Rockport is the county seat of Aransas County. According to the 2010 U.S. census, it has a population of just over 8,700. This makes it a tiny town by any standards in America, not just Texan standards.
According to the Texas State Historical Association, Rockport was founded in 1870 as a port for the slaughtering, packaging, and shipping of cattle. Located on Texas’s east coast, there is a rock ledge that runs along the shoreline, and it is from this rock ledge that the city took its name. Today, the town is popular among tourists for its fishing and water skiing opportunities.
As with any beach city, the town’s beach is its most popular location for visitors. Even for such a tiny town, an ample number of visitors seem to find it for its beach each year. The town tries to make the beach as nice as it can for visitors and locals alike, with a playground for children and a pavilion for entertainment located directly on the beach.
Other attractions in Rockport include the annual Oysterfest, Seafair, and Wine Festival. Historic sites also exist in the town that are well worth visiting, such as the Fulton Mansion, the Maritime Museum, the town’s collection of art galleries, and the downtown heritage district, where there is plenty of shopping in a variety of different shops located in old buildings.
Of interest to eco-travelers are the town’s whooping cranes. According to the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, these cranes spend their winters in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which is located along the border of the town.
Bird watching is a popular local pastime, with the Aransas Bird and Nature Club leading the way in helping people responsibly view the cranes in their natural habitat. Several different species of hummingbirds also make their home along the migration route of the cranes. In fact, the hummingbirds are so popular that Rockport hosts a Hummingbird and Birding expo each year.