Guide SUMMER 2017
ISSUE 0 1 CORPUS CHRISTI • PADRE ISLAND • PORT ARANSAS • ROCKPORT
“The Best RV Value Since 1965” 1122 S. Padre Island Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78416
CONTENTS YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUMMER
Welcome to The Bend Magazineâ€™s first annual Summer Guide. Summer in the Coastal Bend is our favorite time of the year. You just canâ€™t beat sunny days, sparkling water, and fresh seafood caught straight from our Gulf Coast. There are a lot of guides around the region, such as visitor guides, dining guides, and relocation guides. However, summer is such a big deal here, our staff felt it deserved its very own, unique guide. The guide was created for newbies and natives alike. It includes everything you need to see, do, and experience this summer in Corpus Christi, Padre Island, Rockport and Port Aransas! The guide was designed to keep locals from summer boredom and offer visitors a great resource for all there is to do in the Coastal Bend when the fun starts to heat up. So, no matter who you are or how long you have been in the area, there is something for you here. As much as our team tried to cover everything there is to do this summer, we quickly realized that the possibilities are endless. It is simply impossible to compact all there is to do this summer into 32 pages. So consider this a starting point to a spectacular season. While you are experiencing all the fun and excitement, be sure to let us know how your summer is going by hashtagging all your social media photos with #inthebend. See you at the beach! - The Editorial Team
Navigate the Coastal Bend with ease this summer.
Take to the fairway and test your skills on these incredible courses.
WATER ACTIVITIES Find rentals for all things water and get ready for your day in the sun.
SHOPPING Publishers: Jordan Regas & Kaley Regas Director of Operations: Stefanie DeWaters Creative Director: Jarred Schuetze Business Development: Chris Knapick Managing Editor: Whitney Noble Advertising Coordinator: Rosana Knapick Lead Photographer: Rachel Durrent Contributor: Alexis Mays Subscriptions: www.thebendmag.com Cover Photo by Jason Page
The Coastal Bend loves shopping local, you will too.
ARTS & CULTURE Take a break from the sand and sun to check out the local art scene.
SWEETS & TREATS Beat the heat by indulging in a delicious cool treat.
ENTERTAINMENT Discover all the local talent and entertainment inside and out.
THE COASTAL BEND Get the best recommendations for summer activites in Corpus Chrisit, Padre Island, Port Aransas, and Rockport.
CALENDAR Plan ahead for a summer of fun in the Coastal Bend.
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GETTING AROUND 5
3 PORT ARANSAS
TRAVEL TIPS: Navigate the Coastal Bend with ease this summer by utilizing these methods of trasportation. 1. Bike Share. The City of Corpus Christi has partnered with Zagster to set up seven downtown bike share locations with 40 bikes available to rent. Riders can unlock, ride and return any bike with their mobile phones using the Zagster app. For bike share locations go to: marinaarts.com/corpus-christibike-share-program
2. CCRTA or â€œBâ€? Buses. Anyone
can purchase a single fare trip or daily and weekly passes on the bus. The accepted payment methods are bus passes and cash, no debit or credit card payment options.
4. Take the Ferry. The Port Aransas Ferry connects travelers on SH 361 across the Corpus Christi Channel between Aransas Pass, the mainland, and Port Aransas. Be sure to check the wait times.
3. Rent a Golf Cart. Drive down
5. Fulton Trolley. Hop aboard and
any given street in Port Aransas and you will surely find a rental store for all your transportation needs. Anything from golf carts to tandum bikes, find your ride in Port Aransas.
enjoy an absolutely free ride through and around the quaint fishing village of Rockport-Fulton. rockport-fulton.org/Trolley
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WATER ADVENTURES FUN TIME RENTALS From jet skies to paddle boats, Fun Time Rentals offers every water-related fun under the sun – literally. “If the sun’s out, we’re out,” says owner of Fun Time Rentals, Karim Abed Hamid. Those looking to spend their summer on the water have a variety of classic summertime experiences to choose from. It’s your one-stop-shop to rent jet skis, paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. The rental times are flexible, ranging from as little as 15 minutes to over an hour. Patrons can enjoy riding one item for hours or spend the afternoon trying several. Wanting to experience some thrills? An exciting feature offered is the speed boat rides around the bayfront. The boats can go as fast as 40 miles per hour and can hold as many as six people. Fun Time Rentals also hosts daily dolphin sightseeing trips, which begin at 9:00 am. This is a treat for children and adults alike. “A lot of people have grown up in Corpus Christi but never seen a dolphin. It’s very exciting for them.” Hamid adds.
