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    Best Family Attraction: Texas State Aquarium

    Looking for a fun filled day for the whole family? The Texas State Aquarium is home to various different species and has a mission to engage the community with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation. Whether you are in search for an educational field trip or an exciting thrill of touching stingrays and watching dolphins flip around, the aquarium is the place to be. more

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    Best Farmer's Market Vendor: Tula Blue

    Island vibes meets minimalism. Tula Blue mixes hand-spun rope and various jewels and stones to create pieces that complement any outfit. Each of the items are handcrafted and made to perfection. You can find these one-of- a-kind accessories online or visit the Island’s Farmer’s Market where Tula Blue sets up every other Thursday. more

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    Best Art Gallery: The Art Museum of South Texas

    With a new exhibit every couple of months, the Art Museum of South Texas is the best way to take a trip to a different time and place and get your art fix all at the same time. There is no shortage of sites to see; from the pieces hanging on the wall to the Corpus Christi Bay right outside its windows, this museum has it all. more

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    Best Museum: Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

    While we can’t be certain of whether or not the items in this museum come to life at night, we can be sure of one thing: how easy it is to be immersed into a different world when entering the Museum of Science & History. The eclectic collection of artifacts and exhibits allow the museum to be one of the best (and most fun) ways to learn and explore. All that being said, it is no surprise they won our local’s favorite museum. more

  • Best Local Singer/Songwriter: Clarissa Serna

    Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Clarissa Serna is no stranger to the stage. You might know her from her various performances around town or maybe her time spent on NBC’s The Voice. Regardless of how you recognize her name, you definitely recognize her talent. more

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    Best Arts Theater: Harbor Playhouse

    This community theater is home to plenty of tall tales and memories. With what began as just a simple newspaper article calling all actors, the theater has grown to life over the past 89 years. Catch their rendition of Beauty and the Beast this summer or stay tuned for any of their classic, musical, or contemporary plays throughout the year. more

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    Best Cover Band: Chicas Rock

    Music and creativity go hand in hand, but pair- ing the two with the concept of building young girls’ self-esteem is a brilliant mixture. Female empowerment is ever so important and what could be more empowering than girls training other girls how to jam out on a guitar or knock out a drum solo. Chicas Rock is committed to teaching girls ages 5 and up how to rock out and feel good about themselves all at the same time. more

  • Best Local Fishing Guide: Geronimo Leal

    Drop your line and get hooked on Geroni- mo’s favorite local fishing spots. If you’re in pursuit for the perfect catch look no further than Geronimo Leal. Captain Geronimo promises to take you out and reel in that trophy trout. Bring your fishing license and sunscreen and he will provide the rest! more

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    Best Live Music Venue: Brewster Street Ice House

    When it comes to live music, Brewster Street knows best. Every Thursday through Saturday you can arrive at the venue with high expectations for a night filled with jams. Maybe you’re into 80s cover bands paired with all the neon colors and tube socks you could imagine, or possibly Texas Country is more up your alley. Regardless, Brewster Street is sure to have a night on their lineup that fulfills all your dancing desires. more

  • Best Local Author: Murphy Givens

    Author, audio broadcaster, columnist, and editor—these are all titles of which you could give Mr. Givens. If there is a tale to be told about Corpus Christi, he is your man. Both his books and columns recall narratives from Corpus Christi's past. From adventures of cowboys to anecdotes of settling pioneers, he has more than a few stories up his sleeve. more

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    Best Local Band: Jake Ward Band

    Originating right here in Corpus Christi, the Jake Ward Band has been on a fast track to more than one successful single. By mixing elements from both classic rock and country, the band has been able to distinguish a unique sound for themselves and have become a definite local favorite. more

  • Best Festival: Dia De Los Muertos

    This festival takes the term block party to a whole new level. As a way to honor those who have passed away, Dia De Los Muertos celebrates culture and tradition. Every year the streets of downtown come to life with food, live music, and art as a way to bring the community together and remember the past. more