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Promoting Business, Tourism, and Agriculture Historical Sites—Shopping—Golfing—Hunting—Antiques Parks—Restaurants—RV Parks—Motels/Hotels—Airport P.O. Box 570 205 S. 2nd. St. Kenedy, Texas 78119

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Pages 5-30 Communities The Coastal Bend features a variety of tourism possibilities - from well-groomed golf courses to beautiful beaches to fishing to bird watching and more. The Coastal Bend offers an abundance of tourism opportunities. Stop for a day, spend the night or stay a spell.

©2020 Texas Coastal Bend Tourism Council 361-241-7323,

Page 23 Map Don’t miss a stop on your vacation; take note of our member communities and more in the Coastal Bend

Pages 30-31 Members

Visit our TEXAS COASTAL BEND REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL Members while you are visiting the Coastal Bend.

TCBRTC Executive Council TCBRTC Executive Council – Anne Neese, Executive Director; Tracy Florence, President; Nancy Brittain, Vice President; Sherry Esse, Secretary. Not pictured is Sandy Jumper, Past President.

TCBRTC Honorees 2019 Award Recipients – Nancy Brittain (Explore Victoria), 2019 Kay Wolf/Rob Early Award; Tom Langschied (King Ranch), 2019 Barbara Sheppard Award.

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

On the cover: View from the lighted pier at Sandollar Resort, Fulton, Texas. Photo submitted by Sandollar Resort. Top photo: Spend some time fishing in Rockport-Fulton. R-F C of C.

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Great golfing, birding

Alice was established in 1888 and named after Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, the daughter of Captain Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Historically, the community is associated with cattle and ranching, the vaquero and the American cowboy. With the start of the railway, Alice was noted as the world’s largest cattle shipping point from 1888 to 1895. Alice is also known as the “Hub City” because of its central location. Today it serves as a hub for the oil and gas industry, tourism, agriculture and distribution center for South Texas. Alice and its surrounding area has an abundance of wildlife, hunting, fishing and birding activities for residents and visitors. South Texas offers wild game available for hunt with leases available through Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as private leases. Ecotourism brings birders from throughout America to the growing popularity of this activity. More than 500 different species of birds have been spotted in and around the Hub City according to King Ranch Experts. Our local reservoir, Lake Findley, is stocked with fresh water fish and offers a scenic area for fishing with catches of catfish, crappie, bass, carp and hybrids. Lake Findley is open from sunup to sunset. Birders find Lake Findley as the hub for

birdwatching as well. Golfers have two courses to choose from in the Hub City. The two courses with a total of 27 holes are home for golfing enthusiasts. Lined with mesquite trees, the Alice Municipal Golf Course is the larger of the two courses with 18 holes which feature everything from long fairways to water hazards with a total of 5,911 yards of fairways and greens. The Alice Country Club is located off Highway 44 east of Alice. The nine-hole course is rated among the best in Texas with special rates available for Winter Texans. Alice offers a municipal, seasonal water park that caters to all ages with an outdoor lazy river along with various slides and wading area. Alice boasts many cultural events, festivals, celebrations and special events that take place throughout the year. Our calendar begins in January with the Tejano ROOTS Music Hall of Fame Induction ceremony that brings many from throughout the country for their two-day event. Spring kicks off with celebrations of music with the Cinco de Mayo and follows with Summer and Fourth of July Celebration, Twin Cam Jam Bike Rally and multiple cook-offs. Fall opens with the Hispanic Heritage Festival, Street Rods Rod Run and the County Fair. Winter closes with the Lighting of Downtown and the Christmas Illumination Parade. The combination of festivals, 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 Fishing, celebrations

Aransas Pass offers cool breezes and unique, crystal clear waters, beautiful sea grass and the best bay fishing in Texas. Aransas Pass prides itself on on maintaining its charming smalltown atmosphere while hosting many professional fishing guides, kayak facilities, birding areas, parks, and so much more. Aransas Pass is known for its shrimping heritage and its recreational fishing. Each 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 variety of ways. 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 to purchase fresh seafood…right off the 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

Barnhart Q5 Ranch, Nature Retreat

Located on the northwest side of Goliad County, the Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Nature Retreat is perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds and still enjoy nature. 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. Guest housing is comfortable and reasonable

sea. Coastal bay and gulf fishing are among the best in Texas. Take advantage of our bay systems which offer year-round pleasure with a variety of fish including the prolific Redfish. Join a deep-sea charter, hire a guide, or launch your own boat. Crabbing, beachcombing, dolphin and bird watching are quiet pursuits designed to get you outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. Nearly 500 species of birds travel through Aransas Pass. Some of the best bird watching in the U.S. is found in the Aransas Pass Nature Park within the 36-acre Aransas Pass Community Park bordering Redfish Bay. This area is a haven for regional and migrating birds. Marshy and spotted with many fish breeding ponds, the area is abundant in species of waterfowl. One local favorite site is Newberry Park. The 1.2 acre small central city park is landscaped to attract birds. Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce: 361-7582750/1-800-633-3028, www. 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 ranch, finding it provides them time 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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Picturesque, Welcoming

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 likely to make first contact with birds that make you feel you are visiting the tropics. You will encounter Green Jays, Audubon’s Orioles, Long-billed and Curve-billed Thrashers, Buff-bellied 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 Kingfisher reach their northern limit 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 documented more than 288 species so far. 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. Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds and Green Jays are regulars. You may be rewarded with glimpses of Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, a year-round resident. Spectacular Vermilion Flycatchers are known to breed in the park. Check the mesquite trees near the golf course. The 1-1/2 mile paved walking trail adjoining the campus of Coastal Bend College in Beeville is a Continued, Next Page