Another classic summer activity is fishing, and beginners or novices can get hands-on experience when they sign up for the fishing guide service. The red bike-like rides have become a staple to see along the bayfront. These surreys are another item to try from Fun Time Rentals. They offer a shade from the sun and can hold up to three adults and two children. This year, the summer is lasting longer at Fun Time Rentals. They will remain open through October and are located in the heart of downtown Corpus Christi at the intersection of North Shoreline Boulevard and the Lawrence Street T Head. Hamid encourages everyone to call ahead to make sure the wind is appropriate for any water-based adventures. Make sure to visit their website for a 10% off coupon!
400 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX 361.443.0707 • funtimerental.tripod.com Weather permitted, open daily: 10AM-7PM
OTHER WATER ACTIVITIES THIRD COASTAL KITESURFING
THRILL SEEKER TOUR
RED DRAGON PIRATE CRUISES
CORPUS CHRISTI & PORT ARANSAS, TX
106 PEOPLE ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
440 W. COTTER AVE. PORT ARANSAS, TX
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LETS GO SHOPPING ISLAND FARMERS’ MARKET Lettuce turnip the power of buying local! It’s one thing our Coastal Bend residents love to do – and that is what Heather Stringer, Padre Island resident, was out to accomplish when she cofounded the Island Farmers’ Market. “My favorite working years were spent at an Art & Farmers’ Market in Kona, Hawaii. For 2 years I was there 5 days a week making and selling jewelry and chatting with all the locals and visitors. I could not imagine doing anything else,” Stringer says. She and her husband moved Islands and started their family. After staying home for 6 years, her favorite family night was the local weekly market in Kailua, Oahu. After moving to Corpus Christi about 4 years ago, Stringer started playing around with jewelry again, and her company Tula Blue was born. “My good friend and neighbor, Kelli DeNovellis, and I cofounded the market for multiple reason. We saw a void on the Island. We have this fabulous Island community, but it was without a regular event to unite us all. We wanted to bring everyone out together, and we wanted a venue for local farmers and small businesses. We had participated as vendors at some other local markets around town, and it was after one of these events that we realized we should and we could start our own Island Market,” shares Stringer. The Island Presbyterian Church agreed to
host this community event, so the dynamic duo dug their heels in, and a month later, the first Island Farmers’ Market was held. The turnout was so successful that the 3 farmers were sold out in under an hour. It was clear that the Island folks wanted access to locally grown produce and a place to buy local and shop small. “At our peak we have had 10 farmers plus another 30 food and art vendors. Every market is different though. Farmers and vendors come and go with the seasons, but we will always have something for you!” exclaims Stringer. “We only allow homegrown, homemade, and handcrafted items. Everyone is so passionate about what they are doing. You are truly supporting their dreams when you come out to see us. The Island Farmers’ Market is all about connection and community.” So come out and shop the Island Farmers’ Market, every other Thursday from 4-8 pm. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, oils, honey, homemade goods of all kinds, pet animals, eat from local food trucks, practice yoga, and listen to great music. The list goes on and on, so come prepared to spend hours shopping, eating, and dancing. It’s truly an atmosphere fostered by the love for the community and all the local talent there is to share. 14030 Fortuna Bay Dr. Corpus Christi, TX Every other Thursday: 4PM-8PM Facebook: IslandFarmersMarket
OTHER COASTAL BEND SHOPPING LAMAR PARK
3850 S. ALAMEDA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
4000 BL. ALAMEDA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
AUSTIN ST. ROCKPORT, TX
3636 S. ALAMEDA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
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The best discoveries happen when you jump in with both feet. Come explore the new Caribbean Journey opening May 13th. Dive deeper and discover a bigger world at your Texas State Aquarium. Visit texasstateaquarium.org
Caribbean Journey Opening May 13
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ARTS & CULTURE PORT ARANSAS ART CENTER Less than a mile from the ocean is a place where art, culture, music, and workshops are found under one roof. The Port Aransas Art Center is home to all things arts and culture in South Texas. Much of the artwork featured in the gallery at the Port Aransas Art Center is created by local artists, but the type of art ranges drastically. The gallery features everything from photographs to paintings to pieces made from metal, glass and hanging clay. Many of the pieces on display at the art center reflect the culture of the Coastal Bend. Artists as far north as Houston have drawn on the nature, scenery, and wildlife in South Texas to create pieces that range from traditional to abstract. The Port Aransas Art Center has a gallery where you’ll rarely see the same item twice – their special exhibit changes every month. The center celebrates every new gallery exhibit with a tradition that never changes. The First Friday night has been on-going for the past 20 years. First Friday is when the Port Aransas Art Center invites the community to tour the
