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VISITORS GUIDE STEPHAN NOACK Publisher & Vice President

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Welcome Let us be the first to welcome you to the Coastal Bend area! The Coastal Bend Visitors Guide is the longest lasting visitors guide in the Coastal Bend area. This has been a great resource for visitors, like you, for over 48 years. The Coastal Bend has so much to explore; miles of gulf coast, a rich history, beautiful islands, national and state parks, local seafood cuisine, and breweries.

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On the beautiful coast you can also find adventure for all ages. From a thrilling skydiving adventure over Port Aransas to a segway tour through downtown Corpus Christi. Don't miss out on everything the coast has to offer, including insight from the amazing local community. Learn all about the Corpus Christi culture to the island vibes. The Coastal Bend is more than a vacation with family and friends... it's an experience!

The Coastal Bend Visitors Guide is the longest existing visitors information guide in the Coastal Bend Bay Area. In partnership with the Excellence Team, the Coastal Bend Visitors Guide helps travelers get the best guest experience during their stay with us.

6317 State Highway 361 Port Aransas, Texas 78373 phone 361.994.9100

ADVERTISING SALES If you are interested in advertising in the Coastal Bend Visitors Guide, please contact Martha Knight at 361.563.7302.

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There are many fun attractions and things to do in the Coastal Bend... Check them out in our list of Must See things to do.

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Corpus Christi is home to some of the biggest attractions in the Coastal Bend. Here you can find a sparkling bay, the Texas State Aquarium, Whataburger Field, a fun night life, and the USS Lexington.

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This cute little fishing town is home to beautiful sceneries, the freshest seafood, a great birding scene, and the Fulton Masion. Perfectly nestled on the coast, this is a great stop for any family trip.

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Located on Mustang Island, Port Aransas is known for its fish-filled waterways, dolphin sightings, Whooping Crane visits, and beautiful beaches. This Texas gem is home to plenty of water adventures and family tourism.

Padre Island is filled with the island spirit, live music, and a close knit community. It is home to Schlitterbahn River Park, the National Seashore, Bob Hall Pier, and a beautiful local scene.

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COME PLAY V FULTON MANSION STATE HISTORIC SITE 317 Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX 78382 361.729.0386 • tch.texas.gov

Come see the historic Fulton Mansion located in Rockport-Fulton. The Fulton Mansion is used as inspiration for Spooky stories. A creative writing program for area students. Learn the history of the family and WKH H[SHULHQFH WKH PDQVLRQ ƓUVW hand!

AMERICAN BANK CENTER 1901 N Shoreline, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.826.4700 • www.americanbankcenter.com

The American Bank Center is the Coastal Bend’s Premier Entertainment Facility hosting tons of conventions, live entertainment and sporting events all year long.

Art Center also provides ongoing Saturday art activities geared towards families. The monthly Art Market every 2nd Saturday features original artwork for sale by local artisans.

the Permanent Collection as well as traveling exhibits.

CONCRETE STREET AMPHITHEATER 700 Concrete St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.884.8085 • www.concretestreet.net

As the premier outdoor live music venue in the Coastal Bend. Concrete Street hosts many different concerts and events throughout the year. Come Live it Live at Concrete Street!

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1900 N Chaparral, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.826.4667 • www.ccmuseum.com

The Art Museum of South Texas

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History's 40,000 sq ft of history and science exhibits are a collection of carefully selected representations that are unique to our culture and our surroundings. The museum's collections showcase 500 years of South Texas History you do not want to miss.

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100 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.884.6406 • www.artcentercc.org

1902 N Shoreline, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.825.3500 • www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org

Corpus Christi, TX 361.696.9006 www.enjoycorpuschristitours.com

Enjoy monthly rotating exhibitions featuring unique works by local and regional artists and art classes for children, youth and adults! The

A museum addition by architect Ricardo Legorreta joins the iconic Philip Johnson - designed Art Museum building against the background of Corpus Christi Bay. The museum houses works from

Let Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours make your visit to the coast a memorable one. Go on an unforgettable sightseeing, historical, ghost, cultural or custom excursions around Corpus Christi

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area. These locally owned and operated tours will show you a side of the coast you've never seen before.

FUNTRACKERS FAMILY FUN CENTER 9605 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361-937-9400 • www.funtrackers.com

Funtrackers is the place for family fun! From Go Karts and arcade games, to a new mini golf course, bumper boats and batting cages. Get your fun on at Funtrackers!

