Residents of San Patricio County have all the necessities and many luxuries less than a 20 minute drive away.
La Palmera & The Shops at La Palmera
The La Palmera Shopping District is Corpus Christi’s 80-acre premiere shopping and leisure destination. La Palmera, the 1-million-square-foot super regional mall, and The Shops at La Palmera, a 230,000-square-foot center conveniently located across from La Palmera, offer more than 130 retail and restaurant options.
This popular shopping destination features the national retailers and specialty shops including Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, 2b bebe, American Eagle, Charming Charlie, Coach, Forever 21, Pandora, Papaya, New York & Company, Soma Intimates, Victoria’s Secret and White House Black Market.
Guests will find full service dining options such as P.F. Chang’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Chili’s and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, as well as a variety of choices in the La Palmera Cafes food court, including Stir Fry 88, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Sarku Japan, Subway, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and H.J. Smoothies, plus specialty food locations throughout the mall. Website: http://www.lapalmera.com/
The City of Robstown on Hwy 77 between Kingsville and Corpus Christi has plans for a new outlet shopping center with a minimum of 65 retailers. Contractors estimate completion of the project sometime in 2015. The outlet center will service locals and those traveling along the 77 corridor between the valley and Houston. The project, already underway, is and will continue to boost the economy by providing both temporary construction jobs and permanent full-time retail jobs. Construction is to be done by November 2016.
Arts & Entertainment
Less than half an hour from anywhere in San Patricio County is downtown Corpus Christi, where major touring shows, musical acts and other events appear at a number of venues.
Movie Theaters, Music Venues and Live Theaters
San Patricio County offers a variety of art and entertainment attractions, with additional options just across the bay in downtown Corpus Christi.
Northshore 8 – Northshore 8 offers first-run movies in a modern multiplex. Address: 251 FM 3239 in Portland. They offer free popcorn on Tuesdays when you bring your own bowl! Phone: (361) 643-8650. Website: northshore8.com
Rialto Theater – The Rialto Theater is an historic movie theater has been refurbished and is home to an active group of stage actors and musicians. Address: 327 S. Commercial Street in Aransas Pass. Phone: (361)758-0383. Website: www.railtotheater.org.
Major Concert and Events Centers
American Bank Center – Multi-venue facility includes the ABC Arena, home to hockey and basketball games, as well as major concerts and other stage shows; the ABC Convention Center hosts trade shows, expos and conventions; and, ABC Selena Auditorium is home to a wide range of events from graduations to ballets. Address: 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi. Phone: (361) 826-4700. Website: www.americanbankcenter.com.
Concrete Street Ampitheater – The Old Concrete Street Ampitheater is one of the most picturesque concert settings in Texas, situated near the port, under the illuminated Harbor Bridge. Willie Nelson is among the many acclaimed, world-famous musicians who have performed at Concrete Street. Address: 700 Concrete Street in Corpus Christi. Phone: (361) 884-8085. Website: www.concretestreet.net
Portland Creative Arts Center – Offers clay pottery classes and other art events. Address: 822 Market Street in Portland. Phone: (361) 643-4868.
Aransas Wildlife Taxidermy – Clay pottery classes and other art events. Address: 130 E. Goodnight Street. Phone: (361) 244-2510.
Gallery, Shops & Studios
Dinah Bowman Studio – Home gallery of famed wildlife artist, known best for Japanese fish prints. Frame Shop. Address: 312 5th Street in Portland. Phone (361) 643-4922. Website: www.dinahbowman.com
Mathews Gallery & Studio – South Texas native Christi Mathews grew as a painter in Florida, before returning to open a home gallery. Address: 333 S. Commercial in Aransas Pass. Phone: (361) 758-1838.
Artist Cove Gallery – Artist Cove Gallery is a cooperative of local, coastal artists featuring a variety of artwork and unique gifts. Address: 304 S. Commercial in Aransas Pass. Phone (361) 825-2880.