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Visiting Corpus Christi, Texas: Ideas of Things to Do and See While There

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Corpus Christi, Texas from the people's T-head

Corpus Christi, Texas from the people's T-head

"Sparkling City by the Sea"

It is no wonder that the city of Corpus Christi has that nickname. This eighth-most populated city in the State of Texas is all about living, working, and playing along the sparkling waters coming off of the bay.

The Bay of Corpus Christi is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by a barrier island called Mustang Island. The 192 square miles of the bay waters, which average not quite 10 feet in depth, are buffered from the more massive and more turbulent waves of the Gulf.

It is a natural haven for many hundreds of species of fish and also birds who thrive in this South Texas humid and subtropical climate.

There is much to attract people who are considering visiting this delightful city in Texas. Let's look at some of the highlights.

A Sailor's Paradise

One of the prettiest features of downtown Corpus Christi (which translated from Latin means Body of Christ) is gazing out at the T-heads, which are constructed out into the water and provide slips for the hundreds of sailing and pleasure boats moored there. These island type walkways built in the shape of a "T" provide shelter and safety for the many boating enthusiasts who, after docking, walk ashore on them.

Remember the boats used by Christopher Columbus when he first sailed across the ocean to discover the Americas? There was a replica of the Niña at the Corpus Christi waterfront city marina for people to see and admire. It was the last surviving replica of the three ships given to Corpus Christi by the government of Spain back in 1992.

People could take sailing lessons on board the Niña at one time. Sadly, it sunk in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, and another time in 2019 because of leaks. After being raised, securing enough funding for repairs by the Columbus Sailing Association was not successful, and the 75 by 20-foot vessel was demolished in 2020. You can see photos of what it looked like below.

Sailing and Racing on the Bay

Many people learn to sail on Corpus Christi Bay, including some who have gone on to compete in America's Cup. Weekly races take place on these waters, and whether one is competing in the Midget Ocean Racing Fleet or just watching the sails dance across the waves like so many butterflies, it is a fun event.

I can only imagine how beautiful it must be to view the annual Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade with the lights reflecting on the water!


The first Saturday of each month finds people gathering at the Lawrence Street T-head for Marina Market Days, where all kinds of items are available for purchase in this beautiful open-air setting.

An imposing memorial structure called Mirador de la Flor is adjacent to the waterfront. For those who may not know, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was a singer and songwriter who lived in this city and was tragically murdered at the young age of 23. This memorial helps to honor Selena and keep memories of her alive.

Selena Memorial Corpus Christi Texas

Selena Memorial Corpus Christi Texas

Texas Surf Museum

The Texas Surf Museum can be found in this downtown area about a block from the waterfront and not far from the Selena Memorial. Everything having to do with that sport is on view for surfing enthusiasts and those who might be interested in learning more about the sport and history.

USS Lexington

A significant attraction in Corpus Christi, the USS Lexington, is the actual attack carrier involved during World War 2 in the Pacific and was the flagship to Admiral Marc Mitscher. It is now a very interactive museum that will give visitors the feel of what it must have been like to man the battle stations back during the days when it took part in active war activities. It is also a National Historic Landmark.

The Lexington has a massive 3D theater, and one can spend quite a bit of time walking through this immense ship. Don't worry about the Texas heat. Except for the flight and hangar decks, it is fully air-conditioned.

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The USS Lexington was used for part of the filming of the movie Pearl Harbor and is now one of the oldest naval aircraft carriers still in existence around the world.

The Naval Air Station, just six miles from the downtown area, has trained pilots since the year 1941. Former President George H.W. Bush was a part of the third graduating class from there.

Leasing space from the Navy, and also situated on this site, is the Corpus Christi Army Depot. The Army Depot not only contains Huey helicopters and other aircraft but is known as the largest helicopter repair facility anywhere in the world. My brother Jim, during the Vietnam War, was a crew chief responsible for keeping Huey helicopters in tip-top shape among his other duties.

Aerial view of Naval Air Station

Aerial view of Naval Air Station

Texas State Aquarium

Located at 2710 N. Shoreline in Corpus Christi overlooking the Bay, the people who run this Texas State Aquarium are devoted to not only teaching people about what is in our oceans but they also help numerous sick and or injured animals in the course of their operations.

This is a fun family type of place with daily shows showcasing over 250 different species of ocean dwellers. There is also a splash park for the kiddos or kids at heart where they can cool off and get wet.

