15 Best Things to Do in Corpus Christi, Texas

15 Best Things to Do in Corpus Christi, Texas

Discovered in the year 1519, the city of Corpus Christi is named after a roman catholic holiday. The name of the city means “Body of the Christ”. The city is also known as “Sparkling city by the sea, Corpus”. Located in the south Texas area of the US state Texas, the city is quite famous.

One of the most unknown fact about the city is that pop legend, Selena known as the “queen of Tejano music” was born, brought up, and died here. Popular singer, Selena Gomez is also named after her.

A large area of the city, almost 3/4th is covered with water which makes it a great place for water sports. The following are the top things you should not miss during your visit to Corpus Christi, Texas:

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium
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Corpus Christi is also a famous place for providing immense knowledge about life in the water through its institutions. The Texas State aquarium is one of those institutions which showcase the fabulous underwater life and aquatic animals.

The most interesting thing about this aquarium is that it also exhibits live seashores and aquatic animals that are found in the Gulf of Mexico. The Laguna Madre provides you with an opportunity to see seahorse and crab exhibits. Another place of tourist attraction is the dolphin bay.

With a volume of more than 400,000 gallons, the dolphin bay is house to wide variety of dolphins. The place also features an Acrobatic theatre with various birds performing. The place also has a fossil fuel park, and a splash park which organizes various fun activities for kids.

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
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Spreading in an area over 180 acres, South Texas Botanical garden and Nature Centre place designed in such a manner that you can enjoy the natural beauty of flowers and feel yourself covered with the beautiful and sweet smell.

The place exhibits a premium Orchard house and very well managed Hibiscus Garden. The garden also has its own natural trails, which could be used for exploring the wide variety of flora that this place has to offer.

During certain times, you can also spot certain animals such as Deer, and coyotes. The place also organizes fun family events such as floral sales, garden shows, and Big bloom sales.

The Art Museum of South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas
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The art museum of South Texas is one of the most culturally attractive destinations in Corpus Christi. The place is very well-managed with a range of modern facilities.

This place offers a large number of educational and learning exhibitions so why not pay a visit and learn about the culture and other dimensions of the region!

The place also hosts workshops, performances and musical events in order to spread awareness about the cultural and heritage richness of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
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The corpus Christi Museum of science and history attract both adults as well as the kids equally. It is mainly because the museum offers a variety of exhibitions that endorses the history and culture of South Texas region.

The museum is a bit different from other museums as it offers a variety of displays such as the display of shipwreck cargo, a children’s area, as well as a display featuring the local reptiles.

The museum also has a vintage and aesthetic collection of old carriages, which largely displays the native culture of South Texas. The museum is designed in such a manner that it admires the ecology and vast coastal region of the area. Apart from regular educational programs, Special tours to countryside and various wildlife sanctuaries are also offered by the museum.

The services provided by this museum are quite unique which makes this place a must visit in Corpus Christi.

Selena Museum

Selena museum was opened in the year 1998 by the family of famous Latina singer, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. The singer brings both joy and sorrow to the place, as she was a living wonder who left the world too soon.

The museum is developed in the part of the city where Selena lived most of her life and the museum depicts the life of the popstar, including an exhibition which shows her recording studio and her stage costumes.

The museum also showcases the awards that she won, her personal items as well as the Porsche that she owned.

Bob Hall Pier

Bob Hall Pier
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Bob hall Pier is located on Padre Island in the padre Balli Park.The place offers mesmerizing views, fresh ocean air and good opportunities for fishing. Bob Hall Pier is an adequately populated place with a lot of visitors and Vendors which makes it a good destination for family picnics.

The place also has a 400 acres’ park which again offers a lot of adventure sports like swimming. You can also enjoy sunbathing, bath house, cabana, as well as camping in the park. The campsite of the park is quite a view in itself.

Texas Surf Museum

Texas Surf museum is a one-stop place for people who are interested in surfing as it is a fairly known fact that Texas is one of the most ideal places for Surf boarding.

The museum depicts the history of surfing in Texas state as well as worldwide. The museum also displays various interesting things about surfing and photos of famous surfers, facts about surfing, films about surfing as well as a bench which is entirely made of a surf board.

The museum is not a typical historical museum, as it also offers fun activities such as a water port, and an opportunity to dive deep into the marine life. The admission into this museum is free of cost.

The Corpus Christi Bay Trail

Corpus Christi Bay trail is one ideal place for all those people who like hiking and bicycling. The place offers the best of all that Corpus Christi has to offer to its visitors.

