Summer Staple

Seasonal fun for the whole family in the La Palmera Shopping District

By: Sarona Winfrey

Summer has arrived once again, and the La Palmera Shopping District is ready for residents and tourists alike. “We generally see a steady stream of visitors over the summer months,” said Fred Walters, general manager of La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “Students are out of school, tourists are flocking to the Coastal Bend and they all are looking for a cool and comfortable place to gather, relax and be entertained. Between La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera, we have more than 130 retailers and restaurants all located within 80 acres, making it the top shopping district in Corpus Christi.”

First up for June is Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, and guests will find a variety of gift options available. For the active dad, Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Shops at La Palmera offers brand-name sporting goods, equipment and clothing, with Champs Sporting Goods, FootLocker and Footaction located at La Palmera, along with the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop and its complete line of team memorabilia, clothing and sporting items.

If dad needs some help in the wardrobe department, there are a number of stores to choose from, including Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, American Eagle, Buckle and Express Men at La Palmera, with Destination XL, located at The Shops at La Palmera, offering the most extensive assortments of men’s big and tall clothing. You can also pick up a pair of great sunglasses at Sun Optic, Sunglass Hut or Oakley, which also carries other accessories and clothing items.

If food makes dad happy, enjoy lunch or dinner out with the family. There’s something for every taste, including LongHorn Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Chili’s providing table service options at La Palmera, as well as the 600-seat food court for a quick bite or snack. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Corner Bakery Café are located at The Shops at La Palmera, as well as the Beef Jerky Outlet, which offers a wide variety of unique flavors.

If you just can’t decide, stop by the concierge and pick up a La Palmera Shopping District Gift Card. Available in increments from $10 to $500, the cards may be used at most restaurant and retail locations at La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera.

And as always, there will be a number of fun, family-oriented events throughout the summer, including the annual nod to television’s popular “Shark Week” from July 5 to 11. To honor this cultural phenomenon, La Palmera will offer a unique shark-themed photo op in La Palmera Center Court from June 3 to 12, with photo packages and other items available. A portion of the photo proceeds will benefit the Texas State Aquarium Recovery Fund.

“This has really become a staple for us each summer,” Walters said. “ We have fun coming up with the beach-themed props each year, and the guests really seem to enjoy it.”


For more information on La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera, go to or call 361-991-3755.


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