Things to Do in Goose Island State Park

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Goose Island State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Texas, located north of the city of Rockport on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Goose Island offers camping, fishing and birding along St. Charles and Aransas bays, north of Corpus Christi.

Make sure to visit the Big Tree, which has been standing sentinel on the coast for over 1000 years old!

One of the highlights of this park is "The Big Tree", a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana)

Let's explore this amazing place.



Experience lapping water and Gulf breezes in Goose Island State Park surrounded by both St. Charles and Aransas Bays. One of the highlights of this park is "The Big Tree", a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), thought to be over 1000 years old.
Although it is located on the seashore, the shoreline consists of concrete, oyster shell, mudflat, and marsh grass.

That’s why there’s no designated swimming area at the park. Instead, the main park activities include camping, birding, fishing, and boating. In Goose Island State Park, sightseeing wouldn’t have been so nice! It’d never be enough to just drive through to see the Big Tree. Nothing beats the beauty of nature offered in this park: from pretty trees spread out the area as well as the amazing shoreline on the bay with so many people fishing out there.

Enjoy the park by reserving passes online or calling the customer service center beforehand. The entrance fee for adults is $5 while children 12 years and under can visit the park for free.

The Big Tree

It is beautiful and peaceful spot to walk around and sit on the benches to enjoy nature.

Maintained very well right next to the water for great fishing as well.

Address : 1622 12th St, Rockport, TX 78382, USA


You can pick your favorite activities here. Some of the available activities including camping, fishing, hiking, geocaching, boating, and observing and taking photos of wildlife, especially birds. As mentioned earlier, swimming isn’t recommended here, as the shoreline has concrete bulkheads, oyster shells, mud flats and marsh grass.
Do you love fishing? Goose Island State Park is perfect for you! You can fish from shore, boat, or the 1,620-foot long fishing pier. They also have a regular boat launch and a kayak/canoe launch, though you have to bring your own boat. What’s more, they also have a fish cleaning station! If you’re new to fishing, there’s another great news for you: you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore or pier in a Texas state park, including in Goose Island State Park! You can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes at the park through the Tackle Loaner Program. Beware for occasionally, you might see alligators in the park!
They also offer a variety of programs, including nature hikes, birding tours, kids programs and more. Their Junior Ranger Program lets your kids explore the nature through an Explorer Pack which offers tools for looking at nature up close and personal. Pick up a free Activity Journal and let your kids learn from the nature in a more challenging way by completing a certain number of activities to earn a badge! Their ranger program also offers some volunteering activities, so you might want to check the details on the official website if you’re interested in participating!


The park averages more than 60,000 overnight campers each year and has about 200,000 visitors annually. They have some campsites with electricity and water as well as overflow campsites. For group sites, the park offers group hall (sadly without kitchen) and group camp (youth).


What to know before you visit:
• Face coverings are required inside state buildings, including restrooms.
• No groups of over 10 people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
• Maintain at least a six-foot distance from people not in your group.
• Most park headquarters, visitor centers and stores are open.
• We are not renting or loaning equipment.
• In-person events will have limited capacity.
• Park hours may be adjusted – be sure to check park hours before you visit. Contact the park for the gate code during regular hours if you will be arriving after hours to camp.
• Check travel restrictions before you go.


The park opens daily from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. You might want to consider visiting the park based on the busy season or the temperature, all is totally up to your preference!
The busy season of Goose Island State Park is from Memorial Day through Labor Day, October through Thanksgiving, and January through April.
January average low is 45 degrees. July average high is 92 degrees. Wettest months are August, September and October. First freeze occurs mid-December, while the last one occurs early February.


Claiming to be the finest accommodations in Rockport-Fulton, Texas, Pelican Bay Resort features free standing New England style cottages, poolside mini-suites, and a spacious Lodge, all nestled among the shady live oaks for which the Rockport-Fulton area is famous.

Another lodging option for you is La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rockport – Fulton, a modern hotel just minutes from the Aransas Bay. The good news for you is that the hotel is pet-friendly! Make the most of your stay with free breakfast, high-speed WiFi, and a refreshing pool with cabanas that offer a private respite from the daily grind.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rockport - Fulton

This is one of the best hotels with exceptional amenities.

Providing a swimming pool which is very suitable for relaxing, rooms are very cozy and clean equipped with facilities.

They also provide a very tasty and hot breakfast.

Staff is always welcoming and professional.

Address : 2921 Hwy 35 N Bypass, Rockport, TX 78382, USA

Pelican Bay Resort

This is a resort that is designed very cute and beautiful and is perfect for a family vacation or romantic date.

Pool area is relaxing and beautiful plants.

They provide very beautifully designed rooms with all the amenities.

They also provide breakfast, or healthy snacks, so they can be enjoyed at the pool.

All staff are also very accommodating and professional.

Address : 4206 TX-35, Rockport, TX 78382, USA


If you are a burger connoisseur, or even just like them occasionally, then Pop’s Place is a must! It’s where locals, fishermen, and birders meet and eat, established since 1993. The menu covers a wide array of selections such as steak, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, salads, kids meals, and drinks like beer and wine.
Looking for more options of comfort foods? You should definitely pay a visit to Ngo's Dine-In. The servings are large, food is very good with very reasonably prices as well as great service and friendly staff! The food is both Asian and American with pho, fried rice, and chicken fried steak being some menus mostly loved by visitors—you’ll be very pleased to have lunch there!

Pop's Place Goose Island State Park

Nice roadside cafe bar.

The art with bottle caps is cool AF to check out while you eat.

Really good service and fun times with a karaoke night every Friday and Saturday.

Friendly people, both customers and the two ladies working.

Address : 202 Park Rd 13, Rockport, TX 78382, USA

Ngo's Dine-In

One of the best family owned and run restaurants in town.

Vietnamese,Chinese, American food and huge portions.

The servings are large, food is very good, very reasonably prices.

Address : 2827 Business, Hwy 35 N Bypass, Rockport, TX 78382, USA


You can always buy gift items at the park’s store. For another shopping option, there’s Dollar General shop, a bargain retail chain selling a range of household goods, groceries, beauty products and more close by the site.

Dollar General

Employees are friendly things are sort of easy to find and they have good prices.

Address : 4125 Hwy 35 N Bypass, Fulton, TX 78358, USA