The trail is spread in an area covering nine miles and is an ideal place for sightseeing. The trail runs past many famous attractions of the city such as the Art museum of South Texas.

You can also enjoy various other things at this trail which includes concerts and great park views. The place also offers a peek-a-boo into the University campus of the city.

Corpus Christi Bay Trail also welcomes a wide range of birds which make this place the best destination for enthusiastic birdwatchers.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is located about 50 miles north from Corpus Christi. This place is spread in an area over 70,000 acres and was established as a winter homeland for certain endangered bird species.

However, eventually the place turned out to be a home to other wildlife species which includes Alligators, variety of snakes as well as other species of birds such as Whooping cranes. The wildlife has a fair share of tidal flats, grasslands, and ponds having freshwater for encouraging the growth of aquatic life underwater.

The place also offers beautiful and mesmerizing walkable trails. An observation tower has also been installed in the place to ensure a fair chance of locating a wide species of animals and birds.

Centennial House

Centennial House in Corpus Christi
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Famously known as the Britton-Evans House, the Centennial House, was built around 1849. It is the oldest infrastructure located in Corpus Christi. The building was used as a civil war hospital during the old times. Centennial house is now completely restored and revamped with new fittings and furnishings (mostly antiques and artifacts) and open for public tours and visitors.

Sidbury House

Sidbury House
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Along with Centennial House, Corpus Christi is also home to another old house which is known as Sidbury house. This particular house was built in 1893. Sidbury house is the only living and standing form of Victorian architecture in the city.

The place is quite famous for its asymmetrical outline, large and spacious verandas, roofs with steep pitches, and balconies that are aesthetically decorated with vintage woodwork. This place is a treat to your eyes and must visit for people who crave for aesthetic pleasures.

Padre Island National Seashore

Jelly fish on shells in Padre Island National Seashore
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Located to the south of Corpus Christi, Padre island is known to be the longest barrier island in the world. It is highly undeveloped and is spread over an area covering 70 miles from one end to the other.

This beautiful area is spread over 130,000 acres and includes a large number of stunning beaches, surprising Sand dunes, as well as widespread grassland habitats.

Since, padre island is centrally located, it provides habitat to more than 350 species of birds. The place is a paradise for people who love birds because it also welcomes migratory birds from half of the North American continent during specific times of the year.

This place is a wonderful visit if you wish to enjoy great marine diversity, ranging from sea turtles, to even some of the endangered species. You can visit this shoreline for a few hours and even for an overnight camping picnic and have the time of your life right in the midst of the nature.

The Blue Ghost USS Lexington

Blue Ghost USS Lexington
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The blue ghost USS Lexington is a massive aircraft carrier which was used in the world War II. The carrier was commissioned in the year 1943, and is now a part of a naval museum in Corpus Christi which was named after it.

The carrier has a blue camouflage body and the Japanese claim to have sunk her. While visiting this museum, you can have guided tours that go on for around 4 hours and gives you an opportunity to get a close-up look of the major deck and the quarters in the carrier.

You can also enjoy the collection of simulators, scale models, as well as some games and fun escape room experiences.  The mega theatre in the museum is also used to showcase a 3D movie to the visitors.

Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge
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Constructed in late 1950s, the harbor bridge in corpus Christi connects the corpus Christi port and city together. The bridge is constructed of steel designed into arch shape. The style of the bridge is purely southern and it offers oozing views of city lights in the evening and night.

The influence of Mississippi style of bridges could be easily seen on this bridge. One of the facts of this bridge is that it transports a load of more than 30,000 cars on a daily basis.

The structure of the bridge is covered with more than 10,000 multicolored LED lights that give it a splendid view in the night, and that is the major reason why this bridge is famous among masses. The light from the bridge glows the adjacent harbor with pretty colors specially on the 4th of July.

Lazy Beach Brewing

Lazy beach brewing is a simple yet classy microbrewery offering fine handcrafted beers in Corpus and Christi. The drinks brewed here are served in other parts of the city as well but the best place for tasting the handcrafted bliss is the Brewery itself.

A food truck is also available outside the brewery to provide you with the perfect culinary company to your pint. The place offers regular beers as well as seasonal beers in collaboration with other microbreweries located in the Texas region.

The region of corpus Christi is a perfect place for discovering your inner self while enjoying soothing ocean air. The delightful sanctuaries and artistic museums and homes in the city will blow your creative mind and turn on the creative switch for people who have turned bland in their lives.

The place has so much to offer you that you definitely have to add it into one of your bucket lists. Whether it is the surf museum for surfers or the lazy beach brewery for the beer lovers, this place is definitely going to make you fall in love with itself.