new exhibit while enjoying live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and more. This completely free reception takes place the first Friday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Among the other unique events on their calendar include a songwriter’s showcase, annual Artfest event and more. Those looking to get a hands-on experience can sign up for art classes. Their workshop area hosts weekly classes for adult beginner or intermediate, and children. The calendar this summer features water coloring, pastels, and drawing, and each class lasts approximately three hours. Those looking to take a piece of art home with them can visit the gift shop, which sells handmade jewelry, prints, original work and more. It is a special summer for the Port Aransas Art Center, because it is the last in their current location on North Alister Street. After a decade of fundraising, they have purchased and built their own new building, which they are slated to move in to at the end of the summer. 323 N. Alister St. Port Aransas, TX 361.749.7334 • portaransasartcenter.org Monday - Saturday: 11AM-5PM
OTHER ARTS & CULTURE SPOTS KSPACE CONTEMKSPACE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY PORARY GALLERY
ART CENTER OF CORPUS CHRISTI
ARTS & CULTURE SUMMER CAMPS
415 D D. STARR STARR ST. ST. 415 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
327 S. COMMERCIAL ST. ARANSAS PASS, TX
100 N. SHORELINE BLVD. PORT ARANSAS, TX
HARBOR PLAYHOUSE TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM texasstateaquarium.org/ programs-camps
WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL EXPERIENCE: • Students are playing from the very ﬁrst day • Experience making music with others in a Piano Band • Learn cool music in a fun environment • Play in a Celebration program on the last day of camp • Have an awesome summer making music with friends!
ONE WEEK CAMPS JUNE -- JULY AGES 6 -- 15 For more information and to register call:
361-851-0400 4432 S. Padre Island Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78411 www.EveryLifeNeedsMusic.com
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A LA MODE GELATERIA What’s better than cold gelato on a hot summer day? A gelato cookie sandwich, says A La Mode Gelateria superfan, David Eckenrode. Just over the Causeway that leads to Padre Island is your new confectionary addiction, A La Mode Gelateria. The quant café houses a bold menu of homemade gelato, pastries, and completely original creations. This local sweet shop is the brainchild of chefs Vita Jarrin and Gale Huesmann. These business partners and culinary pros make 16 - 18 flavors of gelato for each new day, and they can hardly keep them in stock. The flavors range from classics to original such as white chocolate raspberry and lavender peanut butter. Eckenrode, who has traveled the world says, “You wouldn’t expect anything like this in Corpus Christi.” It’s not just the range of gelatos that they offer, but also what they make with them that makes A La Mode Gelateria such a unique café. One of their feature items is the Nice Cream Sandwich: A cookie sandwich stuffed with a gelato flavor of your choice. Another original creation is called the Hawaiian Bio and is a take on an Italian Brioche, but served on king’s Hawaiian
bun, stuffed with gelato of your choice, and topped with whipped cream. They also put together homemade waffle creations, with gelato and toppings, and it is the favorite of another regular named Terri Cotten. “Their waffles are amazing.” Cotten gushes. “They’re big enough to share, but you probably won’t want to.” Their creations haven’t gone unnoticed. They were featured on the Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons and Cut Throat Kitchen in 2016. It’s hard to think outside the gelato, but A La Mode does specialize in other sweets, too. They also routinely whip up batches of Tiramisu parfaits, Italian Cannoli’s or cookies. They’ve only been on Padre Island since February 2016, but some recipes, like for Nonna’s Cookies, go back generations. Nonna is Italian for grandmother and named after Jarrin’s mother. These light, sweet cookies sell as quickly as they make them. Pair your sweet with a cup of specialty coffee or tea and try every flavor of gelato this summer. By the way, we hope you saved room for one of their paninis. 14254 S.P.I.D. Ste. 101, Corpus Christi, TX Thurs & Sun: 12PM-8PM • Fri & Sat: 12PM-9PM 361.589.4130 • Facebook: alamodegelateria
OTHER SWEET TREATS SNO-BALL TOO
SCOOPY’S ICE CREAM
BOWS DESSERT CAFÉ
7114 SARATOGA #102 CORPUS CHRISTI , TX
13313 S.P.I.D. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
345 N. ALISTER ST. C PORT ARANSAS, TX
4301 S. ALAMEDA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
YOU CAN’T REALLY
K NOW A PLACE UNTIL YOU
ACTUALLY TASTE IT.
