Things to Do in Corpus Christi, TX

Along the Southern Coast of Texas sits Corpus Christi. Upon discovering the sparkling bay and lush landscapes of the area on the Roman Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda named it after the occasion.

 

Often called the Texas Riviera, Corpus Christi is known for its many beautiful beaches. It is one of the largest cities in Texas and a popular destination for tourists. Corpus Christi has a rich history and its own unique culture, blending the deep-rooted Southwestern vibe with an idyllic coastal lifestyle. Corpus Christi has a dependable public transportation network and easy access to major highways and to Corpus Christi International Airport.

 

There's no shortage of fun things to do in Corpus Christi. From fine dining to casual seaside hangouts, great places to eat are abundant. Diverse opportunities for recreation and entertainment are also plentiful.

 

5 Corpus Christi Hotspots

 

1.       Texas State Aquarium

Visit North Beach and bring the family to Texas State Aquarium for a close-up view of sea creatures like dolphins, sharks and jellyfish. There are interactive exhibits for the kids, and even a seasonal splash park. 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi. Labor Day through February 28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 1 until Labor Day: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. texasstateaquarium.org

2.       U.S.S. Lexington
North Beach is also home to the U.S.S. Lexington, which offers daily tours and even overnight campouts. 2194 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi. Memorial Day through Labor Day:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Labor Day through Memorial Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.usslexington.com

3.       Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
Hit the museum district to engage in hands-on learning and explore the rich history of South Texas at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. 1900 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi. Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m., Monday: Closed www.ccmuseum.com

4.       Padre Island National Seashore
On Padre Island, you'll see picturesque beaches, get a glimpse at rare wildlife, and check out the best surfing spots in all of Texas. The 70-mile stretch of protected land is a haven for rare sea turtles and nearly 400 bird species. The island also offers opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and camping. www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm

5.       South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center spans more than 180 acres and features beautiful natural habitats and incredible exhibits like the 2600 square-foot Butterfly House. The gardens are also part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, with a birdwatching tower that overlooks scenic Gator Lake. 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi. Daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. www.stxbot.org

Hours

  • Monday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

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