14 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Early Spring 2016 Texas Coastal Bend There is so much going on the Texas Coastal Bend this spring of 2016 including the much anticipated opening of Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi Riverpark Resort Phase II Rodeo Corpus Christi formally the Buc Days Rodeo which will be the biggest rodeo ever in the Coastal Bend Corpus Christis community festival of almost eight decades Buccaneer Days at the end of April Spring Break fun on the beach on the islands and in the city plus concerts downtown and on Padre Island big concert events like Train at the American Bank Center Arena comedy acts like Kevin Farley at Chuckles Comedy Club in April...and so much more The Coastal Bend is growing at a historic pace with major expansions at Texas AM University Corpus Christi and Del Mar College on the Port of Corpus Christi with major industrial projects including investments from Europe and Asia in Downtown Corpus Christi and the construction of The Cosmopolitan residen- tial and commercial projects and on the citys South side and its new neighborhoods schools and commercial zones. Have fun Wheres the Beach The Coastal Bend offers more miles of publicly-accessible beaches than anywhere in the United States on which most can be driven and on both the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay. North BeachOver the Harbor Bridge where you find the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay you will find over a mile of pedestrian friendly vehicle free public beach on Corpus Christi Bay complete with a wonderful view of the city. McGee BeachAlso on the bay is downtowns one sandy beach at the foot of the seawall just south of the Emerald Beach Hotel on N. Shoreline Blvd. Padre Balli ParkNueces County beach and recreational area on North Padre Island includes famed Bob Hall Pier camping fa- cilities first aid and information center public bathrooms and outdoor showers plus covered picnic tables on pedestrian friendly beach take Park Road 22 SPID south of Whitecap Blvd. Padre Island National SeashoreAmericas wildest beach runs over 70 miles south of Corpus Christi and is where some of the states best fishing and birdwatching can be found. JP Luby Surf ParkTake Zahn Rd. off Hwy. 361 just north of Packery Channel to the widest spread of gulf beach on the island home to a more raucous and younger beach crowd as well as fishing on the north jetty of Packery Channel. Port Aransas BeachThe areas best maintained and most patrolled beach space both beach parking and pedestrian friendly zones.