In the Rockport/Fulton Area
Rockport Beach is lovely and fun for kids. It is a man-made beach, with imported sand, and is on a protected part of the bay, so the waves are small and it is consistently nice. This is where the big blue crab was before Harvey, and where the iconic Rockport photo backdrop is located. Also has bathroom facilities and outside showers, some palapa type shelters (free to use!), and a pretty cool jetty. Admission is just a couple bucks.
Just across the parking lot from the beach is the Rockport Art Center, featuring rotating exhibits of local artist, and a great gift shop. They have a small art garden outside. Free admission.
Texas Maritime Museum is, as the name suggests, full of Texas maritime history, including parts of the LaBelle and many other fantastic exhibits. They have a neat outdoor play area for kids, with a wooden ship and a real lifeboat. Adult admission is $8, seniors and active duty military are $6, kids 3-12 are $3. Kids under 3 are free.
Fulton Mansion is currently only open for “hard hat” tours, since they are working on the extensive repairs from Harvey. It is an amazing old building! Admission is free, but donations go towards the repair and maintenance of this gem!
Fishing- Rockport/Fulton is know for it’s fishing. Rob and Nate will know the spots. And if you are really nice, they will probably show you.
Birding- If you are a “bird nerd”, then you know that the area is even MORE famous for its bird watching. Its not crane season, but Goose Island State Park, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and many other spots offer great birding opportunities!
Aransas Pass/Port Aransas
Aransas Pass Aquatic Center has a neat pool, big water slides, and a lot of interactive family fun! They are open every day except Tuesday.
Brotherwolf Sistermoon Tattoo in Aransas Pass is a great place to spend a few hours and leave with a permanent souvenir! They are on Facebook and Insta!
Take the ferry over to Port A and watch the dolphins play, or get a snow cone and buy some tourist t-shirts. Ask Rob about fishing related stuff.
The USS Lexington is a must-see! A decommissioned aircraft carrier parked just to the left of the causeway as you are driving into CC. You can’t miss it!
Lots of indoor/air conditioned fun (and education!) at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. It’s fun for grownups too!
The Texas State Aquarium is one of my favorites! Otters, turtles, native fish…and many machines vending smashed pennies (my favorite!).