E x p e ri e n c e B e e C o u n t y Birding • Hunting • Shopping • Spirits • Cultural Arts

Bee County Chamber of Commerce 361.358.3267 @BeevilleChamber

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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 Grebes and other wetland species, including ducks. 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 are called that!), that feed by fluttering up from the ground to catch insects. The pauraque’s song is a loud, whistled “puc, puc, puc, p’weEER” and can sometimes be heard for hours on clear nights in rural areas. If you drive from Beeville toward Refugio along Highway 202, you will see the habitat change. The land is flat and, during certain months, you may see Macartney Rose in bloom. Post oak trees are common in the fields around you. As you approach the county line (Blanco Creek), you will leave the agricultural field and brushy ranches found elsewhere. Things begin to look more like east Texas. Safely park as near to Blanco Creek as possible and wait and listen for the birds. You may find something completely unexpected. Don’t forget to notice the butterflies, too. The cool shady lanes along the creek are good places to see Zebra Longwing butterflies, another stunning tropical species.

Bee County Historical Society The Bee County Historical Society works to discover, procure and preserve the history of Bee County. This includes the Historic McClanahan House, which is open the first Sunday of every month. The house was constructed in 1867 and is the oldest business structure still standing in our county. A photography “show-n-sell” is customarily held in February. Several local photographers show their best photos at the McClanahan House and folks are invited to come see and buy. In March, BCHS kicks off its Annual Bee County Living History Celebration; featuring musical entertainment, story telling, games, demonstrations of all types of historical living, and assorted vendors. For details about events, visit the Bee County Historical Society Facebook page. 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! Bee County Chamber of Commerce: 361-358-3267,

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Corpus Christi

Beaches, fishing, more

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 only award-winning fishing each year, but also worldclass conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding. With miles upon miles of Gulf beaches available to choose from, visitors won’t have any trouble finding a spot to have a little beachside fun. Both North Padre Island and Mustang Island boast fantastic Gulf beaches to fit your preference, whether you’re looking for relaxing solitude or playful groups. 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, sports and business offerings. Elements 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 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 and office center of the region. Residents, office workers and visitors enjoy local restaurants, vibrant night life and music scene, art galleries and museums, and

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many water activities. Special events and cultural festivals draw thousands annually. It’s 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 Texas State Aquarium The idea for the Texas State Aquarium was conceptualized by its founders early on to focus on the species in Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The exhibits would contain representatives of the area’s main marine ecosystems. The Gulf of Mexico opened in 1990 with a commencement from former President Bush speaking to a front lawn packed full of supporting visitors. After years in the making, the Caribbean Journey, part of the original vision, opened its doors in

2017. The Caribbean Journey doubles the size of the aquarium and provides homes to an exciting collection of sea and land creatures. It is here that you can break into the mesmerizing secrets of the underwater and jungle world. For those wishing to spend time in an extraordinary place, a promising unforgettable experience awaits. The Texas State Aquarium is the perfect platform for people and families to learn, bond and discover together. Visit us when you are considering things to do in Corpus Christi, Texas. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center FLORA, FAUNA, FUN! Besides exquisite floral exhibits, Corpus Christi’s South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center also treats visitors to Butterflies, Reptiles and Parrots! One of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities, the 182-acre venue showcases the 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory with 22-foot roof peak, Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory, seasonal Plumeria Garden with viewing platform, plus Rose Garden and Pavilion. The delightful Hummingbird Garden, desert-like Arid Garden, “artscaped” SenContinued, Next Page

Explore the choices of the Coastal Bend. GO Gulfside and enjoy the waves from the Gulf of Mexico, lots of sand, expansive views and tasty seafood. GO Bayside and experience the atmosphere of Corpus Christi Bay with The Texas State Aquarium and The USS Lexington.

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sory Garden, new Tropical Garden, and educational EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens round out your floral experience. Meet our Resident Reptiles and Exotic Parrots! Children need to experience Monkey Mansion Treehouse, swings, slide and grassy hill in Kids Play Area. Then, explore the shaded Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail with two Kent Ullberg bronze wildlife sculptures, which leads to the Birding Tower and Palapa Grande on Gator Lake, wetlands boardwalk and newly enhanced Oso Creek Loop Trail. Back in the Visitors Center, shop the remodeled and expanded Nature’s Boutique for a variety of unique, reasonably-priced merchandise, while enjoying a snack and cold drink. Located at 8545 S. Staples St., the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center offers year-round environmental and horticultural education programs and camps, special events, docent-guided group tours, facilities rentals and memberships including free admission to 325 Reciprocal Gardens and free Saturday classes. It also is headquarters of Corpus Christi’s annual April BIRDIEST FESTIVAL IN AMERICA, in its fourth year. Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Well-behaved, friendly leashed dogs welcome, except at parties. Information, 361.852.2100,

SPECIAL EVENTS: April 4 BIG BLOOM Mega Plant Sale & Garden Festival, $2 Admission April 24-28 Birdiest Festival in America, KEYNOTE SPEAKER David Sibley, Presentations, vendors, demos, optional field trips. October Signature Moonlight Fundraiser. Exact Date TBA It’s For the Birds! Perfectly positioned at the cross roads of two major flyways, Corpus Christi is “America’s Birdiest City” 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 search of flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers, chimney swifts and dozens more species. The Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge is often crowded with shorebirds, waterfowl, and butterflies. Land birds and raptors occur in surprising numbers, as well. Corpus Christi is home to the largest and most diverse raptor migration platform 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 jaw, the adventure inside definitely will! 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 three-story tall 3D MEGA Theater makes jets roar louder, helicopters loom larger and flying enormously realistic. Even the Scale Model Gallery is 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 flight and hangar decks air-conditioned. Aboard ship you’ll find the Mess Deck and Continued, Next Page

