The educational needs of Rockport students are served by the Aransas County Independent School District. This public school district serves most of the county, including the town of Fulton. Over 3,000 K-12 students are enrolled yearly at ACISD, with students attending Little Bay Primary School (pre-K-K); Live Oak 1-3 Learning Center (grades 1-3); Fulton 4-5 Learning Center (grades 4-5); Rockport-Fulton Middle School (grades 6-8); and Rockport-Fulton High School (grades 9-12). Rockport also has one private school, Sacred Heart School, which serves pre-K to 6th grade students.
For high school graduates and students ready to make the big jump to a college, university or trade/vocational school, Rockport is at least 32 miles from a variety of institutions of higher learning. The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus is about a half-hour drive away from Rockport as is Del Mar College. The Kingsville campus of Texas A&M is about 70 miles from Rockport, and the closest technical college is located in Harlingen.
The top industry sectors within the Rockport-Fulton area include health services, retail, education, and industrial. Many residents also work within the state and government sectors, with the top major employers including Aransas County, State of Texas, and City of Rockport. The labor force of Rockport is drawn from an approximate 50 to 60 mile radius from the city center itself.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Rockport is part of what’s known as the “Texas Riviera.” A popular tourist destination, Rockport is known for its excellent sport fishing, birding, and the beautiful beaches. Residents and visitors can also visit the historical Fulton Mansion, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and downtown Rockport for an eclectic selection of shopping and dining.
Sport fishermen enjoy fishing in the waters of Rockport for Sheepshead, Redfish, flounders, Black Drums and Speckled Trout. Or, if you’re not really into fishing, consider taking the boat out onto the waters and enjoy the cool sea breeze and a gorgeous Texan sunset. Beachcombing and water-sports activities such as jet-skiing are popular in the Aransas Bay. For those interested in bird watching, Rockport-Fulton is home to over 500 bird species in the area, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Group tours are offered to view these birds in their natural habitat from November to the end of March.
Rockport is also considered one of the “Top Ten Art Colonies” in the United States, an honor given to Rockport by Coastal Living Magazine in their April 2008 issue. Rockport-Fulton has over 15 art galleries housing works of art by 300 artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds, the Rockport Art Festival, one of the largest juried festivals in the country, and the Rockport Center for the Arts, which features a Sculpture Garden on Aransas Bay and three art galleries. The area is also home to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, a 59,000 acre refuge popular for professional and amateur photographers.
Parks & Recreation
One of the more well-known state parks in Aransas County is Goose Island State Park. With a little over 320 acres of park space surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, Goose Island is home to the famous State Champion Coastal Live Oak affectionately known as the “Big Tree.” Thought to be over 1,000 years old, the Big Tree is 44 feet tall, 35 feet around and has a crown spread of 90 feet. Although swimming isn’t allowed at this park, Goose Island does offer excellent camping grounds, opportunities for birding and fishing, boating, photography, and wildlife observation.
Rockport Beach has won awards for being “The Nation’s Cleanest Beach” and is the first Texas Blue Wave Beach, a first in America’s environmental certification for beaches. The campaign is meant to “promote public awareness and voluntary participation in maintaining clean and healthy beaches.” Rockport Beach is also home to over 30 species of birds and is part of the Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is also managed by the City of Rockport. Rockport Beach features three playgrounds, 61 individual picnic sites, an 800-foot pier popular for fishing, a saltwater pool, and areas for sailing (on the beach-side of the park).
The Community Aquatic and Skate Park is popular among the younger residents of Rockport. Located on a 12-acre live oak forest, this public park features a heated eight-lane 25 yard pool and diving area, a bathhouse, and a 6,000 square foot skate park. There’s even a picnic area and a ¼ mile nature trail adjacent to the park.
Golfers looking to spend the day on the links will be pleased to find that the Rockport Country Club, a 530-acre luxury development with a clubhouse, private party rooms, fitness centers, tennis courts and swimming pools, and of course the par 71, 18-hole championship golf course, offers all of the luxury amenities they need to enjoy a day of golf. The Rockport Country Club is located about 31 miles north of Corpus Christi and was designed by Bill Coore and Jimmy Demeret. The course is a sprawling 6,500 yards and features large sand dunes and grassy knolls set amongst coastal live oaks. The course also features 65 acres of interconnecting lakes and ponds for the native wildlife. Membership is available for residents and non-residents who live 15 miles outside the Country Club.
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