Positioned on the South Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi presents cultural experiences, purchasing, hospitality, native meals and widespread points of interest.

Vacationers can spend their complete trip within the Glowing Metropolis by the Sea or drive out of city and spend time within the surrounding space, together with Port Aransas and Rockport.

America Segura, model supervisor for Go to Corpus Christi, mentioned final 12 months was a record-breaking 12 months for tourism within the metropolis. She mentioned whereas main cities open this 12 months, the middle is just not anticipating to have as robust of a 12 months as final 12 months as a result of “vacationers look to expertise different locations which have been closed for a pair years.”

“We do, nevertheless, count on that the summer time journey season shall be extra much like 2019, that means we expect this summer time to be one of many strongest journey seasons ever for Corpus Christi,” Segura mentioned. “After we say Corpus Christi is the Gulf Coast Capital, we actually imply it. … That’s as a result of Corpus Christi has one thing for all vacationers.”

Household points of interest

When you’re headed to the Corpus Christi space along with your youngsters in tow, chances are high your actions should be kid-friendly.

Visitors calm down in Hurricane Alley Waterpark’s Gulf Stream Saturday, Could 28, 2022.

It is summertime, so you will need to keep cool. Head to Hurricane Alley Waterpark in Corpus Christi and race your loved ones down the Storm Chaser water slide. When you’re in Aransas Cross, go to town’s Aquatic Middle, which incorporates three swimming pools, three slides, a excessive dive and low dive and a rope web.

Maybe your loved ones is on the aggressive aspect. The Corpus Christi space has a number of escape rooms, skate parks, arcades and native exercise companies, together with In The Recreation Funtrackers amusement park and Play Excessive Sports activities, a paintball heart.

For these wanting a extra scenic route, go to the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Middle and Texas State Aquarium. You will discover each natural world on the Botanical Gardens. On the aquarium, you can see dolphins, sea turtles, otters, sharks, flamingos, ocelots and jellyfish, to call a number of.

Eating places

If there’s one factor folks in Corpus Christi like, it is consuming scrumptious meals.

Sitting on the Gulf Coast, the Corpus Christi space is aware of easy methods to put together seafood, together with barbecue, Mexican delicacies and juicy burgers.

Castaways Seafood and Grill's taco and margarita trial special Mango Marley margarita and Mahi-Mahi taco.

Castaways Seafood and Grill’s taco and margarita trial particular Mango Marley margarita and Mahi-Mahi taco.

When you’re in search of an informal eating expertise, go to Govt Surf Membership in downtown Corpus Christi or Castaways Seafood and Grill in Port Aransas. Each supply tasty seafood choices and alcoholic drinks.

Attempting to seize a fast chunk to eat? Corpus Christi is residence to a number of quick meals eating places, together with Pete’s Rooster-N-Extra and Vick’s Well-known Hamburgers.

For {couples} on a romantic vacay, take into account eating on the Republic of Texas Bar & Grill on the twentieth flooring of the Omni Corpus Christi lodge. Reservations are required for this fancy eatery, which options quail, escargot, oysters, lamb and lobster.

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Selena

If there’s one factor you need to do whereas visiting the Glowing Metropolis by the Sea, it is visiting all issues Selena. The Queen of Tejano is handled as a deity in Corpus Christi.

The Selena Memorial Statue is still standing strong in downtown Corpus Christi despite the sea wall and T-head surrounding it being flooded.

The Selena Memorial Statue continues to be standing robust in downtown Corpus Christi regardless of the ocean wall and T-head surrounding it being flooded.

Make sure you go to Selena’s memorial statue, The Mirador de la Flor, in downtown Corpus Christi and seize a selfie. Different Selena “landmarks” embrace her gravesite at Seaside Memorial Park on Ocean Drive and her outdated residence on Elvira Drive, with a mural of her positioned down the road.

Facet by aspect on Leopard Avenue are Q-Productions, Selena’s household music studio, and the Selena Museum. Have a look at childhood images of Selena, her iconic outfits, gold and platinum data and extra. Make sure you buy a few of Selena’s merchandise, together with clothes, hats and DVDs, earlier than leaving.

In Govt Surf Membership’s courtyard in Corpus Christi, Selena has her personal star on the South Texas Music Stroll of Fame together with greater than 90 different musicians. Afterward, head to Hello-Ho Restaurant and dine in one of many Mexican eateries Selena used to eat at again within the day.

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Seashores

With practically a dozen sandy seashores you may go to within the Corpus Christi space, you can discover that candy spot to sunbathe at.

Among the seashores require a $12 parking allow, so make sure to buy one at taking part Stripes shops, H-E-B, the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Customer Data Middle, the Nueces County Padre Balli Park Headquarters Workplace, Texas A&M College-Corpus Christi, Metropolis Corridor, taking part Circle Okay shops or taking part Murphy Oil USA shops.

A boy walks along Rockport Beach in, Texas, on April 28, 2022.

A boy walks alongside Rockport Seashore in, Texas, on April 28, 2022.

Texas’ first Blue Wave Seashore — that means it’s stored clear, is managed responsibly and has a give attention to the safety of human well being and the surroundings — is Rockport Seashore.