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History, Hospitality

Cuero is a place with an interesting HISTORY as it was explored by Spanish, French, and Mexican conquistadors during the late 1600s and 1700s. DeWitt County was established in the 1820s by Green B. DeWitt who led over 400 families to the area from the United States. The City of Cuero, founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1875, began to flourish after hurricanes and fire destroyed the coastal town of Indianola and many of the remaining businesses moved to Cuero to form the heart of DeWitt County. Cuero became a railroad hub as the line was built from the coast to San Antonio during the 1870s. Cattle was an economic driver during this time with the cattle being driven to northern markets along the famous Chisholm Trail! By the turn of the century the population was over 2000 and the major economic driver was the cotton and turkey productions. In the late 1950s cattle became a major product with DeWitt County one of the top cattle producing counties in the State of Texas… and it still is. Today the community has shifted from agribusiness as the economic driver to oil and gas exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale. Today DeWitt County is one of the top 3 producers of oil, gas, and condensate from the EFS. Cuero is a place known for its HERITAGE— Hispanic, German, Black, Asian, and Texan. The town’s name reflects its Hispanic culture as the word ‘Cuero’ is Spanish for cowhide. Germans migrated to Cuero in the 1870s and 1880s from Indianola on the Texas coast, a major entry point into Texas, whose traditions and language became a major influence in the religious, social, and cultural developments of the area. Many of the Black families of the area came to DeWitt County in the 1850s and then, after the Civil War, remained here as Freedmen. During the 1980s the City of Cuero welcomed several Asian families to the area who contribute to Cuero’s business community. Cuero is a place known for its HOSPITALITY due to its yearly celebrations which include March’s Cuero Livestock Show, Spring Wildflower tours hosted by the Cuero Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, City of Cuero’s July 4th Fireworks show, October’s Turkeyfest, and late November through December Christmas in the Park, sponsored by Cuero Development Corporation and its December Events Commit-

tee, and Christmas in Downtown, a celebration sponsored by Cuero Main St. Add to these major events, galas hosted by either the DeWitt Hospital Foundation, Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, or the Cuero ISD Education Foundation. And then one can’t forget Friday night lights at Gobbler Stadium as the fans watch the award winning Cuero Fightin’ Gobblers! It seems that the people in the community are in support mode with a flair! We hope you will enjoy our four museums, our historic Main St. district, our beautiful Victorian homes, and our wonderful parks, golf course, and Cuero Lake. Museums Tell Our Story Cuero is fortunate to have four museums, all sharing a different message. Our museums offer opportunities to explore and learn the history of our city, county, region and the state. Chisholm Trail Museum 302 N. Esplanade The intriguing lore of early cattle drives is what prompted a group of dedicated area citizens to establish a museum preserving the history associated with the great cattle drive era and Texas’ ranching and agricultural history. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum presents the story of the Chisholm Trail through the unique lens of our own local history, and engages visitors of all ages in the rich heritage of DeWitt County and the surrounding area. The Museum is highly honored to host the Tinker Collection on permanent loan from the University of Texas at Austin. The collection celebrates the shared pride in craft and horsemanship among the ranchers and cowboys of the Americas; showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. The collection includes rare and beautiful spurs, stirrups, saddles, lassos and hats. The museum is open for tours Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Private tours may be arranged by appointment. Cuero Heritage Museum 124 E. Church Located in the former 1915 Federal Building where a post office was once located. The arched windows and high ceilings in the foyer are beautiful architectural features of this museum. The museum is dedicated to celebrating the people of Cuero and their heritage. The museum houses both permanent and rotating exhibits that visually tell the history of this quaint town and it’s people over many years. Permanent exhibits include a collection of over 1,900 juice reamers from around the world. Additional exhibits include “100 Years of Football”, Cuero Military Exhibit honoring those who served our Country and the “Turkey Trot” exhibit. The Cuero Turkey Trot was once one of the Continued, Next Page

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most famous celebrations in the United States. People came from many parts of the country to join in the festivities. Cuero was titled “The Turkey Capital of the World.” This exhibit documents its long history, why it ceased to exist, and what came after it. The Museum is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DeWitt County Heritage Museum 312 E. Broadway The Bates Sheppard House, which houses the DeWitt County museum, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.Both the home and a log cabin that was moved to the property have a fascinating history that includes connections and memories with the early settlement days of old Indianola. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful old-fashioned gardens and be led on a guided tour and hear the history of DeWitt County, the house, log cabin and the families that occupied these homes. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 361-275-6322.

