a local outdoor market featuring handmade items from local artists and fun and unique home décor. Located at Rockport Daily Grind, 302 S Austin St.  More information here.
Shop, stroll, and dine! The mission and objectives of the District are to strengthen and preserve Rockport’s unique reputation as a significant artistic community and be a resource for residents and visitors. The District’s goals are focused on continued economic development through marketing the many facets of tourism within the District.

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
August 11- 7-8:30pm, Music at the Mansion will be a Music IN THE Mansion. We are live streaming the Red Tide Band from the parlor.
The Fulton Mansion is now open for limited tours and retail to go. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10-4pm with tours on the hour by reservation only. Call 361-729-0386 x 30 to reserve a spot.. Adult admission $7.00, Seniors $6.00, children $4.00, children under 5 are free. The Fulton Mansion is located 317 S. Fulton Beach Rd. Rockport, TX. Call ahead for the most up-to-date information: 361.729.0386 or visit our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/visitfultonmansion

Texas Maritime Museum - Education Center
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM. Located at (1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit  texasmaritimemuseum.org

Rockport Center for the Arts 
Free Family Saturdays during the school year. Stop by the Art Center any Saturday during the school year and make an original work of art with your children. Each Saturday will feature a different project. Most projects take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour each. You may drop in anytime between 10 and 4. All are welcome! An adult must accompany all children.
Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America" by John Villani and "Top 10 Artist Colonies" by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.
Visit Rockport Center for the Arts location at  406 Austin  (at Estelle Stair Gallary) in Rockport.
Hours of operation Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM | FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

The History Center for Aransas County
2nd Saturday of the month – Plant Exchange, 10 am to 12 pm
Hours of Operation for the History Center: Monday and Friday 10 AM -2 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1 PM-4 PM.
801 E. Cedar St. Rockport   | A Pathways Venue | For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit   http://www.hcfriends.net/  

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit  www.aransas.agrilife.org  for more information
Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners - 361-790-0103

Aransas Pathways
Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. Visit:  www.aransaspathways.com  | 361-729-6445

Rialto Theater
The Rialto Bar offers a wide selection of beer and wine plus setups for BYOB. Located at   327 South Commercial Street, Aransas Pass  . Visit us on Facebook. FMI: 361-758-0383 or   art@rialtotheater.org   or  rialtotheater.org

Rockport Country Club
Rockport Country Club has a new bar concept, redesigned dining area and lounge with all new furnishings, Rockport Country Club is poised to offer its members a lifestyle not found anywhere in the Coastal Bend area. For membership or to be a "Member for a Day" contact Stan Reeder at 361-450-4393. FMI visit our website  www.rockportcc.com

Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions
Boat Tours are available. Information on Dolphin and birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071

Goose Island State Park
Goose Island State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM. Park Headquarters is staffed 7 days a week from 8 AM-4 PM. Limited tent camping, RV camping, and day use are available by online reservation only. For more information, visit  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island https://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/ , or call 361-729-2858. The boat ramp, fish cleaning station, nature trail, and picnic area are available for day use. The island bayfront area, including the fishing pier, is closed for construction for the foreseeable future. Please obey all barriers, construction markings, and social distancing guidelines when visiting the park. While at Goose Island, be sure to visit one of the most famous live oaks in the world, the "Big Tree" estimated to be centuries old.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge is open from half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset. Entrance fee is currently waived, and Visitor Contact Station is closed. Auto tour, trails, fishing pier, and observation decks are open; please practice social distancing. Come hike a trail, fish off the pier or from your kayak, or drive the 16 mile auto tour. FMI, call 361-349-1181 or visit  www.facebook.com/AransasNWR  or 
(Voted the #1 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers' Choice)

Cards
The Women's club is open 12:30pm Monday and Friday. No Food or Drinks. Masks are required. Tables 6ft apart. Temperatures will be taken before entering and hand sanitizer used. 50% occupancy rules apply. Every Monday and Friday, 12:30-4 PM - Play Canasta or Party Bridge at the Woman's Club of Aransas County |   1104 E. Concho, Rockport  . (Across from the Chamber of Commerce near the Rockport Harbor) Members $4 | Non-members $5. FMI: 361-557-1150 or visit our   website
Connect With Us
This is a publication put together by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
800-242-0071 I Rockport-Fulton.org I #VisitRockportFulton