Facilities on the seaside embrace a water ski loop, free boat launch, fishing piers, a strolling path, picnic cabanas, a windsurfing launch space, volleyball courts, playground areas, birdwatching alternatives, restrooms and showers.

When you’re coming to Corpus Christi and desire a seaside within the downtown space, McGee Seashore is the only option. The seaweed-free place presents a laid-back expertise the place you may get pleasure from fishing, sand volleyball and strolling alongside the Corpus Christi seawall.

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Historic landmarks

With greater than 90 historic landmarks in Nueces County alone, prepare to find the previous of the Coastal Bend.

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi

Twelve historic Corpus Christi properties, a lot of that are recorded as historic landmarks, are primarily based at Heritage Park. The oldest one, Merriman-Bobys Home, dates to 1851. Every residence pays tribute to the world’s ethnic and cultural range.

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When you’re seeking to admire some structure, take into account visiting the Corpus Christi Cathedral within the metropolis’s enterprise district or head out to the Stella Maris Chapel in Aransas County, each erected within the 1850s.

Boat excursions

There is a motive Corpus Christi is named the Glowing Metropolis by the Sea: water.

There is not any higher approach to expertise the world in all its aquatic magnificence than from a ship from native companies providing a bounty of boat excursions to go well with anybody’s fancy — together with the little ones.

When you’re in search of an opportunity to get away from civilization, the Jetty Boat experience in Port Aransas will take you on a five-minute journey to San Jose Island. The pure, undisturbed barrier isle presents guests an opportunity to get pleasure from a personal seaside, go fishing or birding, and discover hidden treasures together with seashells and sand {dollars} alongside the island coast.

For a tour plus a enjoyable, interactive present, Port Aransas additionally has Purple Dragon Pirate Cruises. Take a household journey on the excessive seas, that includes pirates, sword fights, a water gun battle, tales of the ocean, treasure looking and dolphin watching close to Port Aransas’ Turtle Cove.

Extra: Boat excursions supply likelihood to see the Coastal Bend because it’s meant to be seen

Tenting

Coming to the Corpus Christi space for a soothing tenting journey?

Most campsites embrace actions for households corresponding to fishing, browsing, birdwatching and different alternatives to benefit from the scenic pure great thing about the Coastal Bend.

Positioned alongside St. Charles and Aransas Bay, Goose Island State Park has campsites alongside the bay and underneath oak bushes. Every tenting space has a restroom with showers, and all websites have entry to water and electrical energy. At Lake Corpus Christi in Mathis, you may swim, paddle, fish, boat and water ski. On land, you may camp, hike, bike, geocache and birdwatch.

Wanting to remain on the seaside? Head to Padre Balli County Park, Padre Island Nationwide Seashore or Mustang Island State Park. If you wish to go tenting with facilities, take into account visiting Padre Balli County Park. When you get pleasure from a primitive tenting expertise, the opposite two seashores are your finest wager.

Dwell leisure

There are 30 live shows and comedians visiting Corpus Christi this summer time.

To not point out, native venues Home of Rock and Brewster Avenue Ice Home may have loads of free exhibits obtainable to the general public.

Koe Wetzel and special guest Ray Wylie Hubbard perform at ACL-Live at The Moody Theater on Jan. 18, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

Koe Wetzel and particular visitor Ray Wylie Hubbard carry out at ACL-Dwell at The Moody Theater on Jan. 18, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

Nation lovers can rejoice as a result of Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers, Koe Wetzel, Cody Johnson and extra artists will head to Concrete Avenue Amphitheater and Brewster Avenue Ice Home in downtown Corpus Christi.

Comedians Tom Segura and Brian Regan will go to the American Financial institution Middle.

Rock ’n’ roll listeners can jam out to a number of tribute bands taking part in hits from Deftones, Rage Towards the Machine and extra.

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Procuring

You recognize you may’t go away Corpus Christi with out some souvenirs for household again residence and your self.

There are many native companies within the surrounding space that will not make an enormous dent in your pockets.

Sew Bonita sells gifts for all, including air fresheners, candles, stickers and keychains.

Sew Bonita sells presents for all, together with air fresheners, candles, stickers and keychains.

Swing by Sew Bonita and Made in Corpus Christi, two native reward retailers that promote merchandise catered to locals and vacationers desirous to really feel like a neighborhood.

Downtown Corpus Christi additionally has a number of retailers for youthful folks to get the most recent classic tee, bucket hat and ripped pair of denims to finish their look.

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Museums

The Corpus Christi space has a museum for everybody.

Artwork lover? Lined. World Conflict II know-it-all? Acquired it. Gnarly waves, bro? Tubular.

The Artwork Museum of South Texas is in Corpus Christi and options two flooring of art work. Plus, dine in Elizabeth’s on the Artwork Museum earlier than you allow. One other suave place is Dinah Bowman’s Gallery in Portland. Journey over the Harbor Bridge and recognize work from native artists.

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When you’re in search of extra historic museums, try the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and Tejano Civil Rights Museum. The previous focuses on World Conflict II historical past and has three escape rooms, whereas the latter showcases the struggles Hispanics confronted to realize civil rights.

Corpus Christi’s three different museums are the Museum of Science and Historical past, Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Training Middle and Texas Surf Museum. The Texas Surf Museum, which is free, is the one surf museum within the Lone Star State.

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