The Pharmacy and Medical Museum of Texas 114 E. Main This museum is a dream come true for former pharmacist Mr. Joe Reuss. For years Mr. Reuss had a vision of creating an educational museum focusing on the pharmaceutical and medical fields and also to preserve Cuero’s rich history in these areas. Coming from a multi-generational medical and pharmaceutical family “that never threw anything away,” Mr. Reuss has a vast collection of material that deserved to be preserved and displayed in an appropriate setting. The building, built in 1889, by the Heaton Brothers, was designed to be a pharmacy/drugstore and never housed a different type of business until it became a museum. The interior is amazingly intact with the original 1889 wall cabinets, display counters and the pharmacist’s preparation bench in their original locations. The first floor has been beautifully restored and houses displays of items from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. Walking through the various displays, one quickly realizes that early pharmacy/drugstores sold just about everything, not just medicines and medical equipment. The Museum is staffed with docents who are very knowledgeable and enjoy interacting with visitors. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Market Days, Historic Sites

Goliad has something to offer everyone from shopping and dining to camping and outdoor recreation. Every month on the second Saturday the downtown area is filled with vendors and merchants selling their wares and goods at Market Days. The Goliad State Park and Presidio la Bahia are the caretakers of much of Goliad’s history and the role that Goliad played in Texas and US History. The Goliad State Park hosts Rio! Rio! annually in November along with daily programs and events. Presidio la Bahia hosts the Living History and Reenactment of the “Goliad Massacre” of Col. Fannin and his men along with other events throughout the year. The history that is displayed in our community is something that should be “experienced.” Be sure to visit the other historical sites around the community including, the Market House Museum and the Mission Rosario, the

Fannin Battleground (in the community of Fannin) and the newly opened El Camino Real de los Tejas Welcome Center. Schroeder Hall is the “Second oldest dance hall, check their website for schedules and tickets.We hope to see you soon!

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Goliad Coleto Creek

190-acres, camp sites

The Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir located near Goliad is a popular South Texas getaway and fishing hole. Coleto is well known across the state for its fishing, but it is more than just a great fishing hole! Coleto’s 190-acre park, which provides the only public access to the 3,100 acre reservoir, offers shaded picnic tables with BBQ grills, swimming

Jackson Co. Lake Texana

Jackson County, named after President Andrew Jackson, is made up of several small towns including Edna and Ganado. The County is known for its beautiful oak trees, lush farm land, and lots of fishing in both fresh water and salt water. It is also part of the Texas Independence Trail and the Texas Settlement Region and is a stop on the trail for LaSalle’s Historic Odyssey as well as the Texas Coastal Birding Trail. It sits snuggly in between Houston, San Antonio and Corpus at the head of

area, playgrounds and sand volleyball courts; plus, two Pavilions for group events. For overnight stays, there are 78 multi-use campsites, four camping cabins, and four rental travel trailers. The campground also has a one-mile nature trail and eight miles of single track mountain bike trail. On the reservoir you can spot pleasure boaters, jet skiers, water skiers, kayakers, and sailboats quietly slipping along. Coleto attracts this variety of boaters because of its many coves - which can provide calm waters out of the sometimes windy main reservoir; and long arms of the reservoir which provide long ski runs. Coleto is a prime migratory winter site for a wide variety of waterfowl and birds including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hummingbirds, Roseate Spoonbills, and White Pelicans. Coleto has recorded over 100 different bird species. Plus, the area offers an abundance of wildlife including deer, squirrels, turkey, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, and others. So consider a visit to the Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir and “Come Make a Memory With Us.” Visit our website at www.coletocreekpark. com for more details.

the Lavaca and Carancahua Bays. Lake Texana is the heart of this wide spread county and home of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex which offers a perfect get-a-way spot nestled among nature and lots of oak trees. The BRC, located about 7 miles outside of Edna, is owned and operated by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority. It offers several options for its guests with two large campgrounds, an Event Complex with a rodeo arena, several rental facilities as well as many recreation areas that can be used for fishing, hiking, biking, and picnicking. There are also several fully furnished cabins available to rent in the Complex which make an excellent place to rest and relax with nature on your front door step. The BRC puts on at least five annual events Continued, Next Page

Brackenridge Recreation Complex

Two Parks, One Destination!

Create lasting memories... in a place you’ll never forget! * Gated RV & Tent Camping Areas * Cabins * Facility Rentals * Fishing Piers * Hike & Bike Trails * Kayak Rentals * Miniature Golf * Disc Golf * Nature Center

Located 7 miles South of Edna on Lake Texana

@Brackenridge Recreation Complex

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each year both in the campgrounds and at the Main Event Center like the BRC Snow Day and Carnival, the Spooktacular Carnival and Haunted Trail, Texana Chili Spill & Go Texan BBQ Cook-Off, the BRC Independence Day Celebration and Antique Tractor Parade and the Summer Fun Series which includes both movies in the park and water days. The Main Event Center also hosts the Jackson County Youth Fair, several fishing tournaments, rodeos, and much more. Since the Complex sits directly on the banks of Lake Texana, it is a haven for water recreation like boating, kayaking, water or jet skiing and fishing. The Lake also offers an ideal setting for other nature related activities such as bird watching, hiking, biking and even horseback riding on the equestrian trail. Relaxing by a campfire while watching the wildlife is probably the number one objective on most of the park guests’ “To Do List” when visiting the Complex. In addition to the BRC, the small towns of Jackson County offer downtown boutique shopping and several family-owned restaurants that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. If you are a history buff and are looking for a new story to hear, stop by the Texana Museum and learn about the lost town of Texana and the native inhabitants of the Texas Coast. The Ganado Theatre is another historic attraction to the area, located in downtown Ganado, it offers the highest quality visual and surround sound audio experience for newly released movies. If food and music is more of your scene, then make plans to attend the annual Ganado Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Crawfish Festival in August. The festival is all Cajun with Zydeco bands playing and plenty of crawfish to eat! Another great local attraction is the Rear Window Listening Room, a musical venue that celebrates the singer/ songwriters that write and perform original, new music from all genres in an intimate live setting. The County is also home to the winery at Lava-

ca Bluffs Vineyard in Lolita. They offer “history by the bottle” in naming wines and providing historical or geographical descriptions of the region with every label. These unique wines are produced on premises from Jackson County and area fruit, estate-grown Black Spanish, Blanc du Bois, native Mustang grapes and selected grapes blended with Texas fruit. The Lavaca River provides a beautiful setting for Lavaca Bluff’s sunsets and wine tasting for those who visit.

