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TEXAS COASTAL BEND REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL 2017 TOURISM GUIDE

www.txcoastalbend.org


© 2017 Texas Coastal Bend

361-241-7323; email at info@txcoastalbend.org

2016 Barbara Sheppard Award Winner - Nancy Deviney, Executive Director of the Texas Tropical Trail Region; award presented by Bart Wales of the Refugio County Museum 2017 TCBRTC OFFICERS President - Sandy Jumper (center left) Director of Tourism & Events, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce  Vice President - Tracy Florence (center right) President/CEO Bee County Chamber of Commerce   Secretary - Claire Barnhart Korth (left) Owner of Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Retreat in Goliad County  Executive Director - Ann Neese (right) of Corpus Christi 

2016 Kay Wolf/Rob Early Award Winner - Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau represented by Joel Novosad and Nancy Brittain

Boots to Beaches is produced annually by Nicole Perez Morris on behalf of the Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council. You may contact her via email at nperez@alice24-7.com or call 361-207-6361 Custom cover design by Daniel Charles; email: skullsessiontattoos13@gmail.com or call 361-207-4584


More to Explore! Beaches and birds, science and museums, art and history, shopping, and more. visitrockportfulton 1-800-242-0071

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community members

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Alice Chamber of Commerce

Ingleside Chamber of Commerce

Refugio County Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1609, Alice, TX, 78333,

P.O. Box 686, Ingleside, TX,

301 N. Alamo St., Refugio, TX,

361-664-3454

78362, 361-389-5558

78377, 361-526-2835

www.alicetxchamber.org

www.inglesidetxchamber.com

refugiocountytx.org

Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce

Jackson Co. Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Robstown Area Development Commission

130 W. Goodnight, Aransas Pass,

P.O. Box 788, Edna, TX, 77957

P. O. Box 111, Robstown, TX,

TX, 78336; 1-800-633-3028

361-782-7146

78380, 361-387-3933

www.aransaspass.org

jacksoncountytexas.com

www.robstownadc.com

Bee County Chamber of Commerce

Kenedy Chamber of Commerce

Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce

1705 N. St. Mary’s, Beeville, TX,

P. O. Box 570, Kenedy, TX, 78119

319 Broadway, Rockport, TX,

78102, 361-358-3267

830-583-3223

78382, 361-729-6445

www.beecountychamber.org

kenedychamber.org

www.rockport-fulton.org

City of Kingsville 200 E. Kleberg Ave.,

Palacios Chamber of Commerce

San Patricio EDC P.O. Box 238, Hwy. 361

Kingsville, TX, 78363

420 Main, Palacios, TX, 77465

Gregory, TX, 78359

361-592-8516

361-972-2615

361-643-4744

cityofkingsville.com

www.palacioschamber.com

sanpatricioedc.com

500 N. Shoreline, Ste. 420,

Corpus Christi CVB

Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau

Corpus Christi, TX, 78401,

403 W Cotter, Port Aransas, TX,

P. O. Box 1648, Three Rivers, TX,

361-881-1820

78373, 361-749-5919

78071, 361-786-4330

www.visitcorpuschristitx.org

www.portaransas.org

threeriverstx.org

Cuero Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce

Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce

Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau

124 E. Church, Cuero, TX, 77954

2300 Highway 35 North,

P. O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX,

361-275-2112 - www.cuero.org

Port Lavaca, TX, 77979

77902, 361-485-3116

361-552-2959

www.visitvictoriatexas.com

George West Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 359, George West, TX, 78022 361-449-2033 www.georgewest.org

Goliad Co. Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 606, Goliad, TX, 77963, 361-645-3563 - www.goliadcc.org

www.portlavacainfo.com

Portland Chamber of Commerce

Yorktown Economic Development Corp. 141 S. Riedel, Yorktown, TX, 78164

P.O. Box 388, Portland, TX,

361-564-2661

78374, 361-643-2475

www.yorktowntx.com

www.portlandtx.org


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Several museums share historical artifacts of Alice and South Texas. The 6RXWK7H[DV0XVHXPRͿHUVDQRYHUYLHZ of the early days in the Hub City. The Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum showcases Tejano artists and legends in the Birthplace of Tejano’s music museum. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Alice and its surrounding areas have

an abundance of wildlife. Hunting, ÀVKLQJ DQG ELUG ZDWFKLQJ DUH IDYRULWH activities. A variety of wild game hunting opportunities are available from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Lined with mesquite trees, the Alice Municipal Golf Course is the largest of the city’s two golf courses, with 18 holes on 5,911 yards of long fairways and greens. The $OLFH &RXQWU\ &OXE *ROI &RXUVH RͿHUV 9 holes, with special rates available for Winter Texans. South Texas and Jim :HOOV &RXQW\ RͿHU DQ HQGOHVV YDFDWLRQ climate with the amenities of a worldclass resort nearby.

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ALICE WAS ESTABLISHED in 1888 and named after the daughter of Captain Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Historically, the community is associated with cattle, the vaquero and the American cowboy. Alice was noted as the world’s largest cattle shipping point from 1888 to 1895. The richness of the area’s history is displayed in the South Texas Museum near downtown.

We enjoy year-round outdoor activities LQFOXGLQJ JROÀQJ KLNLQJ FDPSLQJ and boating. Saltwater and freshwater ÀVKLQJ FRPELQHG ZLWK D WKULYLQJ wildlife population all await the outdoor enthusiast. For those who

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prefer their entertainment indoors, there are a variety of theater groups, symphonies, art galleries and dance companies nearby. Museums, zoos, aquariums and historic sites abound, DGGLQJD7H[DVĂ DLUWR\RXUHGXFDWLRQDO outings. And with Old Mexico right next door, international excursions are a short drive away. Alice, Texas, the county seat of Jim Wells County, is centrally located in South Texas, making it a commercial center for the petroleum industry, tourism, healthcare, agribusiness and distribution to surrounding areas.

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The combination of a growing industry, an outstanding education system, an abundance of wildlife, and economic activity for the region makes Alice a favorite among residents and visitors alike.

