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Rockport/Fulton Texas One of the Top 10 Cities for Seniors

Updated on March 26, 2012
Bird watching
Bird watching
Statue on the beach. Flowers appear daily
Statue on the beach. Flowers appear daily
Fulton Mansion daily tours
Fulton Mansion daily tours
Great place to spend the day
Great place to spend the day
Live Oak
Live Oak

Rockport, Texas is located on Copano Bay. It is thirty miles north and east of Corpus Christi. It borders the smaller town of Fulton. The two offer many things for seniors to do.

Bird watching is the big thing. Whooping Cranes migrate there in the winter. You can also see white and grey pelicans, roseate spoon bills, herons, including the Great Blue Heron, sea gulls of all types, black headed skimmers, and many more. There are whooping crane boat tours. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Nature lovers can continue by heading to Aransas Wildlife Refuge. Alligators, javelinas, and armadillos might be found there, along with all the other wildlife. It’s a great place to spend the day, have a picnic and learn about animals in their own habitats. You can follow this with a trip to Goose Island State Park.

You can go to Fulton Bay and watch the shrimp and oyster boats come and go. You can learn to tell which is which by watching them out on the bay. The maritime museum is worth it and so is the aquarium.

I happened on a wine walk in downtown Rockport. There are many artisans in the area. It was amazing to see all the art work. The shops in downtown are as unique as the artist themselves.

The many RV parks have activities going on all the time. They have a Mardi Gras festival in Lamar, rodeos, the oyster festival in Fulton, and many more. There are also golf courses for those who wish to golf. The only way to be bored is to do nothing.

Take a trip to Padre Island. It’s about an hour drive and a ferry ride to Aransas Pass. The national shore is worth the trip. Be sure to wear flip flops as jelly fish have been known to wash up on the shore. You can find all kinds of shells and sea beans. Pack a lunch or plan to eat in Aransas Pass on your return to the ferry. Ferries are free and run every fifteen minutes twenty-four hours a day. You can see big freighters while on the ferry.

You can fish, watch the oil tanker ships, swim and just thoroughly enjoy yourself. On rainy days the library can supply you with reading material. The visitor center even has coloring books of the different birds in the area. There is a science center that gives lectures at 2pm daily. There is always shopping at the mall in Corpus Christi.

People are polite and welcome what they call ‘winter’ Texans, those from the north who come south for the winter. There are a couple things you should be aware of when in this area. All stop lights have cameras at them. You cannot use your cell phone in a school area when the lights are flashing. It is a $250 fine if you are caught doing that. There is also an area near the Fulton airport that is a dead zone for cell phones.

Finding a place to stay in the area is easy. Follow my previous hub on finding a resort or vacation spot ahead and checking out the rentals. You can stay in mobile parks, bring your RV, or find beach cottages and condos to rent. There is something for every taste and every pocketbook.

After spending a winter there I can highly recommend it as a place to go. Be adventurous. Pull out the atlas. Check Kiplingers top ten cities for seniors. You’ll find Rockport there.


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      Rebecka Vigus 5 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Thank you. Yes, I had a wonderful time.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had no idea that there were so many things to do in the Rockport area and that according to Kiplingers that it is a top 10 city for seniors. Great hub! Very informative! You obviously enjoyed yourself there and had time to explore all of the surrounding area. Nice! Voted up, useful, interesting and will SHARE with my followers.