Brackenridge Recreation Complex The BRC hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. We hope you join us for one of our annual events!

Texana Chili Spill Brackenridge Snow Day January 25, 2020 Independence Day Celebration Spooktacular Trail & Carnival November 12-14, 2020 July 4, 2020 October 24, 2020

Located 7 miles South of Edna on Lake Texana

@Brackenridge Recreation Complex

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Kenedy Golfing, gateway to fishing

Kenedy, once known as the “Six Shooter Junction,” is now the “Junction Where Good Friends Meet.” Folks can come to explore the rich heritage of the area, visit the museums and parks, as well as experience True Texas Hospitality. Eagle Ford Shale has grown throughout the area, making Karnes County the heart of the boom. The area is constantly bustling in the oil and gas field, creating economic growth around every corner. Kenedy has developed into a goldmine for entrepreneurs and chain businesses alike. Joe Gulley Park is Kenedy’s premier destination with a little something for all ages. The park offers nature trails, great bird watching areas, aquatic plant exhibits, picnic areas, a playground and ball fields. Spring Wildflowers include Kenedy and the surrounding area on this adventure. The rolling hillsides are vibrant with an abundance of wildflowers. Driving the back roads can be a perfect day trip or weekend get-away. Explore the Heritage Historical Markers that are placed around Kenedy to give visitors a glimpse of the town’s colorful past. Stop by the Chamber or check out the web site for a list of the markers and then set off on an adventure to find them.

Be sure to include a stop at the local Post Office to enjoy “The Grist Mill,” painted during the Great Depression 1934-43. It was part of a program called the New Deal Art Murals. “Horned Lizard Capital of Texas” as proclaimed in 2000 by the Texas Legislature, is another claim to fame for Kenedy. Kenedy is located a short distance from a variety of fishing lakes and bay fishing opportunities. The golf enthusiast is invited to check out the 9-hole golf course just south of Kenedy. Downtown Kenedy is enjoying a rebirth with the restoration and remodeling of many historic buildings. There are several bed and breakfasts located in the downtown area which provide a unique get away experience. The Hwy 181 corridor offers gift and flower shops, restaurants, motels, RV parks, and is the gateway to Joe Gulley Park. Panna Maria is the “Oldest Permanent Polish Settlement” in the USA and the Cradle of Polish Culture. Established in 1854, the buildings and museum house artifacts of several generations, which preserve the heritage and culture - www. Helena Court House Museum is located between Kenedy and Panna Maria. It offers a view into what life was like in South Texas during the 1800’s. Everyone is invited to come, visit and stay a while. Enjoy the blue skies, fresh air, and friendly folks. Kenedy is a wonderful place to visit, raise a family or spend your retirement years. Kenedy Chamber of Commerce; 205 S. 2nd Street; Kenedy, TX 78119; Phone: 830.583.3223 Fax: 830.583.9166;; www.;

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Kenedy Ranch Museum

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 miles south of Kingsville off of Highway 77. The museum is housed in the former Kenedy Pasture Company building which was built in 1927 and is a program of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation of Corpus Christi. In a separate building, the Carriage House which is the museum’s media center, a short documentary on the lives of the Kenedeños, the vaqueros and their families of the Kenedy Ranch, is shown in a nice theater setting with some very comfortable rocking chairs to sit in. The hours of the museum are: Tues. – Sat. 10

Kingsville Historic King Ranch

Kingsville - home of the world-famous King Ranch®, is a vibrant city that offers a myriad of recreational choices. Take a walk in historic downtown and find 11 Texas Historical Markers. Soothe your soul while shopping an eclectic collection of fine shops that dot downtown. Cowboy boots, Western apparel, Southwestern jewelry, fashionable clothing, furniture, art, and unique gifts are available. The flagship store of the worldwide catalog business, the Saddle Shop is a must-visit. At the King Ranch® Visitors Center, guests can book guided wildlife, birding, and special-interest tours. For a taste of ranching in the Wild Horse Desert, the King Ranch Museum in historic downtown Kingsville provides videos and exhibits of ranch life and history. From the museum, take a ride down the Los Kineños Trail and over to Kleberg Avenue where the 1904 Train Depot Museum displays artifacts of South Texas railroading-an important facet of the

a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday – Noon – 4 p.m.; Closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is: $2 for Seniors, $3 for Adults, $2 for Young adults 13-18 years. Children under 13 years and organized school groups are free.

history and heritage of the area. Kingsville is rich in history and at the Venerable Mother Julia Museum and Chapel, visitors can find out why the pope declared Mother Julia Venerable and see maps detailing the forty-five convents Mother Julia would go on to establish across the world after opening her very first convent in Kingsville. Tours can be booked by calling (361) 246-0979. From its beginnings as a teachers’ college, Texas A&M University-Kingsville has grown into a major academic and athletic center, with programs including engineering, wildlife research, and ranch management. The John E. Conner Museum on campus is open to the public. It celebrates the natural history of the region and frequently displays temporary exhibits featuring colorful quilts, colorful paintings and unique sculptures. TAMUK’s Ben Bailey Gallery also invites visitors and regularly hosts a variety of art exhibits. While in the area, don’t miss your opportunity to sample an award winning and Texas-made rum at the Wild Horse Distillery. Tastings and tours are complimentary, reservations are required, call (361) 522-4165. For visitors interested in birdwatching, there are hotspots for South Texas specialties from within the city to Baffin Bay, a prime fishing destination. The Cowboy Coast is also rich in photographic opportunities.

