New Orleans to Rockport Road Trip Guide


New Orleans thrills its residents, first-timers, and frequent visitors with its captivating attractions, beautiful city life, and of course, its amazing people. Every moment spent in this city is one to relish as there are so many things to do that its impossible for anyone to feel left out.

What is it that interests you? Is it culture, music, art, history, outdoor recreation? You’ll get a full dose of these when you explore the city’s parts. After all, New Orleans is not known as the birthplace of Jazz and Cocktails for no reason. You will find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself and let yourself go. Wonder what the city looks like at night? You’ll be surprised at how the energy and life here knows no end. Festivals here and there, sports activities and centers open for guests’ excitement, as well as numerous places to enjoy quality meals make this city a favored recreation destination.

If you fancy an RV road trip out of here to further deepen your recreational adventure, then Rockport, Texas is the place to go. The drive west is certainly one to look forward to, with lots of memorable stops along the way. Pack your bags in your RV and set out. The destination, with all its splendor and magnificence, awaits.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: any
audience: family

Point of Interest

Brooks Park

Your first stop on this fascinating adventure is Brooks Park in Baton Rouge. This park is particularly designed for families to be thoroughly engaged when they visit, making it just perfect for you and your family after the long drive from New Orleans.

Here there are modern facilities and amenities such as an outdoor basketball court, playground for kids, swimming pool, tennis courts, as well as looped walking tracks to cater to guests’ varied needs. Lovers of golf are not left out here, and neither are avid anglers. So, whatever your desire is, just come along with the appropriate gear and you’ll easily slip into the excitement. What many guests find particularly interesting is the dog park that accommodates pets. So, if you’ve got one, this park is perfect.

Baton Rouge KOA Holiday is a great place to turn in with your family after a long day.

Sam Houston Jones State Park

When you leave Brook’s Park, the next place to stop over is Sam Houston Jones State Park in Lake Charles. Why? Because you’ll get to see an assortment of wildlife that will definitely excite you. Within this park, you can visit areas with rivers, trees, and lakes, and spend time anywhere you feel is just what you need at the moment. Rest assured, you’ll love the picturesque backdrop offered by the pine and hardwood trees.

Some of the wildlife you’ll see here includes bobcats, alligators, squirrels, foxes, as well as a wide variety of birds. So, ensure you have your camera handy. If your interest is boating or hiking, there’s nothing stopping you from going after your passion on the lake and the park’s trails.

Sixty-two RV sites are available here for overnight camping, so you’re covered if you wish to stay the night.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The next destination is Houston, Texas, where you and your family will take a tour of the famous Houston Museum of Natural Science. As the largest science museum in Houston, you’re surely getting good value for time spent, and learning so much here.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center in the museum features pieces that provide information about tropical rainforest areas, while the Planetarium is all about stars and galaxies. You should visit those two when exploring the museum.

What the museum is most popular for, however, is the trip back in time to when dinosaurs lived. This is surely going to fascinate the kids.

You’ll need tickets for access to the exhibit halls and other parts of the museum, so it’s best to purchase those before you set out.

From here you can proceed to the final stop in Austwell at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is just the perfect place to wrap up the RV road trip adventure from New Orleans. This Wildlife Refuge, bordered to the east and south by San Antonio Bay and Aransas Bay, is home to beautiful fauna that you’ll definitely want to see and take pictures of.

The Refuge features scenic nature trails that offer visitors the opportunity to see various bird species roaming the skies above. Even more, coastal critters and alligators are commonly sighted in the park. If you’re a lover of hunting and possess appropriate permits, you can go after feral dogs and white-tailed deer in the refuge using rifles and bow and arrow. Other ways you can stay active in the Refuge are by fishing from San Antonio Bay, or riding bicycles with the park.

A host of private RV campgrounds are available near the Wildlife Refuge for you to spend the night with your family before making the final push to Rockport. Goose Island State Park is yet another RV camping destination.


As you approach Rockport, you’ll begin to see why the city is a worthy destination for an RV road trip. There are lots of spaces and attractions here for you to unwind and catch your breath, as well as rest from the road adventure. One of the places you definitely should visit here is the Rockport Beach, the ideal outdoor setting for refreshment, invigoration, and fun. The city is equally a great place to visit for park activities. You and your family are surely guaranteed a swell time here.

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