Goose Island State Park – A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
Tule Creek Hike and Bike Trail – The 1.08-mile trail features a 10-foot wide concrete path that winds through Live Oak Forest, running parallel to Tule Creek, and ending at Enterprise Boulevard near Memorial Park. The Tule Creek hike and bike trail begins at an unusual location, next to Wal-Mart with the smoky smell of barbecue from a restaurant wafting through the air. But just a few steps down the trail the aroma begins to fade and the superstore disappears from view. Minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rockport, the hike and bike trail cuts through a wooded area before meeting up with the creek.
Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary – Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary is located at the corner of South Church Street and East First Street. There is parking along E. First Street. The site has 6.25 acres with an observation platform. This sanctuary is a mixture of oak motte and native grasses. This is the original location of the famed Rockport Cottages, operated by Connie and Jack Hagar. Mrs. Hagar moved to Rockport in 1935 and devoted her life to documenting birdlife in the Rockport area.
Aransas Woods – Aransas Woods is 140 acres of freshwater wetlands and Live Oak uplands with an extensive but primitive walking trail system. During “fallouts” coastal mottes such as Aransas Woods offer food and protection to thousands upon thousands of weary landbirds who might otherwise perish if forced to continue inland to the nearest contiguous forests. The site’s observation platform overlooks a complex of grassland, oak motte, and shallow wetlands, making this site attractive to birds and other wildlife year-round.
The Big Tree – The “Big Tree”, Is located in Aransas County on the Lamar Peninsula near the town of Rockport, Texas. It is considered one of the most famous live oaks in the world after being named “Texas State Champion Virginia Live Oak” (Quercus virginianus) in 1969. The “Big Tree” is still thought to be one of the largest live oak specimens in the United States, and a must-stop destination when traveling through the area.
Texas Maritime Museum – The history of the Texas Maritime Museum can be traced back to the late 1970’s at the Rockport annual Seafair Festival. Maritime enthusiasts would bring out their personal collections of motors, fishing equipment and mounted fish for the public’s view. The establishment of the Museum was a community wide project headed by a few dedicated members. The Texas Maritime Museum opened its doors on July 1, 1989.