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Palacios Bays, bountiful fish

If you are looking for a coastal getaway, whether a day trip or longer, the historic highlights, beautiful bay shores and natural resources of Palacios are beckoning. Tres Palacios Bay is one of Texas’ premier sailing bays. A 1-1/2-mile walkable lighted seawall provides a glimpse of stately homes and historic buildings along the bayfront and several free piers are available for day or night fishing. The new Palacios Pavilion event venue rises above the shoreline toward the west. Small town hospitality abounds here on Tres Palacios Bay. Visit local cuisine restaurants then stop by the museum to learn about LaSalle and the French explorers who landed here in the 17th century. A half-size replica of their sunken ship is on

display at the nearby South Bay Marina. Continue your discovery by visiting 20 local historical markers 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, explore pristine prairie wetlands and capture amazing wildlife photos by walking, canoeing or kayaking. The Port of Palacios is home to Texas’s largest shrimp fleet and a 30-ft tall Fishermen’s Memorial, a tribute to local fishermen, overlooking the bay on the west end of the port and affording spectacular sunset views. There’s more to see and do, so come visit this City by the Sea!

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Port Aransas

Gulf breezes, beaches

Welcom 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 Aransas’ picturesque shoreline is the perfect place to beachcomb, frolic in the waves, bask beneath the sun, and relax in the gentle gulf breezes. Mustang Island’s nature-related sites abound, offering optimum opportunities for birding, kayaking, fishing, surfing and swimming. Reflecting a unique laid-back attitude, 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 ~ Island Style! Affectionately referred to as Port ‘A’, the term “extended family” applies to this island community, as locals eagerly anticipate the return of visitors throughout the year. Points of Interest: • Great Texas Birding Trail sites • Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond – This freshwater pond is a haven for resident and migratory birds. • Kayak Trails • Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center - – Novices to experts can discover new species every Wednesday at 9 am, during “Birding on the Boardwalk”, a free, guided public tour. • Lydia Ann Lighthouse – Privately owned and operated, the lighthouse has been in existence since the 1800’s. 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. • Mustang Island State Park. The beaches of Mustang Island cover 18 miles of uninterrupted public shoreline and are open to vehicles. Pets are welcome, but they must remain leashed at all times. A parking permit for a minimal fee is required. • Port Aransas Nature Preserve – This 1,217 acre

preserve encompasses over 3 miles of hiking and bicycle trails, a pavilion, boardwalks over wetland flats, covered seating areas, and two overlook towers. • Port Aransas Wetlands Park – The wetland lies on a natural tidal flat and attracts a number of resident and migratory birds. • South Jetty – Granite jetties form the pathway to the Gulf of Mexico. • Spoil islands in the bays and waterways surrounding the island offer fantastic birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. • St. Jo’s Island – A privately owned island across the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Vehicles are not allowed on the island’s 21 miles of undisturbed beach, providing excellent opportunities for beachcombing and surf fishing. • The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Wetlands Education Center – Visitors will discover the value of wetlands at this educational resource, which offers indoor and outdoor interpretive exhibits. The site features an extensive boardwalk system and several observation platforms for viewing resident and migratory birds. Known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas,” Port Aransas boasts the best in all areas of the sport. Deep sea fishing is big in the waters of this small coastal town. Offshore excursions ranging from 6 – 56 hours depart from Port Aransas docks. Located in the heart of the Central Flyway, Port Aransas and Mustang Island are a birder’s paradise. Hundreds of species of resident birds and thousands of migrants can be found here. With five sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail, Mustang Island is the optimal spot for bird watching.

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Port Lavaca

Hiking, boating

Whether you are interested in birding, history, shopping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, or simply watching the sunset, Port Lavaca has it all! Calhoun County’s extensive bay system provides excellent fishing and access to Gulf waters. With the largest and deepest bay system on the Texas Gulf Coast, Calhoun County has much to offer the avid sports fisherman. Matagorda Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay, Lavaca Bay and Caranchua Bay are full of redfish, shark, trout, flounder, pompano, gafftops, whiting, croakers, sheepsheads, drum, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and the “silver king” of game fish, tarpon. Calhoun County also offers the best natural passes or entries to the Gulf on the Texas Gulf Coast. Light House Beach - Enjoy the tropical comforts this RV site has to offer. With 55 full hook up sites including cable TV and new family area with splash pad, you’ll agree this is the best of living on

Portland Family getaways

Located across the bridge from Corpus Christi, Portland offers the best 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 Bay, popular places for fishing, sailing, swimming, and kite surfing. And its 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

the Gulf Coast! Check out these other amenities, 2200 foot board walk from beach to bird tower, made from recycled materials; picnic area and playground; white sandy beach; large, 50’ by 100’ covered pavilion; 4750-foot walking path; campers-only restroom facility; washers and dryers for campers; and recreation center. Discover antiques and gift shops in Olde Town Port Lavaca. Shop for unexpected treasures at our monthly Market Days, or enjoy many festivals and events throughout the year. For current events, visit our website:

shoreline stay. The city is home to Sunset Lake Park, a 333acre ecologically rich wetland that extends into Corpus Christi Bay, providing a nesting ground for migratory birds—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 bird’s eye view of the bay. A favorite fishing spot for more than a century, Indian Point got its name from the Indians who once camped on the sandy shore to do their fishing. Portland is your home away from home on the Texas Coastal Bend. It’s accessible from two major highways: U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 35, and its only minutes away from Corpus Christi International Airport.

