Thanksgiving On The Texas Coast

Playing in RockportIt's hard to beat spending Thanksgiving with friends and family enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with a delicious fried turkey, biking, playing on the beach, exploring some local attractions, warm weather, stuffing ourselves with drinks and good food at several waterfront restaurants, games, and more. Which is why we continue to come to the Rockport/Fulton and Port Aransas area for several days around Thanksgiving.

This year's Thanksgiving vacation started with 3 days at Sandollar Motel & RV Resort in Fulton Texas. A perfect place for us to stay to explore and play in the Fulton Rockport area for a few days. The RV Resort (check out our review of Sandollar RV Resort) has some nice heavily treed sites, lots of amenities (2 pools, marina, fishing pier, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and more) and it's conveniently located to lots to see and do in the Fulton Rockport area - see this map of Rockport and Fulton to find things to do. And we could walk or ride bikes to three waterfront restaurants and bars on Aransas Bay.

Joining us in Rockport were our two daughters and 3 of the five grand kids - the other two grand kids were hunting with their dad and the ten year old got a deer, hog, and turkey, which we fried and ate. Once the motorhome was settled in we hopped on the bikes and rode on down the road for drinks and lunch at Moon Dog overlooking the Bay.

Camping in FultonGood Restaurant in RockportBiking in Fulton

After a good lunch at Moon Dog we rode past the Resort's Fishing Pier and the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site on the way back to the campground. The wife and I had planned to play 18 holes of golf at Rockport Country Club Golf Course - here is a link to our review of Rockport Country Club - but a small rainstorm came up and forced us to cancel.

Fishing pier at Sandollar ResortRockport Country ClubFulton Mansion

Over the next few days in Rockport & Fulton we:

  • visited the Aquarium which was closed but we enjoyed the art gallery, Maritime Museum, and visitors center coastal display as we biked around the marina and Rockport Park

Biking on the birding trailMaritime Museum in RockportUnder the crab in Rockport

  • enjoyed some good food overlooking the water and yacht harbor
  • played at the beach

Paradise Key RestaurantRockport MarinaRockport Beach

Football on the beach in Port AransasOn Wednesday we packed up the motorhome, stopped at Walmart to buy a couple turkeys and $300 worth of groceries and beer, and rode the ferry across the channel to Port Aransas. We stayed in a colorful two story beach rental house with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and a downstairs area that was perfect for the 5 grand kids - and it was only a couple blocks from the beach! Within 5 minutes after arriving and unpacking most of us were loaded in the golf cart that came with the house and on the beach for a day of building sand castles, flying kites, and competitive games of football, frisbee, and bocce ball. At the end of our street and facing the beach is a restaurant with a deck, some pretty good food, cold beer, and a great view of the Gulf of Mexico - of course we had to spend some time there!

Some of the other things we did during our stay in Port Aransas included:

  • rode bikes along the bay and on the boardwalk that winds it's way through the flatlands of the bay - I secretly took bets on which grand kid would be the first to get tired or run off the edge of the boardwalk and into the shallow bay water - to my surprise none of them complained about the ride but the youngest granddaughter did plunge off the side of the boardwalk and land with her bike and body in a foot of water, no damage but it did scare her and mom a little
  • enjoyed a fantastic fish dinner from some of the 50 fish, including a 32" red fish, that the son-in-law and his two sons caught fishing with a local fishing guide

Biking on the birding trail in Port AFishing in Port AWow, that's a big fish

  • spent some time on the beach playing games and watching a kite surfer skim along the surf and a groundhog dig a tunnel and push the dirt out his hole - which of course lead to burying a grand kid

watching a kite surfer at Port AransasGopher at Port ABeach at Port Aransas

  • the grand kids loved riding the golf cart everywhere we went in Port Aransas - to the restaurants, on the beach, and around town - our rental house came with a great golf cart and in years past we have rented a cart from one of the local golf cart rental businesses in Port A
  • played lots of games and ate and drank more than we should have at our beach rental house
  • took bets on whose belt sander would win (we bet a round of drinks) first place at the belt sander races at the Gaff but the rain cancelled the races and it also forced us to cancel a round of golf that morning at one of our favorite courses in Texas - read our review of Palmilla Beach Golf Club

Golf cart on the beachRental house in Port APalmilla Beach Golf Course

  • the cold weather on Saturday forced us indoors leaving us no choice but to start bar hopping at Stingrays with lunch, drinks, and pool followed by darts at another bar, a seafood dinner, and then we sent the kids home in the golf cart while most of the adults went bar hopping to Bernie's, Shorties, and Giggity's

Pool at StingraysMusic at ShortiesMusic at Giggity's

What a fun and activity filled few days over Thanksgiving with family and friends in Rockport, Fulton, and Port Aransas - hated to see it end.

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