Goose Island State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

Goose Island State Park

is a small island-based state park on the southeastern side of Texas. Located near the community of Lamar and the city of Rockport, this state park has 321 acres of gorgeous scenery that's enjoyed by the more than 60,000 campers who visit it each year. The park is famous for the head-spinning variety of rare and endangered birds that visit it year-round, and just like many of those feathered visitors, you can enjoy great fishing in the waters surrounding the island. The weather varies throughout the year, with more moderate temperatures during the winter and early spring and sweltering summers with decent humidity and rain. It's definitely worth a stop for some incredible bird-watching and a look at the island's magnificent Big Tree.

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Weather
Spring 64-82 F
Summer 74.6-93.6 F
Fall 64.6-84 F
Winter 49-70 F
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Nearby Cities
Rockport, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Goose Island State Park

Camping in an RV rental is a fun and convenient way to enjoy Goose Island State Park or any other excursion. When you rent, you get to take the comfort of home with you on the road at a fraction of the cost of owning an RV. With all the money you save, you can camp out at some of these great RV parks and campgrounds in and around Goose Island.

Goose Island State Park Campsites

Goose Island State Park takes in thousands of campers each year, with facilities designed to accommodate both the tent and RV varieties. Campsites with water and electrical hookups start at $18 per night, and spots with only water and simple concrete pads in overflow camping areas are $10 per night.

Depending on which kind of spot you choose, you'll be close to conveniences like showers, restrooms, grills, fire pits, picnic tables and share shelters. Your pets can join you for your adventures, too, though don't expect to post pictures of them until you get home due to spotty cellular service and a lack of Wi-Fi. Every spot here gives you a front-row view to experience the park in its full majesty each day.

Angler's RV Retreat

At  Angler's RV Retreat, you can expect some homey hospitality given that the family who owns the park also lives on-site. This RV campground has things like full hookups, complimentary Wi-Fi, water and sewer connections, picnic areas and concrete patios as well as a convenient location near the water for fishing and boating.

Pets are welcome as long as they're reasonably well-behaved and on a leash. Nightly rates differ between 30-foot and 50-foot spots at $35 and $45 per night, respectively. Discounts or extra charges are added based on the length of your stay, the number of people in your party and other factors.

Ancient Oaks RV Park & Campground

Ancient Oaks RV Park & Campground is a large RV park found near Aransas Bay. It's packed to the brim with amenities for campers, and it has both $35-per-night 30-amp and $40-per-night 50-amp pull-through spots available. Here, you can enjoy Wi-Fi, cable TV, restrooms, showers, a heated pool and Jacuzzi, club areas for the pool, horseshoes and community meals, a pet park and so much more. All this, plus the gorgeous oak trees located throughout the park, makes it one of the few campsites that rival the destination of your vacation in terms of things to do and see.

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What to Do at
Goose Island State Park

Inside Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park has tons to experience within its borders. Bird-watching, fishing, boating and hiking are some of the most popular activities for people on the island. More than six species of hummingbirds stop there, and it's also a favorite rest stop for whooping cranes, whistling ducks and, of course, lively gaggles of geese. The list of other winged visitors you can spot from the trails and observation deck there is long. The Big Tree is also a major attraction; it's a massive tree on the island that's thought to be over 1,000 years old.

Outside Goose Island State Park

If you're enjoying your Goose Island State Park vacation but you want a little switch from the scenery, take a trip down to some of these restaurants, shops and places of interest to amp up your adventure.

Restaurants

Old Fulton Seafood Cafe & Deli

Old Fulton Seafood Cafe & Deli is a seafood cafe and delicatessen that serves up some of the most delicious seaside dishes in the city of Rockport. Shrimp, calamari, Gulf oysters, red snapper, crab and more all come fresh from the water to your plate. For a change from seafood, try the eatery's amazing barbecue pork shanks or homemade lasagna. You can also stop by for a drink at the EXL executive lounge and bar.

Type: Seafood

Location: 2828 Highway 35 N, Harbor Oaks Shopping Village, Rockport, TX 78382

Shempys Grill

At  Shempys Grill, you can enjoy a low-key, rustic and down-to-earth dining experience filled with plenty of good food fresh from both the land and sea. Crabcakes, soft-shell crabs, po'boys, fried okra, oysters and more complete a hearty meal for anyone with a major appetite. There's also the delicious catfish platter and juicy rib-eye steaks you can order, plus some bread pudding for dessert.

Type: Surf and Turf

Location: 3911 Highway 35 S, Rockport, TX 78382

Los Comales Mexican Restaurant

Los Comales Mexican Restaurant is a small restaurant with an expansive menu of great food. Fajitas, quesadillas, fried jalapenos, nachos and plenty more are all served up hot out of the kitchen with tons of options for fresh fish and meats, not to mention the delicious queso. There's also a bar with some fantastic margaritas.

Type: Mexican

Location: 431 Highway 35 S, Rockport, TX 78382

Shopping

Rockport Fulton Market Days

The Rockport Fulton Market Days is a monthly event held at the Rockport Festival Grounds. Local vendors from all over the city come to set up shop and sell what they've made. From art to jewelry to T-shirts to food trucks and beyond, it's definitely worth stopping by to browse if you're lucky enough to make it here in time.

Location: 100 Seabreeze Drive, The Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, Rockport, TX 78382

Magnolia New & Used Treasures

Magnolia New & Used Treasures is a small antique shop in downtown Rockport. The store is varied in terms of what's inside, a fact that makes it quite easy to spend an entire afternoon just browsing and chatting with the owners. Furniture, games, tools and various knickknacks crowd the shelves, making Magnolia a great place to find some unique souvenirs to take home.

Location: 1015 E Concho St, Rockport, TX 78382

Sightseeing

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is a large mansion built in 1877 by Colonel George and Harriet Fulton. One of the earliest and finest examples of the Second Empire style of architecture, this mansion is where fans of historic buildings can stop in to take a tour and see the grounds up close to properly appreciate this wonder.

Location: 317 S Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX 78382

Texas Maritime Museum

The Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport is dedicated to preserving the history of maritime activity in Texas waters for all to see. Come see the vast collection of artifacts related to the Gulf Coast, and browse the library filled with fascinating information and historical texts.

Location: 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382

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How to Get to
Goose Island State Park

You can make it to Goose Island State Park fairly easily from the city of Rockport. Just get on State Highway 35 and travel about 7.5 miles before turning right onto Park Road 13. Head east another 2 miles before turning right again. Follow Park Road 13 until you find the gate and proper signage.

Entering Goose Island State Park

To get inside Goose Island State Park, simply turn right into the park after paying the necessary fees at the gate. The park is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. each day for visitors. 

Per adult and child over 12 : $5

Per child 12 and under : $0

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