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ARANSAS PASS OFFERS cool breezes and unique, crystal clear waters, beautiful VHD JUDVV DQG WKH EHVW ED\ ÀVKLQJ LQ the State of Texas. Aransas Pass prides itself on maintaining its charming small town atmosphere while hosting many SURIHVVLRQDO ÀVKLQJ JXLGHV ND\DN IDFLOLWLHV ELUGLQJ DUHDV SDUNV D WHUULÀF aquatic center, wonderful downtown shops, restaurants, historic live theatre, and the most state-of-the-art Civic Center in the entire region. SHRIMPOREE Aransas Pass is known for its shrimping KHULWDJHDQGLWVUHFUHDWLRQDOÀVKLQJ(DFK year, Aransas Pass celebrates its shrimping heritage in June with the Shrimporee with live entertainment, a carnival, arts and crafts booths and shrimp cooked in a

Call the Alice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Chamber of Commerce at 877-9925423 or visit www.alicetxchamber.org.

variety of ways. BOATING There are many marinas and boat ramps available, with the largest at the historic Conn Brown Harbor. This picturesque harbor setting is a favorite spot for photographers and is a preferred location WR SXUFKDVH IUHVK VHDIRRGULJKW RͿ WKH boat. While at the Harbor, pay a visit to the Seaman’s Memorial Tower. The beautiful memorial is dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea. Coastal ED\ DQG JXOI ÀVKLQJ DUH DPRQJ WKH EHVW in Texas. Take advantage of our bay V\VWHPVZKLFKRͿHU\HDUURXQGSOHDVXUH ZLWKDYDULHW\RIÀVKLQFOXGLQJWKHSUROLÀF 5HGÀVK  -RLQ D GHHSVHD FKDUWHU KLUH D guide, or launch your own boat.


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ERUGHULQJ 5HGÀVK %D\ 7KLV DUHD LV D KDYHQIRUUHJLRQDODQGPLJUDWLQJELUGV 0DUVK\ DQG VSRWWHG ZLWK PDQ\ ÀVK EUHHGLQJSRQGVWKHDUHDLVDEXQGDQWLQ VSHFLHVRIZDWHUIRZO2QHORFDOIDYRULWH VLWHLV1HZEHUU\3DUN7KHDFUHVPDOO FHQWUDOFLW\SDUNLVODQGVFDSHGWRDWWUDFW ELUGV KXPPLQJELUGV DQG EXWWHUà LHV DV WKH\SDVVWKURXJK For more information, contact the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce at 361-758-2750/1-800-633-3028 or visit www.aransaspass.org.

Stay & Play in Aransas Pass Redsh Bay Conn Brown Harbor Aransas Pass Civic Center Seaman Memorial Tower Lighthouse Lake Trails Shrimporee Aransas Pass Aquatic Center Check us out for upcoming events:

www.aransaspass.org

• Custom & Classic Car Show • Hotties on the Harbor • Taste of Aransas Pass

Visit us online @ AransasPass.org or phone 361-758-2750

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WE ARE 3,500 ACRES of richly diverse habitat such as fresh water marshes, upland woodlands and 9 miles of Mission River with incredible riparian habitat. We are located in Refugio &RXQW\ ZLWKLQ WKH FHQWUDO Ă \DZD\ where we have recorded over 400 species of birds.

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We have 30 miles of hiking and biking trails and gravel roads for you to record your sightings on one of our legendary hayrides tours. We call these our Bird Watching Tours, they include a guide and unlimited time and access to the most primitive areas of the ranch.

Among our more popular attractions are the Wildlife Photography Blinds that are available for daily rentals and are also utilized for our Sharpshooters Photography Club. The Fennessey Ranch is privately owned by Brien O’Connor Dunn and the property has been a part of his family’s holdings for more than 200 years. All tours and visits to the ranch are by reservation only. All tours employ a ranch guide and/or an expert birding guide. Call (361) 5296600.

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THE BEE COUNTY Historical Society was organized to discover, procure and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civil, literary and ecclesiastical history of the United States of America in general and to the State of Texas and County of Bee, in particular, and to establish and maintain collections in art, history, crafts and archeology. The Historic McClanahan House is open WKH ÀUVW 6XQGD\ RI HYHU\ PRQWK 7KH house was constructed in 1867 and is the oldest business structure still standing in our county. Check the Bee County Historical Society

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IF YOU ARE interested in spending time with the birds of south Texas, there is hardly a better place to start than Bee County. Arriving in south Texas from the north, Bee County is where you are OLNHO\ WR PDNH ÀUVW FRQWDFW ZLWK ELUGV that make you feel you are visiting the tropics. You will encounter Green Jays, Audubon’s Orioles, Long-billed and &XUYHELOOHG 7KUDVKHUV %XͿEHOOLHG

on Facebook for up-to-date information. “LIKE� the page as we post timeline updates. We will be posting dates and times of more events to come. We love our county and want to share its wealth of history.

Hummingbirds, Olive Sparrows, and Common Pauraques among many other Brush Country specialties. Sought after species like Harris’s Hawk, Groovebilled Ani, Great Kiskadee and Green .LQJÀVKHU UHDFK WKHLU QRUWKHUQ OLPLW in or near Bee County. The Texas Brush Country has the most diverse bird population north of Mexico. It is no surprise that Bee County has


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Grebes and other wetland species, including ducks.

Several locations within the city of Beeville provide close viewing of area specialties. Veteran’s Memorial Park spans a portion of Poesta Creek. This woody little creek is a good spot to locate the Great Kiskadee. Goldenfronted Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds and Green Jays are regulars. You may be UHZDUGHG ZLWK JOLPSVHV RI %XͿEHOOLHG Hummingbirds, a year-round resident. Spectacular Vermilion Flycatchers are known to breed in the park.

Drive the smaller country roads just after dark and you may spot glowing rosy-red eyes along the road edge. These eyes belong to Common Pauraques, nocturnal goatsuckers (yes, they really DUH FDOOHG WKDW  WKDW IHHG E\ Ă XWWHULQJ up from the ground to catch insects.

The 1-1/2 mile paved walking trail adjoining the campus of Coastal Bend College in Beeville is a great place for birders to catch sight of Loggerhead Shrikes, Long-billed Thrashers and sometimes Cactus Wrens. A small pond provides water and attracts Pied-billed

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documented more than 288 species so far.

Take it slow and spend a few days here. The people are friendly and the birding is good, especially during the fall and winter. You are likely to be thrilled with excellent looks at many of our amazing south Texas birds. Pack a jacket. Carry water. Wear sensible shoes. And expect to be delighted! There are so many special species to see! For more information, visit www. experiencebeecounty.org

EXPERIENCE BEE COUNTY Cultural Arts * Shopping Hunting * Birding

www.experiencebeecounty.org

Bee County Chamber of Commerce 361-358-3267


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IF YOUR GOAL IS spectacular birding or you just want to get away from the crowds, the Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Nature Retreat - www.barnhartranchretreat. com - on the Northwestern side RI *ROLDG &RXQW\ RÍżHUV D SHUIHFW combination of housing and nature retreat in a private environment. The ranch is a TPWD Land Steward Award winner, striving to balance ranching with ongoing conservation and enhancement of native habitat with an emphasis on birding.

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Guest housing is comfortable and reasonable with all the amenities of home. You can sit on the front porch in a rocker and enjoy the birds as they surround the houses - more than 183 species have been documented here - or, hike, bike or rent a golf cart and cruise the miles of trails scattered throughout the 706-acre property.

Guests comment on the peace and quiet and how renewing it is. Many couples have spent their anniversaries on the UDQFK ÀQGLQJ LW SURYLGHV WKHP WLPH together without all the interruptions of the world. The ranch has one of the darkest skies in the region, so guests can enjoy stargazing from a platform built on one of the ranch’s highest hills. Children and adults are always invited to participate in a nature hike, cattle roundup, or grooming a Mediterranean miniature donkey or two when they’re ready for a new experience!

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CINNAMON SHORE IS a pedestrianfriendly planned community located RQ 0XVWDQJ ,VODQG MXVW RͿ WKH FRDVW of Corpus Christi and nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes. Designed in the tradition of yesterday’s classic neighborhoods, but with all the amenities including: beautiful beaches; pools and parks; paved sidewalks along palm-lined streets; stocked lakes; ÀVKLQJ SDYLOLRQ DQG ERDUGZDON WRZQ

center is comprised of a restaurant, an entertainment stage and Town Center Residences. Cinnamon Shore will have approximately 300 homes and Town Center Residences, as well as a retail plaza boasting additional restaurants, shops and a spa. Cinnamon Shore also is a vacation rental community.


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North Padre and Mustang Islands

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LOCATED ON THE central Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico, North Padre Island is located within Corpus Christi and is the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, the world’s longest barrier island. Just a 30-minute drive from downtown, Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few nesting grounds in the world for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. Separating North Padre Island from mainland Corpus Christi is the Laguna Madre, one of only six hypersaline lagoons in the world. Within these waters, visitors can experience not RQO\ DZDUGZLQQLQJ ÀVKLQJ HDFK \HDU but also world-class conditions for NLWHERDUGLQJ ZLQGVXUÀQJ ND\DNLQJ and paddleboarding. With miles upon miles of Gulf beaches available to choose from, visitors won’t KDYH DQ\ WURXEOH ÀQGLQJ D VSRW WR have a little beachside fun. Both North Padre Island and Mustang Island ERDVW IDQWDVWLF *XOI EHDFKHV WR ÀW \RXU preference, whether you’re looking for relaxing solitude or playful groups. 2017 will also be a great year to experience the all-new Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi! Opened in 2015, the most recent destination to join the Schlitterbahn IDPLO\ RͿHUV IDPLO\ ZDWHUSDUN IXQ dining and a golf club. S.E.A. District The S.E.A. District (Sport, Entertainment and Arts) is located in downtown Corpus Christi, shouldering the Corpus Christi Bay and Port of Corpus Christi. Comprised of several key attractions, this area is a hub of activity for visitors

and locals with cultural, entertainment, VSRUWVDQGEXVLQHVVRͿHULQJV(OHPHQWV within the district include: The Art Museum of South Texas, Asian Cultures Museum, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Hurricane Alley Waterpark, Whataburger Field, Brewster Street Icehouse, Concrete Street Amphitheater and the American Bank Center. For more information, please visit SEADistrictCC.com. Marina Arts District The District and Greater Downtown Area are anchored by a bayfront, beach and marina, parks and culture, and sports, convention, and hospitality venues. It is the government, corporate DQGR΀FHFHQWHURIWKHUHJLRQ5HVLGHQWV R΀FH ZRUNHUV DQG YLVLWRUV HQMR\ ORFDO restaurants, vibrant night life and music scene, art galleries and museums, and many water activities. Special events and cultural festivals draw thousands annually. Its central location with easy access by highway or local streets and close proximity to the airport make it easy for residents and visitors alike to access. For more information, please visit MarinaArts.com.


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South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Texas State Aquarium Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy daily shows, interactive exhibits and live animal feedings. Be sure to pack swimsuits for the little ones and take a lunch break in the HEB Splash Park (open for Summer). Coming up for

BUTTERFLIES, REPTILES & PARROTS — Oh, My! Corpus Christi’s South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center treats visitors to Flora, Fauna and Fun! One of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities, the 182-acre venue showcases WKHVTXDUHIRRWVFUHHQHG%XWWHUà \ House, new Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory with 22-foot roof peak, Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory, seasonal Plumeria Garden with viewing platform, plus Rose Garden and massive Rose Pavilion. The delightful

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Hummingbird Garden, desert-like Arid Garden, “artscapedâ€? Sensory Garden, new Tropical Garden, and educational EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens URXQGRXW\RXUĂ RUDOH[SHULHQFH 0HHW RXU 5HVLGHQW 5HSWLOHV DQG ([RWLF 3DUURWV7KHQH[SORUHWKHVKDGHG0DU\ Hope Brennecke Nature Trail with two Kent Ullberg bronze wildlife sculptures, which leads you to the Birding Tower and Palapa Grande on Gator Lake, wetlands boardwalk and newly HQKDQFHG2VR&UHHN/RRS7UDLO%DFNLQ the Visitors Center, shop the remodeled DQG H[SDQGHG 1DWXUH¡V %RXWLTXH IRU D YDULHW\ RI XQLTXH UHDVRQDEO\SULFHG merchandise, while enjoying a snack DQGFROGGULQN /RFDWHG DW  6 6WDSOHV 6W WKH Botanical Gardens & Nature Center RÍżHUV \HDUURXQG HQYLURQPHQWDO

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Pucker up, folks! We can’t promise you’ll get quite as lucky as Nena did on her ďŹ shing trip o the Corpus Christi Gulf Coast, but you’ll certainly get close. Memories are most deďŹ nitely made here in the Texas Coastal Bend, and it’s your turn to experience the fun. Whether you spend the day tubing at Schlitterbahn, giggin for ounder under the stars, or exploring the Texas State Aquarium’s stunning (and massive!) new Caribbean exhibit, it’s high time for drive time to Corpus Christi, where salty breezes and sunny beaches await. Plan your trip online and don’t forget your tackle box and a camera, because memories are made here.

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Corpus Christi is home to many wonderful retailers. Make La Palmera Mall your shopping destination for “ordinary turned extraordinary.� For a unique experience, browse the shops at Lamar Park, The Village, Water Street Market, Antique Row or Bleu Frog Mercantile. Natural Assets If you’re looking for a trail to jog, hike, bike or paddle on, Corpus Christi has you covered. From urban landscapes to stunning natural habitat, the numerous nature trails found within Corpus Christi contain adventures waiting to happen. Lace up your tennies, hop on a bike, or

slip into a kayak today to experience VRPHRIQDWXUH¡VĂ€QHVWZRUN It’s For the Birds! Perfectly positioned at the cross roads RI WZR PDMRU Ă \ZD\V &RUSXV &KULVWL is “America’s Birdiest Cityâ€? for the last decade. Hundreds of bird species stop to rest during Spring and Fall migrations. Blucher Park, known worldwide, is a four-acre pocket park attracting bird watchers year round in VHDUFK RI Ă \FDWFKHUV WKUXVKHV YLUHRV warblers, chimney swifts and dozens more species. The Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge is often crowded with VKRUHELUGV ZDWHUIRZO DQG EXWWHUĂ LHV Land birds and raptors occur in surprising numbers, as well. Corpus Christi is home to the largest and most diverse raptor migration platform

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in the U.S., averaging over 730,000 hawks and falcons each year. Hazel Bazemore County Park is famous for its internationally-known hawk migration each Fall, ‘Celebration of Flight’, peaking in late September and early October. USS Lexington If the sheer size of the aircraft carrier USS LEXINGTON doesn’t drop your MDZWKHDGYHQWXUHLQVLGHGHĂ€QLWHO\ZLOO She’s a National Historic Landmark and one of the top attractions in Texas. And at 910 feet, 33,000 tons and 16 decks, she’s colossal and a mammoth experience. Speaking of Giant, the threestory tall 3D MEGA Theater makes jets roar louder, helicopters loom larger and Ă \LQJHQRUPRXVO\UHDOLVWLF Even the Scale Model Gallery is National landmark

huge, with more than 370 handmade miniature replicas on display. The Virtual Battle Stations are an interactive experience that puts you behind the controls. The Flight Simulator launches you into real combat; and around every corner, up every ladder and down every passageway, a story unfolds. It’s a complete interactive experience for the entire family. LEX is open daily at 9 a.m. (closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Days) with all areas except à LJKWDQGKDQJDUGHFNVDLUFRQGLWLRQHG $ERDUG VKLS \RX¡OO ÀQG WKH 0HVV 'HFN and Ship’s Store. Available for private functions as well as overnight youth camp-outs. www.usslexington.com. For more information, please visit VisitCorpusChristiTX.org. Photos via CCCVB. Open Daily On NORTH BEACH 1- 800 - LA DY- LEX USSLEXINGTON.COM

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CUERO’S STORY BEGINS when it was founded in 1873, an unruly place until the arrival of Indianola residents following the devastating hurricanes of 1875 and 1886. Many Indianola homes and businesses were disassembled and moved inland to Cuero, which became a bustling city by the turn of the century. Much of the beautiful architecture from that era still remains. More than 50 buildings and homes, most notably the DeWitt County Courthouse, are registered on the state and national registers of historic places. Driving tours of historic structures and unique murals sprinkled throughout local businesses are available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center.

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generosity and farsightedness of its founder, George Washington West. After building a courthouse, school and a hotel, he sold thousands of acres to farmers, ranchers and businessmen. Many of these original settlers’ families still live here. George Washington West (at left with wife, Kittie) gave land for WKHWRZQRI*HRUJH:HVWDQGÀOHGDSODW for the town on September 22, 1914. Begin your visit to George West with a stop at the historic Buck West House, home to our Chamber of Commerce R΀FH DQG LQIRUPDWLRQ FHQWHU )URP there, visit the Grace Armantrout Museum, which houses memorabilia from the past.

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Downtown Walking Tour Missions Tour de Goliad Bike Ride Visitors are invited to take the Downtown Walking Tour, which features, among others, the sites below: Fannin Plaza Park, Goliad County Courthouse, Hanging Tree (Cart War Oak), Masonic Temple, Baptist Oak Tree, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Plan to visit anytime during the year as almost all sites are open. If time is limited, attend the following: Goliad Market Days 2nd Saturday Every Month • 361-6453563. Market Days combines arts, crafts, food and fun into one of the largest and most popular street markets in Texas! Come out, rain or shine.

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PRCA Rodeo and Goliad County Fair 3rd weekend in March • 361-645-8204. Enjoy a parade, PRCA rodeos, carnival, food, dances and so much more!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horned Lizard Capital of Texasâ&#x20AC;? as proclaimed in 2000 by the Texas Legislature, is another claim to fame for Kenedy.

1854, the buildings and museum house artifacts of several generations, which SUHVHUYHWKHKHULWDJHDQGFXOWXUH www. pannamariatexas.com.

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$OVRRQ.OHEHUJ$YHQXHWKH7UDLQ Depot Museum displays artifacts of 6RXWK 7H[DV UDLOURDGLQJDQ LPSRUWDQW facet of the history and heritage of the area. There are a variety of restaurants in .LQJVYLOOH 'LQHUV ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG PHVTXLWH EDUEHFXHVWHDNVHDIRRG-DOLVFR0H[LFDQ food, Middle Eastern, Italian and much more. Form its beginnings as a teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; college, 7H[DV $ 0 8QLYHUVLW\.LQJVYLOOH has grown into a major academic and athletic center, with programs including engineering, wildlife research, and ranch management (tamuk.edu) The John E. Conner Museum on campus celebrates the natural history of the


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Visitors will hear, then see, orange-andZKLWHMHWVĂ RZQE\SLORWVEHLQJWUDLQHG here. Kingsville loves jet noise and is also the proud home of Naval Air Station-Kingsville. (cnic.navy.mil)

husbandry by producing the Santa *HUWUXGLV EUHHG WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW $PHULFDQ breed of beef cattle recognized by the 86'$LQDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWQHZEUHHGWREH recognized in the world in more than a century. In 1994, the Ranch introduced the King Ranch Santa Cruz, a composite breed that was developed to meet the modern consumersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beef expectations. King Ranch also has a legacy with both Thoroughbred and Quarter horses. By acquiring and breeding superior foundation stallions, the King Ranch Quarter Horse program produced Wimpy, which was awarded the number one registration in the American Quarter Horse Association Stud Book and Registry, as well as Mr. San Peppy and Peppy San Badger, two of the alltime leading money making sires in the National Cutting Horse Association.

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FOUNDED IN 1853 as the Santa Gertrudis Ranch by Captain Richard .LQJ   D OHJHQGDU\ Ă&#x20AC;JXUH in the history of the ranching and livestock industry in the United States, King Ranch is recognized as one of the birthplaces of the American ranching industry.

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In addition to its Quarter Horse lineage, the Ranch went on to produce numerous prized Thoroughbreds, including Assault, the 1946 Triple Crown winner (the only Texas horse to win the Triple Crown), and Middleground, the 1950 winner of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Recognizing its place in history, in 1961, the United States Department of the Interior designated the King Ranch land in South Texas, located near Kingsville, as a National Historic Landmark. Today, these properties sprawl across 825,000 acres with terrain that varies from fertile black farmland to lowlying coastal marshes with oak mottes to mesquite pastures that mark the beginning of the Texas brush country. Covering nearly 1,300 square miles on

four separate divisions of land known as Santa Gertrudis, Laureles, Norias, and Encino, it is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. These four Divisions are located in six counties: Brooks, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, and Willacy. .LQJ 5DQFK KDV GLYHUVLÀHG DQG JURZQ into a major agribusiness corporation, with interests in cattle ranching and feedlot operations, farming (cotton, milo, sugar cane, and turfgrass), citrus groves, commodity marketing and processing, and recreational hunting in Texas and Florida. Its retail operations include luggage, leather goods, home furnishings, farm equipment, commercial printing and ecotourism.


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PALACIOS IS THE ideal place to leave the urban crowds behind and enjoy some small town southern hospitality. Experience the quiet beauty of water and sky on Matagorda Bay. Enjoy a picnic in one of the bayfront parks, complete with BBQ pits, covered tables and familyfriendly playgrounds.

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Stop by the museum to learn about LaSalle and the French explorers who landed here in the 17th century, then head over to the marina to see a beautifully restored replica of their sunken ship. Discover 20 local historical sites on a self-guided tour. The Palacios area is home to more bird species than anywhere else in the United States, with seven local birding sites along the Tres Palacios Loop of the Texas Coastal Birding Trail where you can explore pristine wetlands and capture amazing wildlife photos. )LVKRÍżRQHRIWKHIUHHSXEOLFSLHUVJUDE VRPH IULHQGV IRU D FKDUWHUHG Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ adventure or take a kayak out for a lazy afternoon on the water. In the evening, try out one of the local dinner spots, watch the shrimp boats sail into port and enjoy a perfect sunset in this charming city by the sea.


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Points of Interest â&#x20AC;˘ Great Texas Birding Trail sites â&#x20AC;˘ Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond â&#x20AC;&#x201C; This freshwater pond is a haven for resident and migratory birds. â&#x20AC;˘ Kayak Trails â&#x20AC;˘ Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Novices to experts can discover new species every Wednesday at 9 am, during â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birding on the Boardwalk,â&#x20AC;? a free, guided public tour. â&#x20AC;˘ Lydia Ann Lighthouse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Privately owned and operated, the lighthouse has been in existence since the 1800s. It is the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf Coast with 24-hour caretakers. It is not open to the public, but visitors may view it from the water.

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WELCOME TO PORT Aransas, an island getaway for beach, sun and family fun! Nestled between the dunes of Mustang Island and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Port Aransasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; picturesque shoreline is the perfect place to beachcomb, frolic in the waves, bask beneath the sun, and relax in the gentle gulf breezes. Mustang Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natureUHODWHG VLWHV DERXQG RÍżHULQJ RSWLPXP opportunities for birding, kayaking, Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ VXUĂ&#x20AC;QJ DQG VZLPPLQJ 5HĂ HFWLQJ D XQLTXH ODLGEDFN DWWLWXGH the intimate coastal community of Port Aransas brims with eclectic boutiques, shops, art galleries, cafes, and exceptional restaurants and lodging. Escape to Port Aransas to experience family fun ~ ,VODQG 6W\OH $ÍżHFWLRQDWHO\ UHIHUUHG WR as Port â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;extended familyâ&#x20AC;? applies to this island community, as locals eagerly anticipate the return of visitors throughout the year.


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â&#x20AC;˘ Mustang Island State Park â&#x20AC;˘ Port Aransas Nature Preserve â&#x20AC;&#x201C; This 1,217 acre preserve encompasses over 3 miles of hiking and bicycle trails, a SDYLOLRQERDUGZDONVRYHUZHWODQGĂ DWV covered seating areas, and two overlook towers. â&#x20AC;˘ Port Aransas Wetlands Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The ZHWODQG OLHV RQ D QDWXUDO WLGDO Ă DW and attracts a number of resident and migratory birds. â&#x20AC;˘ South Jetty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Granite jetties form the pathway to the Gulf of Mexico. â&#x20AC;˘ Spoil islands in the bays and ZDWHUZD\VVXUURXQGLQJWKHLVODQGRÍżHU fantastic birding and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Numerous unique shops, galleries and boutiques appeal to the casual browser and shopaholic. Island treasures for home dĂŠcor, fashion statements, and gifts from the heart bring lasting memories of Port Aransas. Birding Located in the heart of the Central Flyway, Port Aransas and Mustang Island are a birderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise. Hundreds of species of resident birds and thousands of migrants can be found KHUH:LWKĂ&#x20AC;YHVLWHVRQWKH*UHDW7H[DV Birding Trail, Mustang Island is the optimal spot for bird watching. Tee Time

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decorators. The Port Aransas Art Center is a local hub for artists and is host to numerous year-round events. Local talent will entertain the entire family at the Port Aransas Community Theatre. Sunset Sounds concerts are held the second Friday of each month, April thru October, and feature area musicians. The Port Aransas Museum features exhibits that showcase early island living to the present day. The Farley Boat Works showcases the history of ERDWEXLOGLQJLQ3RUW$UDQVDVDQGRͿHUV a working boat shop where visitors can watch or participate in building a boat. Events Whooping Crane Festival - February 2326, 2017 (always the last full weekend in Feb.). This annual event fosters awareness of the endangered Whooping Cranes that winter at the Aransas

National Wildlife Refuge. Festival events include world-renowned speakers, guided boat trips, workshops, bus tours, and a nature-related trade show. www. whoopingcranefestival.org. Texas SandFest – April 21-23, 2017. Beautiful works of sand art are created during one of the largest sand sculpting events in the United States. Sandcastle OHVVRQVDUHRͿHUHG$JUHDWIDPLO\HYHQW www.texassandfest.org. Deep Sea Roundup – July 6-9, 2017. Celebrating its 82nd year, this event is WKHROGHVWVDOWZDWHUÀVKLQJWRXUQDPHQW on the Texas Gulf Coast. www. deepsearoundup.com. Harvest Moon Regatta – October 5-8, 2017. The largest point-to-point sailing regatta in U.S. coastal waters. Sailors travel 150 nautical miles from Galveston Island to Port Aransas during this annual event. www.harvestmoonregatta.com.


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LOCATED ACROSS THE bridge from &RUSXV&KULVWL3RUWODQGRÍżHUVWKHEHVW of the Texas Coastal Bend area making it the perfect base for all your coastal adventures. The city overlooks both the Corpus Christi Bay and the Nueces %D\ SRSXODU SODFHV IRU Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ VDLOLQJ VZLPPLQJ DQG NLWH VXUĂ&#x20AC;QJ $QG LWV proximity to everything in the area, from the Texas State Aquarium to the beaches of Port Aransas and Rockport, coupled with family-friendly hotels in one of the safest cities on the Texas coast, makes Portland a natural choice for a family shoreline stay. The city is home to Sunset Lake Park, a 333-acre ecologically rich wetland that extends into Corpus Christi Bay, providing a nesting ground for migratory birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;drawing both local and visiting birding enthusiasts. Nearby Indian Point Pier, a favorite recreation spot for locals,

is a top choice of area anglers. And a hike and bike trail traversing the perimeter of the park gives visitors a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye YLHZ RI WKH ED\$ IDYRULWH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ VSRW for more than a century, Indian Point got its name from the Indians who once camped on the sandy shore to do their Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ 3LRQHHUV XVHG ,QGLDQ 3RLQW DV a means of marking the beginning of the reef road that once snaked its way across Nueces Bay. At one time, wagons


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Many Indigenous tribes roamed the land of South Texas before the area was settled by Spanish and Mexican rancheros, followed by Irish Empresarios, famously, James Power from Ballygarrett, Ireland. On May 19, 1996 the Town of Ballygarrett dedicated a memorial acknowledging the connection between the two cities. Ballygarrett and Refugio R΀FLDOO\WZLQQHGIRUFXOWXUDOHFRQRPLF and tourism purposes. One major historic feature Refugio &RXQW\ KDV WR RͿHU LV WKH PLVVLRQ WKDW used to stand on the south end of town The Nuestra Señora Del RefugioMission.

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REFUGIO COUNTY HOLDS a very culturally diverse rich history that many are unaware of.

unique monoliths which, when viewed together display the words—E Pluribus Unum—which translates to “Out of Many, One.” The memorial is situated in a contemplative garden with a quiet water feature, creating a unique space for remembrance and contemplation.

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Refugio as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most beautiful missions, even in ruin.â&#x20AC;? Plans to build a replica of the mission DUH LQ ZRUNV E\ D 1RQSURĂ&#x20AC;W *URXS called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los Amigos de Nuestra SeĂąora Del Refugio,â&#x20AC;? which translates to The Friends of Our Lady of Refuge. The goal of Los Amigos is to build, promote and maintain a full size replica of Nuestra SeĂąora Del Refugio, also to educate and tell the story of life in early South Texas.

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Texas history; Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! The aspiration is to remind everyone: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Forget Refugio!

Refugio County Museum, the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum and other retail locations across the region. Call 361-701-0555 for a location near you.


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Welcome to Robstown, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biggest Little Town in Texas!â&#x20AC;? Founded in 1907, Robstown is literally at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;crossroads of opportunityâ&#x20AC;? since it is at the center of a strategically located transportation infrastructure that includes access to rail, highway and a water shipping port to move products internationally. The 1RUWK6RXWK 8QLRQ 3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F 5DLOURDG crosses the Kansas City Southern Railroad. This makes possible the transportation of products to and from Canada to Mexico and other parts of the world via the Port of Corpus Christi. The more rapidly developing NorthSouth I-69 facilitates the ground transportation of products from the tip of South Texas to the northeastern Michigan border with Canada. It crosses the East-West State Hwy. 44 in Robstown that connects Laredo, Texas to Corpus Christi and other key highway, rail and port facilities. It is conveniently located nine miles from the Corpus Christi International Airport and 15 miles from Downtown Corpus Christi and its beautiful Gulf of Mexico Coastal beaches. All terminals at the Port of Corpus Christi can be reached in less than 20 minutes. Robstown is also fortunate in being surrounded by several accredited and well known educational institutions WKDW RÍżHU DVVRFLDWH XQGHUJUDGXDWH DQG graduate degrees. To its south just 20 minutes away is Texas A&M UniversityKingsville and to the east just about the same time is Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi and one of the best community colleges in the country, Del Mar College as well as other YRFDWLRQDOWUDLQLQJSURJUDPVRÍżHUHGLQ collaboration with the areas petroleum industry. All these institutions combined RÍżHU DQ DUUD\ RI DVVRFLDWH EDFKHORU

masters and doctorate degrees in a variety of disciplines such as liberal arts, engineering, health sciences, pharmacy, education, business, health professions, music, theatre and the sciences. Within a few minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive are a variety of amenities such as the famous King Ranch, Lake Corpus Christi, the Texas State Aquarium, the Nueces County Keach Library, North and South Padre ,VODQG6HDVKRUHVVHYHUDOĂ&#x20AC;UVWFODVVDUWDQG history museums, night entertainment and an abundance of restaurants to suit your menu preferences. To obtain Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDQG NQRZOHGJH RI WKH DUHDV¡ cultural and historical heritage visit the Robstown Area Historical Museum and several historical markers in the town. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authentic Mexican food you are looking for, you need go no further than the various Mexican food restaurants â&#x20AC;&#x153;taqueriasâ&#x20AC;? in town. The highlight of events in town primarily center on the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Richard M Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in a state of the art facility. Hardly a day goes by that some event is not taking place at the facility which RÍżHUV ERWK LQGRRU DQG RXWGRRU HYHQWV To name a few, concerts, banquets, weddings, regional training meetings, carnivals, gun shows, antique car shows, arts and crafts sales, livestock shows, music festivals, rodeos, community IHVWLYDOV DQG FRRNRÍżV  7KH \HDU  promises to be an even greater attraction with the opening of the new Corpus Christi Bay Outlet Mall located adjacent WRWKH50%)DLUJURXQGV,WVĂ&#x20AC;UVWSKDVH is expected to open with over 65 new businesses of well-known name brands and a variety of commodities that are favored by its shoppers. Call the Robstown Area Development Commission at 361-387-3933 or visit us at www.robstownadc.com


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SURROUNDED BY THE sparkling waters of Copano and Aransas Bays and bathed year-round by soothing Gulf breezes, nestled among ancient windswept oaks and steeped in a colorful community of cultures, recently selected as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smallest Cool Towns in Americaâ&#x20AC;? and Best Places to Visit in Texas, Rockport-Fulton is in a class of its own... 5RFNSRUW DQG )XOWRQ RÍżHU VRPH RI WKH EHVW Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ RQ WKH FRDVW ELUGLQJ opportunities, art galleries, shopping and enjoying the beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Waveâ&#x20AC;? beach. Vacation time is a year-round DÍżDLU Artists Galore Named a Cultural Arts Community in 2016! The towns of Rockport and Fulton RÍżHUDVSHFLDOFKDUPWKHNLQGRIFKDUP that has led many prominent artists to make this area their home. Named one of the top 10 Coastal Artist Communities in the U.S., the area boasts one of the best collections of art galleries anywhere. Birding 2YHU  GLÍżHUHQW ELUG VSHFLHV FDQ EH spotted in the marshes and along the sandy beach throughout the year. The Whooping Crane is an endangered

species and the nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which was named the #5 Birding Spot in the USA, is their winter home. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the HummerBird Celebration held the third weekend in September. Points of Interest â&#x20AC;˘ Rockport Center for the Arts - Sculpture garden and exhibits in three galleries. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. â&#x20AC;˘ Texas Maritime Museum - The

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rockport-fulton The newest attraction to Aransas County, “Aransas Pathways,” is a venue project adding new visitor attractions to the area. The four major areas are: Hike/ Bike, History, Birding, and Kayaking. Sites now open include: Linda S. Castro Birding and Nature Site, History Center for Aransas County, Airport Road Kayak Site, and many more. Pathways Center Pavilion and Bridge, is the central information center for the project, a place to relax while studying maps, photos and information on existing and future sites. Pathways Center is adjacent to the City Hike and Bike trail and has its own birding and nature site. Call the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for information at 800242-0071. Visit www. rockport-fulton.org; email tourism@1rockport.org or download our RockportFulton mobi-app on Android or iPhone.

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THE KENEDY RANCH Museum of South Texas opened its doors on October 25, 2003. The museum is located at 200 E. La Parra Ave. in Sarita, Texas, county seat of Kenedy County. It is about 20 PLOHVVRXWKRI.LQJVYLOOHRͿRI+LJKZD\ 77. The museum is housed in the former Kenedy Pasture Company building ZKLFKZDVEXLOWLQDQGLVDSURJUDP of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation of Corpus Christi. In a separate building, the Carriage +RXVH ZKLFK LV WKH PXVHXP·V PHGLD center, a short documentary on the lives of the Kenedeños, the vaqueros and their IDPLOLHVRIWKH.HQHG\5DQFKLVVKRZQ LQDQLFHWKHDWHUVHWWLQJZLWKVRPHYHU\ comfortable rocking chairs to sit in.

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Choke Canyon Reservoir is the destination in Texas for numerous Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ WRXUQDPHQWV DQG DWWUDFWV thousands of people monthly who enjoy WKH DEXQGDQFH RI Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ RSSRUWXQLWLHV available. If you are a hunter, the area is home to deer, quail, dove, turkey, javelina and wild hogs. Three Rivers is what small town America is all about - pride in our schools,

Yorktown is located conveniently close to San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Corpus Christi. Yorktown, Texas is nationally recognized for the annual Western Days Texas Music Festival.

Unique businesses, numerous motels and food establishments and a wide variety of professional services are available. Three Rivers hosts the best Salsa Festival in Texas. It is held annually during Fourth of July weekend; with free admission, two music stages, unique vendors, salsa contests and so much more. To learn more and see current activities, visit www.threeriverstx.org.

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churches and diversity of citizens. The town square is the gathering point for town government, and weekly events.

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EXPLORE VICTORIA - Founded in 1824 by Spanish Empresario Don Martin de Leon, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in Texas. With its rich history, beautiful architecture, outdoor adventures and unique festivals, Victoria is the perfect spot for making memories in the Texas Coastal Bend.

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+XYDU¡V $UWLVDQ 0DUNHW RÍżHUV IUHVK unique food in downtown Victoria. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Pizza Night on Friday and Saturdays! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best in town.

Take the Old Victoria Driving Tour, featuring more than 80 historic homes and buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes the 1892 Courthouse. Take a peek inside some of the homes at Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Historic Homes Tour held April 1-2, 2017.

Open for lunch and dinner, The Pump House Riverside Restaurant & Bar is located on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Dine on the patio and enjoy live music, or bring the kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love the fried mac & cheese. The Sunday brunch is a must do! The atmosphere is as good as the food.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich multicultural heritage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Texas History Began,â&#x20AC;? tells the story of early Coastal Bend pre-history and European colonization. Includes an expanded La Salle Odyssey exhibit. Learn to throw an ancient spear with an atlatl.

Fossatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen is the oldest deli in Texas and a part of the Old Victoria Driving Tour. Family owned for generations, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta catch this one for lunch, Monday through Friday only.

The Nave Museum - This art museum houses the collection of Royston Nave and features 5 or 6 rotating exhibits throughout the year. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss their gift shop! Lots of fun, artsy items and handmade jewelry. Riverside Park spans 562 acres, and includes a rose garden, duck pond, and Riverside Golf Course. Go birding or take a stroll on the Athey Nature Trail. Float down the Guadalupe River with kayak, paddle board, and tube rentals from Gerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kayaks. While in the park, check out the animals at The Texas Zoo.

Have dinner and drinks along with 12-story views of Victoria at The Sendera! Their impressive tequila bar features PRUHWKDQGLÍżHUHQWYDULHWLHV The Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail features eight BBQ joints in and just outside of Victoria. Pick up a brochure and learn all about them or visit CoastalTexasBBQTrail.com. Where to Stay Victoria has a variety of overnight accommodations for your weekend getaway - from new hotels to historic bed & breakfasts and guest houses. Plan your visit at ExploreVictoriaTexas.com.


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Deep Sea Headquarters

Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron

919 N. Fulton Beach Rd.

Sandollar Resort

1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.,

440 W. Cotter Ave., Port

3201 FM 3512 Hangar H11,

Drop 98, Rockport, TX,

Corpus Christi, TX, 78401,

Aransas, TX, 78373,

Aransas Pass, TX, 78336,

78382, 361-729-2381

361-825-3500

361-749-5997

361-813-6551

Sandollar-resort.com

www.thirdcoastcaf.org

Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Retreat

Emerge Destination Marketing Concepts

Seabreeze RV Park

P.O. Box 626, Berclair,

5801 Aava Dr., Corpus

Northshore Country Club

TX, 78107,

Christi, TX, 78414,

801 E. Broadway Ave.,

361-375-2824

281-799-7226

Portland, TX, 78374;

barnhartranchretreat.

emergemarkingconcepts.

361-643-1546.

com

com

www.northshoretx.com

Bee County Historical Society

Fennessey Ranch P O Box 99, Bayside, TX,

Padre Island National Seashore

6014 HWY 59W, Beeville,

78340, 361-529-6600,

20420 Park Road 22,

TX, 78102, 361-343-3119

fennesseyranch.com

Corpus Christi, TX, 78418, 361-949-8068

Brackenridge Recreation Complex

GBRA-Coleto Creek P.O. Box 68, Fannin, TX,

P.O. Box 429, Edna, TX,

77960, 361-575-6366

77957, 361-782-5456

coletocreekpark.com

brackenridgepark.com

Gatsy Bay Cruises CCMS, Inc.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruises

1026 Seabreeze Lane,

643-0744

Portland, TX, 78374, 361-

So Tx Botanical Gardens & Nature Center 8545 So. Staples, Corpus Christi, TX, 78413, 361-8522100, www.stxbot.org

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6300 Ocean Drive, NRC 2200, Corpus Christi, TX,

440 W. Cotter Ave., Port

78412, 361-825-5966

Aransas, TX, 78373,

outreach.tamucc.edu

361-749-2469

14130 West Cabana #201,

Refugio Co. Museum

Texas State Aquarium

200 S. Alister, Suite C.

Corpus Christi, TX, 78418,

Port Aransas, TX, 78373,

940-704-1005

102 W. West Street

2710 N. Shoreline, Corpus

361-749-4141

gatsbybaycruises.com

Refugio, TX, 78377

Christi, TX, 78402;

361-526-5555,

361-881-1225

refugiocountytx.org

texasstateaquarium.org

Cinnamon Shore 5009 Highway 361, Port

Kenedy Ranch Museum

Aransas, TX, 78373, 361-

P. O. Box 7, Sarita, TX,

749-0422

78385, 361-294-5751

cinnamonshore.com

kenedymuseum.org

Coastal Bend COG

King Ranch Visitor Center

Refugio Travel Center

Texas Tropical Trail P.O. Box 1538, Freer,

720 Victoria Highway,

TX., 78357; 361-547-8033,

Refugio, TX, 7878377

texastropicaltrail.com

Christi, TX, 78469,

P.O. Box 1090, Kingsville,

Rockport Birding & Kayaking Adventures

P. O. Box 3027, Corpus

361-883-5743, cbcog98.org

TX, 78364; 361-592-8055

P.O. Box 65, Fulton, TX,

Christi, TX 78463

www.king-ranch.com

78382, 361-463-5003

361-883-6277

P O. Box 9909, Corpus

Daisy Charters & Shuttles 602 North Tancahua

Los Amigos de Nuestra Senora Del Refugio

Rockport Net 6424 Hickory Forrest Dr.

TexMaps

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

Seguin, TX, 78155,

P.O. Box 23076, Corpus

78401, 361-883-8876

P.O. Box 129, Refugio, TX,

361-727-1753,

Christi, TX. 78403, 361-

www.daisycharters.com

78377, 361-543-9124

www.rockportnet.com

888-4873; usslexington.com

Street, Corpus Christi, TX

business members

Art Museum of South Texas


annual events

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Pass:

Chamber

Palacios: Winter Texan Chili Dinner at KC Hall, Jan. 12; Deutschburg Seafood Dinner/ Supper Fundraiser, Jan. 28; Wild Game & Wine Camofest (Bay City), Jan. 28

Parade, Feb. 18; 6th Annual Winter Gala St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, Feb. 18. Port Aransas: Whooping Crane Festival, Feb. 23-26, www. whoopingcranefestival.org Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com March 2017

Port Aransas: Port â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dine Around, Jan. 26

Beeville: Annual Bee County Living History Celebration. www.facebook.com/ BeeCounty HistoricalSociety

Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com;

Fennessey Ranch: Wild Boar Hunts, call 261-529-6600 for reservations.

Robstown: 82nd Annual Jr. Livestock Show, Jan. 14

George West: Live Oak County Fair

Rockport-Fulton: Jan. 5-8 Gospel Musical Festival at Martha Luigi Auditoriam. Call 361-205-2789; Fulton Market Days Debut Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fulton Festival Grounds. Call 361-463-0125; www.tom@ texasnowmag.com

Goliad: PRCA Rodeo and Goliad County Fair, 3rd weekend in March, call 361645-8204; Kenedy

February 2017

Rockport-Fulton: Fulton Oysterfest, March 2-5, Fulton Harbor Navigation Park, call 361-463-9955, visit www. fultonoysterfest.org; Whooping Crane Strut, March 11, Tule Hike & Bike Trail, two-mile walk, 5K and 10K run, call 361727-2158

Rockport-Fulton: Bountiful Bowl, Feb. 4; Rockport-Fulton High School; FMI call 361-7295353.â&#x20AC;˘ Clay Expo, Feb. 4-5; Rockport Center for the Arts.â&#x20AC;˘ LaMardi Gras festivalon the Lamar Peninsula, Feb. 10-11; www.lamarvfd.com

Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com

April 2017 Fennessey Ranch: Whooping Crane Festival Board Tours, Make reservations at 1-800-45-COAST; Wild Boar Hunts, call 261-529-6600 for reservations. Palacios: Harmonie Club Valentine Parade & Dance, Feb. 11; Chamber Banquet, Feb. 16; African American Heritage Day, Feb. 18; Bird

Aransas Pass: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Style Show, Miss Shrimporee Pageant, Rock the Dock Inwater Boat Show Fennessey Ranch: Spring Migration Bird Tours. Call 361529-6600; Wild Boar Hunt, call 261-529-6600 for reservations. Goliad:

Presidio

La

Bahiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Living History Program Reenactment, 1st weekend in April, call 361-6453752. Kenedy: Miss Bluebonnet Days Pageant, April 29 Palacios: Colorful 5K by the Bay, April 1; Patchwork of Life Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference, April 29; Palacios Rotary Golf Tournament, April 8; Chamber Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, April 18; Trail Riders Annual Trail Ride, April 22-23; Denim & Diamonds-Beneath the Oaks, April 27 Port Aransas: Texas Sand Fest, Mustang Island, April 22-23, www.texassandfest.org Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com; Portland Windfest, www. windfest.org Rockport-Fulton: Tour of Homes/Boats, Apirl 8-9; call Rockport Center for the Arts at 361-729-5519 Corpus Christi: BIG BLOOM Mega Plant Sale & Garden Festival; Dollar Day; So. Tx. Botanic Gardens & Nature Center, April 1; April 20-23 Birdiest Festival in N. America, So. Tx. Botanical Gardens; stx. bot.org May 2017 Alice: Tejano ROOTS Cinco de 0D\RFHOHEUDWLRQÂżUVWZHHNHQG of May Fennessey Ranch: Wild Boar Hunts, call 261-529-6600 for reservations. Goliad: Cinco de Mayo, 1st weekend in May, call 361-5645727. Kenedy:

Bluebonnet

Days,

May 5&6 Palacios: Palacios Historical Association Chicken Dinner, May 28 Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com; Rockport-Fulton: Nautical Flea Market, May 6-7, hosted by Rockport Yacht Club, call 361-729-3115; Babes on Bay, 18th annual, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s angler tournament, www.babesonthebay.com; May 19-20; 21st Annual Festival of Wines, Texas Maritime Museum, www. texasmaritimemuseum.org, 0D\  &UDZÂżVK %RLO Coastal Bend Troop Support at VFW June 2017 Aransas Pass: Great Outhouse Race, Shrimporee Parade, Shrimporee Festival Coleto Creek: Annual Kids Fishing Tournament, 1st Saturday in June, www. coletocreekpark.com Goliad: 1st Saturday in June, Annual Summer Flotilla, www. canoetrailgoliad.com Palacios: Palacios Community Hub Pirate Festival, June 23-24 Portland: Portland Opry, 2nd Thursday, Portland Community Center, www.portlandtx.com Rockport-Fulton: June 2-3 LAC Attack â&#x20AC;&#x153;CPRâ&#x20AC;? Kayak Fishing Tournament; FMI 361-729-6445; June 16-17 Texas Game Warden Assoc. DQQXDO ÂżVKLQJ WRXUQDPHQW www.twgajustgofishin.com; June 17-18, 2nd TSA Youth Sailing Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rockport, www. rockportyachtclub.org


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Come visit our quaint downtown, filled with unique gift shops, clothing stores and more!

For more information on the City of Alice, contact the Alice Chamber of Commerce/Alice Convention Visitors Bureau at (361) 664-3454 or online at www.alicetxchamber.org


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