HARRISON’S LANDING 108 Peoples St T-Head, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.881.8503 • www.harrisonslanding.net

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BREWSTER STREET ICEHOUSE 1724 N Tancahua, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 • 361.884.2739 • www.brewsterstreet.net

Over the last decade, Brewster Street Icehouse has become the center of the Downtown Corpus Christi Sports, Entertainment and Arts District. Enjoy some of the best live music in the Coastal Bend Bay Area at their family friendly establishment. Let the kids play in the play park while you enjoy some great food and drinks on the big deck!

Put some wind in your sails and view the beautiful Corpus Christi Shoreline from the water! From on of the 3 hour charters offered Saturdays & Sundays, to a lunch break cruise or sunset/dinner cruise package! Visit Cathy’s Boutique & Gifts for tickets and pick up some great gifts.

KING RANCH MUSEUM 405 N 6th St., Kingsville, TX 78363 361.595.1881 • www.king-ranch.com

Get a real taste of the mythic past of the King Ranch with a trip to the King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, Texas! Discover some of the King Ranch Museum’s permanent collections, saddles from around the world, historic guns and full scale replicas of historic Texas flags. Visitors can view videos about the great history of the King Ranch and it’s main residence. Open daily, except most major holidays.

OSO BEACH & LOZANO GOLF 5601 S Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 361.826.8010 • www.osobeachgolf.com

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FISHERMAN’S WHARF 900 Tarpon Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373 • 800.605.5448 • www.wharfcat.com

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4401 Old Brownsville, Corpus Christi, TX 78405 361.826.8016 â&#x20AC;¢ www.lozanogolfcenter.com

Grab your clubs and come play some of the best golf in the Coastal Bend! Designed to promote better golf through organized play days and quality lessons for individuals or groups.

PADRE BALLI PARK / BOB HALL PIER 15820 S.P.I.D. Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361.949.8121 â&#x20AC;¢ www.nuecesbeachparks.com

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V USS LEXINGTON 2914 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402 361.888.4873 • www.usslexington.com

With over 5 million visitors since she opened as a museum in 1992, the U.S.S. Lexington museum is one of the best educational and entertaining museums in the Coastal Bend. Learn the story of the World War II aircraft carrier by climbing through the ladders and passageways of the ship and feel the excitement as you climb into WKHŴLJKWVLPXODWRUDQGYLUWXDOEDWWOH stations. Bend Bay Area, the Padre Balli Park and Bob Hall Pier is located on the North end of Padre Island. Required beach parking permits are needed for beach parking and Camping/RV information is available at the park RIƓFHQHDU%RE+DOO3LHU

PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE 20420 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361.949.4944 • www.nps.gov/PAIS

The longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Home to an important nesting beach for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. Museum, bookstore, concession stand, observation decks and showers. Come experience nature and all it has to offer today!

SEGCITY TOURS 403 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.563.4050 • www.segcity.com

For the most amazing guided tour experience of the Corpus Christi Bayfront area, jump on a Segway at SegCity! As an authorized Segway Tour company, their entertaining guides are properly trained to make your journey with them beyond expectations.

SELENA MUSEUM & STATUTE 5410 Leopard St. Corpus Christi, TX 78408

their desire to have Selena’s memory shared with the public. The Quintanilla family offers the museum as a memorial to the achievements and life of their beloved daughter. Visit the Selena Memorial Statue on Shoreline & Peoples Street downtown.

TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM 2710 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402 361.881.1200 • www.texasstateaquarium.org

Texas State Aquarium lets you immerse yourself in the lush tropical

RED DRAGON PIRATE CRUISES 440 Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373 361.749.2469 • www.reddragonpiratecruises.com

Red Dragon Pirate Cruises is one of Port Aransas' newest attractions and a definite hit among the Port Aransas visitors. These daily two-hour cruises offer exciting sword fights, water pistol battles, treasure hunting and tons more Pirate fun! Open cruises are family friendly and a great time for families of all ages and they're also available for private charters and educational field trips.

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Red Dragon Pirate Cruise 361.289.9013 • www.q-productions.com

The Selena Museum was built by the Quintanilla family in 1998 in response to the thousands of letters mailed to them by fans expressing

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SOUTH TEXAS BOTANICAL GARDENS flamingos, spying a sloth as it lounges, and sharks swimming overhead while walking through an underwater tunnel are just a few highlights of a journey that leads to conservation, commitment, and action to protect all marine and wildlife. Check out Texas State

8545 S Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 361.852.2100 • www.stxbot.org Venture into the delightful 2600 VTXDUHIRRW VFUHHQHG %XWWHUŴ\ House, and Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory. Experience the impressive new Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory, 300 breathtaking roses and stately Rose Pavilion, quaint Hummingbird Garden, imaginative

Texas State Aquarium Aquarium’s brand-new Caribbean Journey to experience an exciting, educational, and memorable adventure through one of North America’s premiere aquariums! The Texas State Aquarium regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. VISITCOASTALBEND.COM

Sensory Garden with fascinating artscape, Arid Garden, new Tropical Garden and colorful EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens. And during our eight warmer months, enjoy the fragrant tropical Plumeria Garden with elevated viewing ramp

to enjoy the tree-top blooms from a birds-eye view. <RXUYLVLWVWRWKH%RWDQLFDO*DUGHQV & Nature Center in Corpus Christi will immerse you in serene beauty, followed by an adventurous ‘walk on the wild side’ with 11 uniquely VWXQQLQJŴRUDOH[KLELWVDQGJDUGHQV shouting color, followed by quiet trails and boardwalk through shaded native habitat, bridged ravines, and natural wetlands. This 182-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens-- beautiful new Exotic Parrots, or native wildlife in the new Resident Reptiles exhibit; artistic decorative water features, or vast natural wetlands; majestic Rose Pavilion; or rustic Palapa Grande on scenic Gator Lake. Corpus Christi’s informal South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will impress you with its unusual approach to environmental education through creative horticultural design, and fascinating naturescape of natural wetlands and trails through native mesquite forest. 'HƓQLWHO\ QRW \RXU JUDQGPRWKHUōV botanical garden! FLORA, FAUNA, FUN! COASTAL BEND VISITORS GUIDE

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FOOD & DINING TOP RESTAURANTS OF THE COASTAL BEND BAY AREA The Coastal Bend Bay Area is the home to some QHVJGOQUVWPKSWGƃCXQTUHTQOUQOGQHVJGOQUV extraordinary culinary artists in the state.

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NIKO’S STEAKHOUSE 5409 Saratoga Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 361.992.2333 • www.nikossteakhouse.com

Niko’s Steakhouse will exceed steak lovers’ expectations with their perfectly assorted menu and casually elegant atmosphere. Before you walk in the door, you’ll smell the Mesquite wood that is their secret for bringing RXWWKHXQLTXHŴDYRUVLQWKHLUJULOOHG specialties. Make sure you leave room for one of their fabulous desserts and a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.

900 N Shoreline Blvd Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.887.1600

Four-Diamond Rated, offering a unique dining experience unlike any other available in the area. Dine high above Corpus Christi and experience impeccably prepared meals and an extensive wine list. The elegant atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious cuisine are everything you expect from a Four-Diamond Restaurant.

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309 N Chaparral, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.881.9448 â&#x20AC;˘ www.waterstreetmarketcc.com

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6133 Ennis Joslin, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 361.993.3283 www.pizzastate.com

Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love fresh handmade pizza? A favorite with Texas A&M - Corpus Christi students, Naval Station personnel and locals alike. Featuring dough made fresh daily, load your pizza, calzone or stromboli with a variety of classic and unique toppings. Eat in and enjoy their beer specials, ELJVFUHHQ79VDQGIUHH:LĆ&#x201C; Internet Access... or take it to go!

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104 W Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373 361.749.4800 â&#x20AC;˘ www.tsbag.com

With some of the most beautiful waterfront dinners and awesome laid back atmosphere, Trout Street Bar & Grill is a great place to unwind in Port Aransas. Start out your meal with one of their great appetizers like the Harbor Fries or crab cakes followed by some of the freshest featured catches in the Coastal Bend or their famous Jumbo Gulf Shrimp. VISITCOASTALBEND.COM

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10529 S.P.I.D, #130, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 or 5802 Yorktown Blvd #A101, Corpus Christi, TX 78414 bluffalowings.com

4855 S Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 361.452.2013 • facebook.com/saltyoakbbq

222 Beach Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373 361.749.0022 • facebook.com/laplayaporta

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Love has a way of taking your breath away. And at Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, we believe your wedding day should do the same. From impeccable service and sensational cuisine to beautiful bayfront views, we’re here to ensure your special day will leave you breathless. Let our expert staff take care of every detail, so all you have to say is “I do.”

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108 Peoples Street T-Head, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.881.8503 â&#x20AC;˘ www.harrisonslanding.net

Within walking distance from the Bayfront hotels, this family-owned restaurant has become a local favorite. Known for their lobster bisque, snapper tacos, and colossal fried shrimp, this unique UHVWDXUDQWDOVRKDVDĹ´RDWLQJGLQLQJDUHDDQGWLNLEDU 3ULPDULO\ DQ RXWGRRU IDFLOLW\ XSVWDLUV LQ WKH Ĺ´RDWLQJ building built upon a barge, there is an indoor dining area. Lunch & dinner offer an assortment of seafood and chicken, salads, burgers, sandwiches and more. Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing is family-friendly as well as Ć&#x201C;GRIULHQGO\DQGRIIHUVOLYHPXVLF:HG6XQ:LWKD delicious array of food and drinks Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing sure makes for a great dinner catch.

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TAKENIWA ASIAN FUSION 5216 S.P.I.D., Corpus Christi, TX 78411 361.356.6888 â&#x20AC;˘ www.takeniwa.com

Savor authentic Asian Cuisine from many different cultures, including Chinese, Japanese and Thai, highlighted by a live Hibachi show where their specialty trained chefs cook your entrĂŠes before your eyes ZLWKĹ´DUHDQGH[FLWHPHQW Takeniwa also features an extensive menu with over 100 varieties of sushi and rolls.

200 E Cotter, Port Aransas, TX 78373 361.749.1540 â&#x20AC;˘ rooseveltsatthetarponinn.com

The Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn is a local favorite to those traveling to the Port Aransas area. Stop in for a memorable and intimate atmosphere. Start out your dining experience with one of their delicious starters from coconut fried shrimp to quail tails. Then, grab one of their awesome entrĂŠes including their amazing shrimp and tenderloin tower. VISITCOASTALBEND.COM

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EAT LOCAL ON THE COAST Visiting the coast is not complete without stopping the hottest and freshest local restaurants. When visiting these local restaurants you can expect the freshest gulf coast seafood, Texas raised steaks, and a wide variety of Texas wines and brews. The coast is more than just a beach VWRS ,W LV ƓOOHG ZLWK FRPPXQLWLHV WKDW pride themselves on customer service and food quality. Restaurant varieties are great for families, date nights, and fun!

PARADISE KEY DOCKSIDE BAR & GRILL 165 Cove Harbor N, Rockport, TX 78382 361.729.600 • paradisekeydocksidebarandgrill.com

Getaway from the city crowds and drive down to this beautiful dockside bar and grill. Open Wednesday - Monday you can enjoy the best water view in the Rockport-Fulton. Fron delicious soft shell crab, to oysters, to mouthwatering burgers Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill has it all.

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13309 SPID, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 361.949.6744 • docsseafoodandsteaks.com

Enjoy Live Music every night from Doc's picturesque location right on the waterfront. Diners can savor great indoor and outdoor views, fresh Gulf seafood, hand cut steaks and tropical mixed drinks. In addition to their expansive views and great cuisine, Doc's offers the most-photographed sunset in Corpus Christi for FREE!

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5274 S Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78411 361.991.6888

Don’t take the words “supreme buffet” lightly - the Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet features seafood, sushi, steaks, hibachi grill, Chinese, American and Italian food at a great buffet price. Great for families of all ages, this delicious and very clean buffet has entrées and desserts to meet any palette. VISITCOASTALBEND.COM

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LAMAR PARK 3850 S Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Lamar Park is the lifestyle shopping center of choice. Without a doubt, the premier shopping destination in &RUSXV&KULVWL<RXZLOOƓQGLQWULJXLQJ specialty shops, designer and name brand stores, high quality ladies, men’s and children’s apparel as well as unique dining and jewelry stores. For a complete listing of stores please visit their website listings at www.lamarpark.com.

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309 N Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

At the heart of Corpus Christi’s downtown marina and entertainment district is this popular oasis and landmark. With numerous specialty stores and excellent restaurants, it is a definite hot spot for locals and travelers alike. While there, don’t miss the live music at the Executive Surf Club or the famous Texas Surf Museum with over 3000 square feed of exhibits and Gulf Coast surfing history. COASTAL BEND VISITORS GUIDE

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BENJAMIN'S SURF & SKATE Located in the heart of Corpus Christi, Benjamin's Surf & Skate provides the ultimate in surf and VNDWHDSSDUHO<RX OOIHHOULJKWDWKRPHDV\RXDUH greeted by the friendly and knowlegeable local staff at Benjamin's Surf and Skate. Head on in and ride the wave in style!

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1233 Airline Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 361.993.2520 â&#x20AC;˘ www.benjaminsurf.com

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TREEHOUSE ART COLLECTIVE

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309 N Water St #D, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361.882.4822 â&#x20AC;˘ www.treehouseartcc.com

This art gallery showcases the work of local artists from the Texas Coastal Bend and features watercolors, oils, acrylics, multi-media, photographs, dichroic and tons more! Take home a great piece of art today as a memento of your trip to the Coastal Bend.

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BLEU FROG

500 N Hwy 77 (IH69), Robstown, TX 78380 361.933.1355 â&#x20AC;˘ corpuschristioutlets.com

Shopping is a breeze in our open-air, village-style center. With convenient parking, a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area and curbside food truck pavilion \RXĹ?OO Ć&#x201C;QG WKH EUDQGV \RX ORYH IRU less. Nike, Brooks Brothers, Guess, Converse, H&M, Torrid and more! Save on everything under the sun. Just 18 minutes from Downtown.

1710 S Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 361.881.1091 â&#x20AC;˘ bleufrogmercantile.com

Fun. Funky. Fabulous. The perfect GHĆ&#x201C;QLWLRQ RI %OHX )URJ  5HFHQWO\ under new management, Bleu Frog is expanding and transforming. Here you will be swept up in the elegance RI Ć&#x201C;QH KRPH IXUQLVKLQJV HQDPRUHG with the whimsy of dĂŠcor, and thrilled with all of our new coastal apparel and accessories! Bleu Frog is family owned and stands on the traditions of Honesty, Integrity, and Superior Customer Service.

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345 N Alister St, Suite E2, Port Aransas, TX 78373

www.thepalmrepublicoftexas.com The Palm Republic is a located in a unique and charming shopping center in the heart of Port Aransas. This store arose after the Port Aransas community was devastated by Hurricane Harvey and quickly became a staple of the community's resilience. $W 7KH 3DOP 5HSXEOLF \RX OO Ć&#x201C;QG WKH ODWHVW LVODQG trends from apparel, to caps, to home decor and even backpacks and keychains. OCTOBER 2020


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5488 S.P.I.D., Corpus Christi, TX 78411 361.991.5718 • www.lapalmera.com

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1. Texas State Aquarium Whataburger 4-D Theatre 2. USS Lexington Lockdown on the Lex Escape Room Flight Simulator 3D Mega Theatre

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3. Pier 99 Capri Beach Big Daddy's Ice Cream Beach Access/Parking ATM 7

4. Sea Treasures North Beach Gift Shop Splash Blue Marlin Saloon Palace Beachwear & Gifts 6

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24. Bleu Frog Hester’s Cafe - Six Points Price’s Chef 25. Cole Park / Skate Park

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SOUTHSIDE CORPUS CHRISTI 26. Best Buy Shoe Carnival Bed, Bath & Beyond Michael’s Subway Baskin Robin’s &KLFƓO$ 11th Hour Escape

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34. Physicians Premier ER 35. Oso Beach Golf Course 36

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Science Institute 62. Castaway’s Seafood & Grill 63. The Crazy Cajun Gratitude MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen 64. Stingrays Taphouse and Grill

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72. Charlotte Plummer Seafaire Moondog Seaside Eatery Cheryl’s By the Bay 73. Bellino’s Italian Restaurant

74. Panjo’s Pizza & Pasta Taqueria Puerto Vallarta 75. K-Bob’s Steakhouse 76. GLOW Seafood Restaurant 77. Cracker Barrel #5 78. Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Boiling Pot Restaurant

Texas Maritime Museum

Fulton Mansion Historic Site

Bay Education Center

Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay

Rockport Center for the Arts

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LATITUDE 28°02’ Restaurant Mac’s Pit Barbecue 79. Los Comales Mexican Bakery Cafe Rockport Our Family Kitchen 80. Taquitos El Guero Bull Frog Tavern 81. Original Vallarta Restaurant Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill COASTAL BEND VISITORS GUIDE

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