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Refugio Rebuilding history

Refugio County holds a very culturally diverse rich history that many are unaware of. 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 officially twinned for cultural economic and tourism purposes. One major historic feature Refugio County has to offer is the mission that used to stand on the south end of town. The Nuestra Señora Del Refugio Mission.

Refugio was named after the mission, built in 1795 and was the final Spanish mission constructed in the State of Texas. The mission served as a church to spread Catholicism as well as a Refuge to the indigenous tribes for the years that it stood. It was abandoned around 1830 and was the site of The Battle of Refugio in 1836 during the Texas Revolution. It eventually crumbled due to the type of stone material used to construct it. Townspeople contributed to it’s demise by taking rocks and repurposing them for other things around town. In the days after Nuestra Señora Del Refugio was abandoned, it was described by travelers going through Refugio as “one of the most beautiful missions, even in ruin.” Plans to build a replica of the mission are in works by a Non-profit Group called “Los Amigos de Nuestra Señora Del Refugio” 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 Señora Del Refugio, also to educate and tell the story of life in early South Texas.

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RockportFulton Gulf waters, festivals

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, Rockport-Fulton is in a class of its own. Rockport and Fulton are two communities in Aransas County; one of Texas’ smallest counties, in terms of land. Vacation time is a year-round affair. Location The Rockport-Fulton area is ideally located on SH 35, 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. Larger metropolitan cities of San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley are within a three-hour drive. Shopping Treasures await you in the Rockport and Fulton area. There are two downtown shopping areas with a myriad of shops from antiques, collectibles, fine art galleries, jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, and more. Personalized service and friendly merchants will enable you to have an enjoyable and unique shopping experience. Art Rockport-Fulton offers a special kind of charm that has led many prominent artists to make this area their home. As a result, the area boasts one of the best collections of art galleries you’ll find anywhere. The Rockport Center for the Arts, locat-

ed in downtown Rockport is a vibrant building with changing fine art exhibits and art instruction of all kinds. Birds The seascape that attracts artists also attracts our most famous winter visitors, the great endangered Whooping Cranes. Birding is phenomenal

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Sandollar Resort

Featuring: 700 ft. Private Fishing Pier 2 Crystal Clear Pools • New Beautiful Rooms with Spectacular Views • Kitchenettes

919 Fulton Beach Road, 361-729-2381 Rockport, Texas, 78382 877-463-4747 email

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RockportFulton our area. Over 500 different species have been spotted in the marshes, wooded inland areas and along the sandy beaches.

Fishing Remarkable describes the fishing and other water sports available in the bay itself. The area has been known for its Speckled Trout and Redfish among anglers “in the know”. Complete facilities from professional fishing guides to public piers and marinas are available. Professional fishing guides can help even a novice fisherman catch fish and return home with a big fish story! Climate The year-round pleasant climate encourages visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal breezes and sunny days. The average temperature is 72 degrees. Points of Interest Points of Interest include: Rockport Beach, Continued, Next Page

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Texas Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Downtown Cultural Arts District, Big Tree at Goose Island State Park, Old Fulton Schoolhouse, Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Community Aquatic and Skate Park, Rockport and Fulton Harbors, Windswept Oak Trees, Whooping Crane Birding Boat Excursions, Aransas Pathways Birding, History, Kayaking and Trails Project and so much more!

make history come to life. More historical information can be found at the Chamber and Visitor Center, Texas Maritime Museum and the Fulton Mansion Home and Education Center, and the History Center for Aransas County.

Festivals and Events In Rockport-Fulton, there is an event almost every month of the year! The Gospel Music Festival in January, the Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair and Clay Expo in February, Fulton Oysterfest and Whooping Crane Strut in March, Tour of Homes in April, Nautical Flea Market, Babes on the Bay, and Rockport Festival of Wines Memorial Day Weekend, TSA Youth Sailing Regatta in June, Rockport Art Festival in July, Patriotic Boat Parade and Wendell Fireworks Display on July 4th HummerBird Celebration in September, Seafair in October, Rockport Film Festival in November, Tropical Christmas, Tour of Historic Homes, and Lighted Boat Parade in December to name a few. History If history is your interest, Aransas County has it. General Zachary Taylor landed his troops in Aransas County during the Mexican war, which marked the beginning of statehood for Texas. Historical markers found throughout the county,

Dining Dining is outstanding in Rockport-Fulton. Fresh seafood fried, grilled, blackened, breaded, stuffed… any way you like it! From fine dining to sandwich shops, you’ll love the quaint atmosphere and dining options. Visit, Facebook and Instagram @VisitRockportFulton.

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Tropical Trail Region filled with history

The Texas Tropical Trail Region encompasses 20 counties, 23,000 square miles and is home to 1.7 million residents. This Region is one of the Texas Historical Commission’s ten Texas Heritage Trail Regions. The Region’s Border Byway skirts the nation of Mexico, and the Gulf Coast Byway runs along the Texas Gulf Coast. The rich landscapes in between are called the Brush County Byway and the Wild Horse Desert Byway. The Texas Heritage Trails program is based on 10 scenic driving trails created in 1968 by Gov. John Connally and the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation) as a tool for visitors to explore the Lone Star State. The Trails were established in conjunction with HemisFair, an international expo that commemorated the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. Historical sites within the Region include battlegrounds, architecture, historical markers, courthouses, museums, lighthouses and landmarks. For the adventurous, the region offers beachcombing, hiking, hunting, camping, golfing, boating, fishing and a wide variety of water sports and eco-tourism opportunities. Each month since the organization was formed in May 2005, group tours and presentations have been organized throughout the Region in order to provide the opportunity for attendees to visit the real places telling real stories about the history and heritage of this part of south Texas. The monthly events are open to the public; email for more information and to be included on the invitation list. Since spring 2016, a coalition of seven of these Heritage Trail Regions, including Tropical Trail, has been publishing a quarterly magazine, Authentic Texas, to showcase the genuine people, places, and products that make the Texas experience unique, from the State’s rich and diverse heritage to today’s art and culture. Each issue tells the true stories worth sharing, the stories that invite travelers to get in the car and come see for themselves.