Another exciting feature is being able to practice one's skills at a fossil dig site called Owen's Paleo Park. Who knows? Future paleontologists just might be inspired by having had this experience.

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium


As you have probably already surmised, there is no lack of beaches in and around Corpus Christi. Whether one wishes to sun themselves and have a dip in the water near the downtown area or venture out onto Mustang Island or travel along the 130,000 acres of the Padre Island National Seashore, it is all readily available to residents and visitors to this city.

The Padre Island National Seashore runs to the south of this city and is the largest barrier island in the world. It is a fabulous place to bird watch and even be able to see the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle if visiting at the right time of year when they are hatching and making their way back out to the Gulf of Mexico.

One can bask in the warmth of the surf and sand and commune with nature in solitary fashion if one wishes.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle nesting

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle nesting

More to Do and See

Other things to do and see in this "Sparkling City by the Bay" include the following:

  • Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center where one can enjoy not only outdoor gardens as well as ones featured in greenhouses, but also hike several miles of nature trails.
  • The Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge where one can walk along an 800-foot boardwalk to view the marshes, birds, and other wildlife, hike a nature trail, or make a day of it by having a picnic.
  • Museum of Science and History will have you learning not only about animals but so much more. Perfect for a rainy day when outside activities would be restricted.
  • Art Museum of South Texas, located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. will have you admiring not only the art inside but the stunning three-story white building made of concrete and shells that overlooks the bay and the ship channel.
  • Heritage Park and Cultural Center contains 12 Victorian homes, one of which, the Galván House, is 100 years old and serves as the city's cultural center providing different programs throughout the year.
  • The Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the United States.
  • Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater and Corpus Christi Skatepark, located at 1900 Ocean Drive, is a place where people can view concerts and movies, and a large concrete skate park for skateboarders is available. Great place to have some outdoor fun!


For those who like games, Corpus Christi offers the following: the IceRays from the North American Hockey League, the Hooks from the Texas League of Minor League Baseball, the Hammerheads from the Intense Football League (which is an indoor football league), and the Rugby Football Club. These are in addition to all of the high school games and other sports played by people living there.

Whataburger Field...home of the Corpus Christi Hooks

Whataburger Field...home of the Corpus Christi Hooks

Schooling and More

Whether one is spending time in Corpus Christi to attend school as I did for my first year of college at Del Mar College or whether one wishes to visit this "Sparkling City by the Bay" for other reasons, I am sure you will come away with fond memories of your time spent there.

Other schools include Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Corpus Christi, a private Catholic University.

If you time your visit right, there are many festivals at various times of the year like the annual Buccaneer Days, where the city revels in such things as music and dance performances, parades, rodeos, and more.

The focal point which will resonate in most people's memories of a visit to this city will always be the beautiful downtown T-heads and watercraft moored there.

Aerial view of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Aerial view of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2020:

Hi Doug,

Yes, Corpus Christi has much to offer its residents as well as visitors. I know that I would enjoy a visit there, post-pandemic, to see things that were not there when I attended my first year of college in that city a long time ago.

Doug on December 19, 2020:

Lived in Texas most of my life but never knew Corpus Christi had this much to offer. Thanks for enlightening me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 15, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

If you have never visited Corpus Christi, I think that you would really enjoy it if you get a chance to go down there. It is a pretty city filled with numerous things to enjoy.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 14, 2018:

Your photos are always excellent and the first one on this article is very impressive. I don't think I've ever been to Corpus, but you certainly make it look inviting.

I'm just so happy we've had cooler temperatures the last few days. About a week of high temps in the 80s. Unbelievable in August! Today is to be the last one for a while. Back to the 90s, but hopefully we're at least done with the hundreds for this year.

Hope all is well with you and that you have had a little reprieve from the awful heat down there too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

It is fun being able to showcase some of the wonderful areas in Texas that are worth a visit. Corpus Christi is a beautiful little city! Glad you liked reading about it.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 10, 2018:

You always share so many wonderful places in Texas that I really long to visit. I bet that boat parade is something...they have a tiny one in St. Augustine which is about sixty miles from me at Christmas time. It is really quite special. Thank you once again for sharing the great state of Texas with us. Angels once again are winging their way to you ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2017:

Hi Roberta,

Corpus Christi is a beautiful little city with so much to do and see. Hope you get there someday to see the Nina replica as well as other things.