Every destination has a soul worth discovering. Experience the extraordinary cuisine at the famous Republic of Texas Bar & Grill. Dine with us to taste exquisite steaks, fresh seafood dishes and premium wine choices, all while taking in the panoramic views of the Corpus Christi Bay from the 20th floor. Let us make the most of your chance to wander.
O MN I H O TELS.COM / C ORPUSC H RI STI 361- 886- 3515
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BAR & GRILL • OMNI CORPUS CHRISTI HOTEL • CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
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TAKE IT TO THE GREEN PALMILLA BEACH GOLF COURSE
mT=f(P2 + t + s + a) What does this mean? Motivated team = function (Passionate People + training + strategy + accountability). This is Legacy International Resort Properties winning formula for their resort, Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf Club. Designed by award-winning developers Bart Koonz and Red McCombs, this community has it all…Beach.Bay.Golf. At this par 71 golf course, every hole, every hazard, and every shot was considered to take full advantage of the land and ever changing elements of our coastal bend. Golfers are encouraged to be as creative as possible at each swing at each hole. Consistent with a links course, this is the oldest known style of golf that was first developed in Britain. The word “links” originates from the Scots language from the Old English word hlinc, meaning “rising ground, ridge” and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes. Here, controlling your ball and adjusting your trajectory and style to take into account each unique slope can be more important than pure strength.
Measuring over 6,900 yards from the back tees, you’ll find yourself immersed in the natural and native dunes between the Gulf and Corpus Christi Bay. Stroll through sweeping untamed native dunes and take in some of the most spectacular views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay. Palmilla Beach challenges golfers with ocean breezes and rolling fairways lined with native grasses and imposing greens. This 222 acre, 18 hole “gold” course is (as of August, 2013) managed by internationally renowned Troon Golf and designed by Award-Winning Arnold Palmer Signature Courses. The grass, called Bermuda Grass, is the same grass used on the Augusta course, where the Masters are held each year. Arnold Palmer himself quotes this project as an “enthusiasm I haven’t felt in a while.” You’ll get a new experience every time you play. Certainly couldn’t get a better review than that! 258 Snapdragon, Port Aransas, TX 361.749.4653 • palmillabeachgolfclub.com
OTHER GOLF ACTIVITIES OSO BEACH MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
SINTON MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
5601 S. ALAMEDA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
13698 ROB & BESSIE PARK CIR. SINTON, TX
TREASURE ISLAND GOLF & GAMES
RIVER HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
14041 S.P.I.D. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
4225 RIVER HILL DR. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
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BAY JAMMIN’ CONCERT & CINEMA SERIES From ebb and flow to rock and roll, the Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema series is a summertime tradition. For almost 30 years, the Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema Series has brought the Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater to life with a variety of top-notch musicians and first-run movies that the whole family will enjoy. This free concert and film series is a collaboration effort between J2Productions and the City of Corpus Christi Parks. Every Thursday and Friday night from June – August, Cole Park is the place to be when the sun sets over the beautiful Corpus Christi Bay. In 1989, during a lunch with the member of the Corpus Christi Parks department, J.J. Nelson, who owned a popular live music venue at the time, decided to take advantage of the empty amphitheater in Cole Park. “I wanted to promote publicity of the city and live music, but I also wanted to promote these bands who come touring through. They would do the free show and give people a taste. People would see the show and say, ‘Wow! That band was dang good.’ Otherwise, people would not be
familiar with them,” says Nelson. The original time was set from 7:30 to 9:30, so the band could break down and get over the venue. Over the years, bands like Blue October and Bob Schinder have made their way through Cole Park. Movies were added in 2002 with the help of Laura Gonzales Jasso, Special Events Program Manager for Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation. The series showcases both local and regional acts around Texas from a variety of genres.This year’s line-up includes crowd favorites like Another Level, Scarecrow People, The David Martinez Band, and One Destiny. Concerts start in June and last from 7:30 – 10:00 pm. On Friday nights, expect to see popular films such as BFG, The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, and Moana at sunset. Concerts and movies are free, thanks to the generous support of local businesses and the city. So load up the lawn chairs and blankets, and don’t miss out on free family fun at the Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema series all summer long. 101 Ocean Dr. Corpus Christi, TX • 361.826.3417 Facebook: BayJamminConcertandCinemaSeries
OTHER PLACES FOR LIVE MUSIC BREWSTER STREET ICE HOUSE
BLACK MARLIN GRILL & LOOKOUT BAR
EXECUTIVE SURF CLUB
HOUSE OF ROCK
1724 N. TANCAHUA ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
258 SNAPDRAGON PORT ARANSAS, TX
309 N. WATER ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
511 STARR ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
SUMM Corpus Christi / Padre Island / Port Aransas / Rockport-Fulton
MER IN THE COASTAL BEND 2017
With the S.E.A. District, the Marina Arts District and North Beach all within walking distance, or, thanks to Corpus Christi’s new bike share program, all within biking distance, there’s hardly an excuse to not get out and explore.
CORPUS CHRISTI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY 1900 N. Chaparral St. Corpus Christi, TX • 361.826.4667 ccmuseum.com
The Museum of Science and History is the perfect place to have fun and learn something new no matter how old you are. Explore the history of South Texas through photo collections, educational exhibits and interactive experiences. With the addition of the new Science Center last year, the Summer Science Camp for children ages 4 to 6th grade is an absolute blast.
WATER STREET MARKET 300 Block N. Water St. Corpus Christi, TX waterstmarketcc.com
With live music, fresh seafood, and local art, the Water Street Market is the perfect place to be during summer. Enjoy tasty local beers on tap at The Executive Surf Club and bring the whole family, including the dog, to hear live music on the patio. Don’t miss the brand new Water Street Gallery that is opening in May. As the first-ever “pop-up” gallery of its kind in the Coastal Bend, the brick and mortar space will feature three nationally known artists: John Olvey, Wade Koniakowsky, and Jon Steele. CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS 734 E. Port Avenue Corpus Christi, TX • 361.561.4665 cchooks.com
The Corpus Christi Hooks are back in full swing this summer, and a trip to Whataburger Field is fun for the entire family. Get a chance to see future Houston Astros make their debut before going on to become stars. There is always something special going on with each game, including a dazzling fireworks show after every Friday game.
INSIDER TIPS 1. Distrix App.
2. Grandview Lounge.
Get this app and receive special welcome greetings, offers, and promotions from merchants as you approach their stores. Search by business type or location, and see the special offers available for you that day.
This hidden gem of a bar is located on the top floor of the Best Western hotel across from the Water Street Market and features a stunning view of the Corpus Christi Bay at sunset.
TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX • 800.477.4853 texasstateaquarium.org
Get an upclose look and interact with over 300 species of animals through educational and entertaining exhibits. The Texas State Aquarium is preparing to open the doors to its 71,000 square foot addition, The Caribbean Journey, on May 13th. With the new exhibit, guests will explore tropical forests, coastal reefs, and come face-toface with many exotic animals.
HURRICANE ALLEY WATERPARK 702 E Port Avenue CorpusChristi,TX78401•361.883.9283 hurricanealleycc.com
Relax and make a splash at Hurricane Alley Waterpark this summer. This locally-owned, award-winning water park features a 12,000 square foot wave pool, a 750-foot lazy river, and their very own surf simulator guaranteeing a perfect wave every time. Parents can relax while the little ones splash around on the USS Dusty. There is even a swim-up bar. Enjoy Dive-In Movie Night every Tuesday throughout summer.
Believed to have formed some 4500 years ago, Padre Island is geographically quite young. Less than 2 miles wide, the charming and neighborly Island is a wonderful place to raise a family, build a business, and live the island dream. Although it’s part of the City of Corpus Christi, it truly feels like a far away land.
NATIONAL SEASHORE 20420 Park Rd. 22 Corpus Christi, TX • 361.949.8068 nps.gov/pais/index.htm
SCHLITTERBAHN 14353 Commodore Drive Corpus Christi, TX • 361.589.4200 schlitterbahn.com/corpus-christi
Take an afternoon and drive down the Padre Island National Seashore. Upon entering, stop at the visitor’s center to find an information desk, small museum, bookstore/gift shop and picnic area. With 70 miles of coastline, be the only one in sight. Make your way from “little shell” to “big shell” and leave worry behind.
Splash around at Schlitterbahn where there’s fun for kids and adults alike. Stay overnight in one of their on-site hotel rooms or come for the day. Set up underneath one of their many cabanas and experience all the rides and adventures the water park has to offer. A swim-up bar and restaurant ensure no one is left thirsty or hungry. They promise you the hottest, coolest time in Texas.
SEAWALL AT WHITECAP 15202 Windward Dr. Corpus Christi, TX • 361.949.8041 Walk the mile long stretch of seawall at Whitecap beach and stop for a drink at Holiday Inn’s Sandbar. There are always people exercising or strolling along the beautifully paved seawall where the crashing waves and chatty seagulls keep you company. When it’s time for a piña colada, belly up to the Sandbar, right on the seawall, and reward yourself.
PADRE BALLI PARK 15820 Park Rd. 22 Corpus Christi, TX • 361.949.8121 nuecesbeachparks.com/ padreballipark.html
Here, you’ll find a 374-acre beach park offering swimming, paved and tent campsites, and even a fishing pier. With water and electric hookups, come and stay awhile! They even have a first-aid station located at the park office.
INSIDER TIPS 1. Sea Turtle Release! Experience newly hatched Kemp’s ridley sea turtles crawl over one another as
they are released. It’s a day you won’t ever forget. Also be sure, while playing at the beach, to report any of these sea turtles you see, as they are endangered. nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/hatchlingreleases.htm
WATERFRONT DINING Docs: 13309 S.P.I.D. Corpus Christi, TX • 361.949.6744 Snoopy’s: 13313 S.P.I.D. Corpus Christi, TX • 361.949.8815
Grab a bite at Docs or Snoopy’s, right next to each other, and watch the boats go by. For a somewhat more formal dining experience, Docs provides delicious fresh catches and friendly service. For a more casual fish and chips, order up front at Snoopy’s, find your preferred outdoor seat, and kick back with a cold one. Either way, you’ll watch the big boats cruise through the Laguna Madre, and the dolphins will surely make an appearance at sunset.
2. Drive down the beach,
but be certain you pay for your beach permit. The stickers are available for purchase for $12 and provide months of access to miles and miles of Gulf beaches to enjoy. Pick yours up at a location most convenient for you: ccparkandrec.com/government/parksrecreation/programs-services/ beaches/beach-parking-permits/index
3. Wash your car! Upon leaving the beach, head straight to a car wash and run your car through, even if it’s just with water, to rid any sand and salt that will cause erosion.
As the only established town on Mustang Island, Port Aransas has been attracting tourists and stay-cationers alike to come and enjoy its vacation atmosphere and attractions since as early as the 1700s. Eat, drink, shop, boat, and just be merry on this happy little island. If you happen to stumble upon a silver dagger, youâ€™ve found the long-lost treasure chest of an old Spanish pirate. Get out and explore!
NATURE PRESERVE Port St. Port Aransas, TX cityofportaransas.org/ nature_preserve.cfm
Hike the Port Aransas Nature Preserve for an all-day excursion, and enjoy an adventure through the 2 miles of trails. Amenities include a pavilion, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites, tower overlooking wetland areas, Salt Island and even restrooms! Exercise and then catch a glimpse of jumping fish and shoreline birds.
BACK PORCH 132 W. Cotter Avenue Port Aransas, TX • 361.749.2800 pabackporchbar.com
Enjoy happy hour at local laidback bar hot spot, Back Porch. The spacious patio overlooks the marina, so come support this long-standing local business. They have live music, superb bartenders, and the best nautical people watching around.
SAN JOSE ISLAND Port Aransas, TX sanjoseislandtexas.org
Hop a ride to a private island, San Jose Island! For $12, you and your family and friends can take the short trip north across the channel. Have a relaxing afternoon sitting in a beach chair, watching the waves and crabs, and collecting shells.
INSIDER TIPS 1. The Waiting Game.
Check the ferry line wait time before getting in line. Millions of passengers ride the Port Aransas ferries annually. The routes operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But before hopping in line, check out their wait times as it may be quicker to drive south and through Padre Island. cityofportaransas.org/ferrycam.cfm
DOLPHIN DOCKS 300 W. Cotter Avenue Port Aransas, TX • 800.393.3474 dolphindocks.com
Experience the open ocean on a fishing charter by Dolphin Docks, dubbed the best local party boat for fishing. To have lots of fun, pick a day with light winds and warm waters, and catch one or two of the estimated 600+ species of saltwater fish who inhabit the waters off Port Aransas.
SURF LESSONS Port Aransas, TX • 361.549.6617 professurf.com
Take a surf lesson with a pro! Puddy, a uniquely certified professional master level instructor, shows you the ropes around the surf at Port Aransas, north of Horace Caldwell pier. This ideal location to begin your surfing experience has produced many surfing champions. But, just have fun with it!
2. Be Prepared! Don’t leave
home without your binoculars. There’s so much to see from the local estuaries, inlets and nature reserves that draw hundreds of species of birds, to all the local marine life. You won’t want to miss a thing.
ROCKPORT FULTON Rockport is a charming, coastal town full of color and beauty. If you are a lover of all things coastal, including great local art and fresh seafood, this small seaside town in the bend is the perfect place to explore. It feels like summer year round, but without the crowd.
ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS 902 Navigation Circle Rockport, TX • 361.729.5519 rockportartcenter.com
The Rockport Center for the Arts features over 100 original works of art and is home to a 10,000 square foot Sculpture Garden with works by internationally acclaimed granite sculptor Jesus Moroles, as well as acclaimed sculptors Kent Ullberg, Sandy Scott, Charles Umlauf, and James Surls. Also, the art center hosts many community events throughout the year, including the Rockport Art Festival in July.
INSIDER TIPS 1. Aransas Pathways.
Visit Aransas Pathways website for information on birding, hiking, kayaking, history and more all over Rockport. aransaspathways.com
2. Rockport Fulton
Chamber of Commerce. Stop by the Chamber office for a wealth of information and help from chamber ambassadors on what to do around Rockport and Fulton.
ROCKPORT BEACH 1202 Navigation Cir. Rockport, TX • 361.729.8037 rockportbeach-texas.com
Greeting visitors to Rockport Beach is Rockport’s iconic giant blue crab sculpture. This quaint, charming beach is small, but clean and perfect for families with a playground nearby. The beach is free to visit but there is a $5 parking fee per day or $20 annually.
AUSTIN STREET N. Austin St. Rockport, TX
Historic Austin Street in Downtown Rockport is home to many great shops and galleries. See fantastic local art at Windway Gallery and Estelle Stair Gallery. Cool down with a drink at Daily Grind and window shop the assortment of boutiques and home décor shops along the way. There are a lot of great seafood restaurants nearby, such as Latitude 28°02’ and 495 Chesapeake Eats.
TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM 1202 Navigation Circle Rockport, TX • 361.729.1271 texasmaritimemuseum.org
The Texas Maritime Museum has been educating visitors about the rich maritime history of Texas for over 20 years. Visitors can see Texas history from exploration and settlement, to boat building and shipbuilding, sports and commercial fishing, and the search for offshore oil and gas. The Texas Maritime Museum also kicks off summer with the Rockport Festival of Wine & Food, May 27-28.
FULTON MANSION 317 Fulton Beach Rd. Rockport, TX • 361.729.0386 thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/ fulton-mansion-state-historic-site
Looking over the Aransas Bay along Fulton Beach Rd. is the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. Visitors can experience what life was like for George and Harriett Fulton in the late 1800s. Located behind the mansion, the Education and History Center offers interactive exhibits and a gift shop. Admission is $6 for adults and children five and under are free.
TIDAL SHIFT: TAMU-CC EXHIBITIONS Art Museum of South Texas 361.825.3500 artmuseumofsouthtexas.org
WILDLIFE IN FOCUS: PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT South Texas Botanical Gardens 361.852.2100 stxbot.org
SALT...SAND...PAINT...PIXEL PASSIONS! Water Street Market 361.442.4538 facebook.com/thewaterstreetgallery
NOW - SEPTEMBER 17TH
NOW - SEPTEMBER
MAY 11TH - AUGUST 15TH
In the fourth biennial exhibition shown at AMST, this presentation allows for both a collective and individual perspective. Each contributing artist, all members of the full-time Art Department faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will display personal art work from his or her area of expertise. Works include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, graphics and design works. This exhibition is sponsored in part by TAMU-CC School of Arts, Media, and Communication.
Full-color award-winning photographs from the 2015 Wildlife in Focus biennial photography competition are on display, with photographers’ metadata, on 20 art pillars along the Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail. The exhibition is included in general admission, and may be viewed from 9 am to 6 pm daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. The varied collection was shot by photographers partnering with South Texas landowners, and includes birds, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles/amphibians and specialty animals.
The brand new Water Street Gallery is sure to entice surfers and non-surfers alike this May! Their work will go beyond the genre normally referred to as “surf art” to include thoughtful expressions of the ocean and beaches having been involved in the preservation of the Gulf Coast for years – and in many cases, most of their lives. Free and open to the public.
CARIBBEAN JOURNEY Texas State Aquarium 361.881.1340 texasstateaquarium.com OPENING MAY 13TH
See a new Sea! Upon entering Caribbean Journey, you will be immediately immersed in the vibrant sights and sounds of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Preserve, an incredibly biodiverse region in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. SianKa’an contains lush rainforests, coastal lagoons, coral reefs brimming with life, and underground rivers called cenotes, all of which will be faithfully recreated in Caribbean Journey. You will begin your journey in the tropical forest and traverse through several types of habitats, exploring cenotes, caves, lagoons, and even ancient Mayan ruins before diving into the Caribbean Sea. On your adventure, you’ll have up-close encounters with exotic Caribbean species, including sharks, bats, tropical birds, flamingos, tropical fish, and even a sloth.
Come see how we roll We invite you to come dine at the Coastal Bend’s premiere sushi spot, where tradition meets modern cuisine. A simple intimate atmosphere where the quality of food is equally matched by service. Our extensive menu will be sure to please and broaden the pallet.
DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS Hurricane Alley Waterpark 361.883.9283 hurricanealleycc.com JUNE - JULY
Come swim under the stars while watch your favorite the stars on the silver screen during Hurricane Alley Waterpark’s Super Summer Movie Series! $10.00 twilight pricing begins at 4 pm for all guests! The park will be fully operational for the entire night, complete with a big screen set up on the Storm Surge stage.
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THROWDOWN THURSDAYS Brewster Street Icehouse 361.884.2739 brewsterstreet.net
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Harbor Playhouse 361.888.7469 harborplayhouse.com
JUNE 2ND - JULY 16TH
The best live music South of Gruene Hall! Check out the best in Texas Country Music every Thursday night at Brewster Street. Artists like Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Aaron Lewis, and Wade Bowen will be hitting the stage all summer long. Stay updated on their website for upcoming shows. ARTWALK Downtown Corpus Christi 361.882.2363 marinaarts.com EVERY FIRST FRIDAY
On the first Friday of every month you’ll find artists, musicians and all things creative converge in the Marina Arts District. It’s where Downtown comes alive with bands on every block, food trucks serving up South Texas fare, and art galleries featuring local and national artists. Take in the free live music and local flavors outside, find a nice watering hole to duck into for a quick drink, or grab a bite to eat.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based
on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Showings are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
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