Authentic Texas is available free at more than 100 visitor centers, heritage sites and select business establishments throughout the Lone Star State and by paid subscription for home delivery. To locate a copy and start planning your next trip, visit

The TEXAS TROPICAL TRAIL REGION is located in the lower 20 counties of deep south Texas and is filled with adventure, history, culture and wide open spaces.

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Victoria BBQ, history, nature

Founded in 1824 by Mexican Empresario Don Martin de Leon, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in Texas. With its rich history, outdoor adventures, unique eateries and fun-filled events, Victoria is the perfect spot for making memories in the Texas Coastal Bend. History and Art Take the Old Victoria Driving Tour, a self-driven tour featuring more than 80 historic homes and buildings – many listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes the 1892 Courthouse. Follow the Explore Victoria Texas History Trail and learn about Victoria’s rich multi-cultural heritage. The trail includes museums, restaurants, historic interpretive signs and more. The Museum of the Coastal Bend features permanent exhibit “Where Texas History Began.” Displays showcase the last 13,000 years of Texas history, from the first inhabitants of the Coastal Bend region through the French, Spanish, and Mexican colonial efforts, up to the diverse influences that have created the modern Texan culture. The Nave Museum houses the art collection of Royston Nave and features 5 to 6 rotating exhibits each year, including classical and modern. Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art features contemporary art by national and regional artists. Outdoors and Nature Victoria’s Riverside Park spans over 500 acres and includes Memorial Rose Garden, Riverside

Golf Course, and more. The park is a prime spot for birding and nature walks. For the more adventurous, take a bike ride or bring your kayak (rentals available from Flow Paddle Co.) and float the Guadalupe River. While in Riverside Park, check out the native Texas and exotic animals at The Texas Zoo. Local Eateries and Nightlife Huvar’s Artisan Market offers fresh, unique food in downtown Victoria. Don’t miss Pizza Night on Fridays and Saturdays! The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant & Bar is located on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Riverside Park. Live music is served on the patio. The Sunday brunch is a must do! Fossati’s Delicatessen is the oldest deli in Texas and a part of the Old Victoria Driving Tour. Family owned for generations, you’ve gotta catch this one for lunch, Monday through Friday. The Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail features BBQ joints in and just outside of Victoria. To learn more, visit Moonshine Drinkery and Aero Crafters are two favorite spots to have a drink and experience Victoria’s live music scene. Festivals and Events Throughout the year, you’ll find a number of festivals and events celebrating music, cars, historic homes, independent films, and much more! For a complete list of these events, visit Stay a While Victoria has a variety of accommodations for your weekend getaway or long-term stay – everything from modern hotels to historic bed & breakfasts and guest houses. Plan your visit at

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Yorktown Charm, history

More than a century ago Yorktown, wich is DeWitt County’s oldest incorporated town, was founded by Captain John York and Charles Eckhardt, during the administration of Governor G.L. Wood. 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. Yorktown is a rural community with charm, a strong historical perspective, rich in tradition and proud of its heritage.

Community Members City of Alice 361-668-7210

Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce 1-800-633-3028 Bee County Chamber of Commerce 361-358-3267 Corpus Christi CVB 361-881-1820 Cuero Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture 361-275-2112 City of Goliad 361-645-3454

Yorktown was founded in 1848 on the banks of the Coleto Creek and is among the oldest communities in De-Witt County. DeWitt County is “The Wildflower Capitol of Texas.” Visit

Goliad Co. Chamber of Commerce 361-645-3563 Kenedy Chamber of Commerce 830-583-3223 Palacios Chamber of Commerce 361-972-2615 Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau 361-749-5919 Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce 361-552-2959 Portland Chamber of Commerce 361-643-2475 Refugio County Chamber of Commerce 361-526-2835 Continued, Next Page

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Emerge Destination Marketing Concepts 281-799-7226

San Patricio EDC 361-643-4744

Kenedy Ranch Museum 361-294-5751

Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau 361-485-3116

King Ranch Visitor Center 361-592-8055

Yorktown Economic Development Corp. 361-564-2661

Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron 361-813-6551

Business Members Archer Park RV Community 361-354-5186 Around Texas Travel 830-481-6585 Barnhart Q5 Ranch & Retreat 361-375-2824 Bee County Historical Society 361-343-3119 Coastal Bend COG 361-883-5743 Coastal Bend Distilling Co. 361-597-3065 Coastal Choice Media 361-790-7106

Refugio Co. Museum 361-526-5555 Rockport Country Club Rockport Net 361-727-1753 Sandollar Resort 361-729-2381 So Tx Botanical Gardens & Nature Center 361-852-2100 Texas State Aquarium 361-881-1225 Texas Tropical Trail 361-547-8033 USS Lexington Museum on the Bay 361-888-4873 For membership information, call 361-241-7323