RTalloni on November 30, 2017:

I have always wanted to visit Corpus Christi. So much beauty and variety to enjoy, and I suspect amazing people to meet. Thanks for a vicarious look at a place that makes me smile every time I hear about it. The pictures you chose for this post are quite wonderful. A chance to see the Nina replica may just get me there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2016:

Hi Robert,

It has been some time since I have visited Corpus Christi also. My first year of college was at Del Mar College in Corpus. I have some fond memories of those days.

Robert Sacchi on June 02, 2016:

I visited Corpus Christi many years ago. It was beautiful then and it seems it has improved much since then.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

Corpus Christi is truly a delightful city to visit. At least you have some idea of what is there since you live so far away. Thanks for the pin and share.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 22, 2015:

This looks like a lovely place to visit, wish I lived closer to it so I could meander round looking at the beach and boats and visiting the aquarium. Voted interesting, pinned and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2013:

Hello rls8994,

Glad to be able to share this information with you. :)

rls8994 from Mississippi on October 02, 2013:

Did not mean to hit the post comment yet. I wasn't done lol.....I travel with my fiancee and we are in texas quite often. Hoping maybe we can visit this place :)

rls8994 from Mississippi on October 02, 2013:

Wow, I never realized there was so many interesting things in Corpus Christi.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2013:

Hi A.A. Zavala,

Nice that you got to enjoy the Corpus Christi beaches last year on Spring break. Appreciate your comment.

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on June 17, 2013:

I went there last year for srping break. It was pretty, and the weather was mild. The beaches were nice, and there were lots of families with children playing. I didn't get a sunburn, but I added to my already deep tan. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Too bad that you suffered from any size sunburn on your Corpus Christi trip. Not fun. Never knew that vodka would relieve the pain. Ha! I never went on a Senior trip. I don't think that it was as popular back in my time...or at least from where I graduated from high school. None of the kids I knew did it. Thanks for your votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 17, 2013:

I visited Corpus Christi on my senior trip in 1976, too. I missed a spot on my foot with sunblock and got a sunburned spot about the size of a dime. I learned that pouring vodka on sunburn relieves the pain. LOL! My senior trip really sucked! :D

Voted up and interesting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

Corpus Christi is a beautiful city on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Glad that I could introduce you to it via this hub. Thanks for your comment and the tweet.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 27, 2013:

Wow very beautiful Pictures. I have never heard about Corpus Christi but looks like a fun place to be with. Voting up and shairing on tweeter.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this look at what can be seen and enjoyed in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. It holds many attractions especially for those who like living on water. Appreciate your comments and votes, etc.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 28, 2012:

What a wonderful hub as always and thanks for sharing this beautiful journey.

Enjoy your day and I vote across and share.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2012:

HI vespawoolf,

Now you know why your friends like living in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is a small city by Texas standards, but a jewel of a city especially for anyone liking salt water activities. There is much to do and see there. Nice hearing from you!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

I had no idea there are so many activities in Corpus Christi! We have several friends who are from the area, and one is even a cousin of Selena. She talks so fondly of her hometown and now I can see why! The botanical gardens and aquarium especially interest me. Thank you for such an interesting hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

Happy to be able to give you this virtual look at visiting Corpus Christi, Texas. Am sure that you would enjoy it if you ever traveled this way. Thanks for your comment and votes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 04, 2012:

Beautiful and I agree with you that Corpus Christi is sparkling city if the sea. I should visit this city one day. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hello mperrottet,

Nice to hear from someone who has experienced camping on Mustang Island and who also enjoyed the Padre Island National Seashore close to Corpus Christi. It is such a beautiful area! Thanks for your comment and the votes. Enjoy yourself the next time you plan a vacation in Texas to the Corpus Christi area. :)

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on November 02, 2012:

My husband and I camped in Corpus Christi four years ago, and loved the beaches on Mustang Island and Padre Island National Seashore. Although we didn't do it, I thought is was great how you could camp right on the beach in some areas. Nice travel hub, and I'll bookmark it for when we get down to the area again. You've listed lots of things to see and do that we missed last time. Voted up, interesting and useful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Hi Jamie,

Hope that you make it down to visit Corpus Christi, Mustang Island and Padre Island in the near future. Am sure that you would enjoy yourself. As to Selena coming from Corpus, so did Farrah Fawcett, Eva Longoria and a host of others that you would probably know. Thanks for your comment.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 01, 2012:

Thank you for another wonderful hub about places to go in Texas! I have lived in Texas for 39 years and have NEVER been down south to visit the shore.. and I think it's a travesty. A couple summers ago I was looking into Corpus and Mustang Island State Park.. I thought it was neat that at Mustang State Park you can pitch a tent right on the beach...sounds like so much fun. I'm really hoping that one of these next coming Summers we will make it there. Thank you for sharing all the local attractions... this makes me yearn to go visit even more. Also, I had no idea Selena was from Corpus Christie.. interesting to learn that. Thank you again for another great hub :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Hope that you get to walk on the USS Lexington someday and enjoy all of the other sites of interest in Corpus Christi, Texas. Appreciate your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 01, 2012:

Corpus Christi was off my radar as far as vacations go, but you've pointed out nicely that it's worth a trip. I think my favorite would be the USS Lexington, because I've never been on an aircraft carrier before. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Thanks for the share, lindalou. Just read your hub about the dreams of your mother. Wonderful! Thanks again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Hi lindalou1963,

It was too bad when the Balinese Room was destroyed by a hurricane but most of Galveston, although greatly affected, is back now better than ever today. Nice that you have visited Corpus Christi as a kid. I am sure you would be pleasantly surprised at the things that are undoubtedly new there now. Texas is a LARGE state, for sure! People who are not from here do not realize the vast distances between places in Texas. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Hello healthylife2,

I met my husband some years later in Houston, Texas...but thanks for your kind words. Hope that you get to visit Corpus Christi with your family someday. The beaches and aquarium will be nice to experience together with them along with other sites. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Linda from Texas on November 01, 2012:

P.S. Voted UP and shared all over!

Linda from Texas on November 01, 2012:

I'm a Texas girl too, although I live a long, long way from Corpus. Used to have an uncle there who we would visit when I was a kid, but he moved to Florida. When we lived in Cleveland Tx, we went to Galveston on a regular basis, at least once a month. I'm 100 miles further north, but still in Texas! We try to go to Galveston at least once or twice a year. I was so sad when the Balinese Room was destroyed.

Thanks for such a great hub!

healthylife2 on November 01, 2012:

I enjoyed "visiting" Corpus Christi and hope to see it live some day. My family would love the beach and aquarium. Sorry you lost someone so special there but nice you met your husband there and had two true loves. Voting up and sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2012:

Hello Pollyannalana,

Nice to know that we had similar backgrounds. As to Texas being a special state, all I can say is that we certainly agree having lived here most of our lives. Thanks for your comment on this visiting Corpus Christi, Texas hub. :)

Pollyannalana from US on October 31, 2012:

Was reading your profile and your childhood sounds so much like mine, but I had four younger brothers! Interesting hub, Texans seem like proud Americans and a special state for sure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi Doodlehead,

The other Texas cities certainly have attractions of their own, but if you have not yet seen Corpus Christi and Galveston...I would put both on your list the next time you visit Texas, especially if you like seeing things on the water. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

That would be a nice little vacation trip for you to take with your hubby to go and visit Corpus Christi. There are undoubtedly new things that have been built since you were last there. It is surely the case with me. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Enjoy your "couch surfing" while visiting Corpus Christi, Texas. It is a wonderful city with much to offer. Appreciate your comment, votes and the shares.

Doodlehead from Northern California on October 31, 2012:

Beautiful pics. I visited Texas and ever got to Corus Christi visting only San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Sounds like I missed the best part. Have to go again!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 31, 2012:

I have been to Corpus Christi twice. My best friend when growing up was from there and I went with them on a return trip when I was about 12. Then I went with my friend again when we were about 20. I have been meaning to go back with hubby sometime, but just haven't made it yet. I love the beach at Padre Island! Great hub! Voting up, interesting, useful and pinning! :)

Brett C from Asia on October 30, 2012:

Looks like a beautiful and interesting area to visit! I have a friend from over that way, so maybe it is time for a bit of couch surfing in Texas ;-).

Shared, up, awesome, and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

That monument to Selena in Corpus Christi is quite something! So glad that you liked this hub. Appreciate your comment and the tweet. Hopefully you can visit Corpus in person someday.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 30, 2012:

Sounds like another great place to visit. I didn't actually know that Selena was from that area. You would have thought after watching the movie a million times I would have picked up on that. And the Market... that would definitely be something I would love to go to. Awesome hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2012:

Hi Christy,

So happy to be able to share information about visiting Corpus Christi, Texas with you. In case you ever decide to head on down this way, you will have some idea of how to plan your days. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2012:

Hi Jim Doyle,

I assume you are referring to the nickname for Corpus Christi as "Sparkling City by the Sea" and I is a fitting name. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2012: