Only 30 miles from the beautiful coastal town of Rockport, Texas is the one of a kind Texas State Aquarium! This aquarium is home to thousands of different sea creatures including dolphins, jelly fish, local fish, and much more. There are 20 different exhibits in this aquarium making it the perfect fun and educational family outing. One of the most popular exhibits is the Dolphin Bay/Underwater Room. This exhibit is filled with 400,000 gallons of salt water and showcases the wonders of four dolphins. You can either view the dolphin from above the water or under it in the special underwater viewing room! They also offer special dolphin shows. The Eagle Pass exhibit was created to raise awareness of the “backyard” conservation and features only rescued birds. The third exhibit is the Floating Phantoms and has many different species of jellyfish including Pacific sea nettles, moon jellies, purple stripe jellies and Atlantic sea nettles.
The Flower Garden is 40,000 gallon tank that is a representation of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary located in the gulf of Mexico and shows off all the beauty of coral reefs. Other exhibits include the Island of Steel which is a replica of the habitats formed under oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Living Shores which lets kids hold and touch different types of sea creatures. The Near Shore exhibit shows the different local beach animal life of the Rockport/Corpus Christi area. Otter Creek is home to multiple otters and trainers put on shows each day. There is also a 4D theatre that is currently playing “Smallfoot 4D” and “Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D experience”. To learn about the rest of the Texas State Aquarium exhibits such as the Stingray Lagoon and Swamp Tails visit their exhibit page. For a daily event and show schedule go to here.
The Texas State Aquarium is an attraction that you do not want to miss out on. Bring your family to Rockport, Texas over the holidays and stay at a beautiful rental home at Miss Kitty’s fishing Getaways. We offer many houses in Rockport, Port Aransas, and Aransas Pass. Aransas Pass is less than 20 miles away from the Texas State Aquarium as well as 7 miles away from the island of Port Aransas. Bring the whole family to Rockport to experience the vacation of a lifetime. This is one choice that you will not forget. We cannot wait to see you!
Come celebrate with us for the 50th anniversary of the Rockport Art Festival and Art Auction Gala! Held from Saturday, July 6 to Sunday, July 7, this event will showcase work from artists across the nation. There will be live music, delicious food vendors, drinks, and of course fantastic art. Enjoy art across many different mediums and participate in the Art Auction Gala Friday, July 5th at 6:30 P.M. Art Fest is located on the festival grounds next to the Rockport beach and will have an air conditioned tent filled with art vendors.
For more information visit the website here.
Hosted by the Leadership Aransas County (LAC) Alumni Association along with Aransas Pathways, the third annual Kayak Fishing Tournament is an event you do not want to miss. This is a catch, photo, release tournament that welcomes both new comers and experienced anglers. Sign up as an individual or a group for $75 for adults and $50 for youth. The tournament starts at 6 A.M. and ends at 3 P.M. with a “weigh in” where you show your fish pictures.
The captains meeting will be the day before on May 31st at 6 P.M. and will be held at Poor Man’s Country Club. Learn about the rules, get door prizes, and meet fellow contestants while enjoying delicious food and drink.
All contests must provide their own kayak! For more information about this awesome tournament go here.
The Rockport Fulton Market Days has been around since 2009 and happens on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of every month. Select vendors with early bird specials open on Friday. Come on out and enjoy great live music, delicious food trucks, and don’t forget to bring your furry friend as there are often pet vendors there as well! Get all your family and friends together to relax, shop, and enjoy the weather. This event attracts vendors and shoppers from around Texas to create a fun and interesting environment with a unique variety of items and food to shop for.
Market Days is located next to the Rockport Beach on the festival grounds. For more information about this exciting event click here.
If you love wine then you better make sure you’re in Rockport Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for a weekend filled with great wine and food. Featuring over 100 types of wine, this is an event you cannot miss! There will also be live music, craft beer, food, and vendor booths.
Babes on the Bay is a popular annual all women’s fishing tournament held March 17th-18th. Held in Rockport, Texas this tournament is hosted by the CCA Texas Aransas Bay Chapter. This tournament promotes women in the sport of fishing in a weekend filled with live music, vendors, and of course fishing!
There are 5 team divisions:
- Professional Guide (any bait)
- Professional Guide (artificial only)
- Non-Professional Guide (any bait)
- Non-Professional Guide (artificial only)
- Babe-ette Division (16 years or younger)
- 1st-5th place are awarded to the first 4 divisions and heaviest fish in Babe-ette division
- Cash prizes include heaviest red, heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer for all divisions
- Go here to learn more about prizes and divisions
- There is a separate fly fishing division for more information go here
Don’t miss out on the largest sand sculpture competition in the U.S. on April 26th-28th. Join sculptors and visitors from around the world at this amazing event filled with mind blowing sculptures, live music, food, vendors, and more! Tickets are cash only and $15 for adults, $5 for 6-12, and free for 5 and under. To learn more go here!
For visitors that want more of a hands on experience there is an amateur competition! The categories include 7 and under, 8-12, 13-18, adult, and family. Contestants can enter as a team or as an individual. For more information about how to register for the amateur competition go here.
Spring break is a popular vacation time in Rockport. With warmer weather and great fishing, spring is a great time to plan a fishing trip and head to the beach! This year spring break will be from March 8th to March 16 and our houses fill up quick.
Rockport is a great place to get away from the college crowd and spend a week on the beach with your family. The Rockport beach is located on the bay and is the only beach in Texas to be certified as a Blue Wave beach. The water is clean with small gentle waves that are perfect for small children. There are multiple pavilions set up along the beach that can be rented out for gatherings, parties, or picnics. The beach is also equipped with three children play areas and volleyball courts. There are also multiple fishing areas and jetties located along the beach.
If you are more the parting type then Port Aransas is a spot you will want to visit on your trip. The Port Aransas beach is only a 20 minute drive from Rockport and is filled with bars, restaurants, and shops. There will be spring break parties, concerts, and events going on from March 10th – March 31st.
We are running a spring break special where if you book a home with us during spring break you will get a deal on an all inclusive fishing trip for 500 dollars! This awesome package has a guided fishing trip for 3 and a free catered meal. Enjoy a day full of great coastal fishing and delicious food. Add an extra 100 dollars per extra person. For more information click here.