Let yourself be carried away into the deep blue water during an enchanting visit to the Texas State Aquarium. Located on North Beach, this stunning complex is home to fascinating sea creatures of all kinds. A day at the aquarium is a surefire way to keep your youngest explorers engaged and excited. Plunge into an ocean adventure you won’t soon forget
Travel back in time aboard the famous U.S.S. Lexington. Featuring a flight simulator and on-board movies at the 3D Mega Theatre, your visit to this World War II naval aircraft carrier will be anything but ordinary. Explore dark corridors and colossal compartments while gathering interesting facts during a self-guided tour. One afternoon will provide a humbling glimpse of what it’s like to live and serve aboard this marvel of the sea.
Padre Island National Seashore
Behold one of nature’s finest creations during an outing to the Padre Island National Seashore. Covering 130,000 acres, this spectacular expanse remains home to the largest remaining natural barrier island in the world. The Padre Island National Seashore hosts a variety of wildlife such as birds and sea turtles. Relax along the sparkling shores, hunt for seashells, play in the surf and most importantly, enjoy the beautiful gifts of Corpus Christi.
For a delightful fusion of beauty, nature and art visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. Experience a variety of attractive garden creations such as roses, tropical flowers and 2,500 different orchids. Surround yourself with the tranquil and fragrant atmosphere of this unique South Texas garden.
Visit the Art Museum of South Texas, where culture and art merge to form a striking display of creative freedom and beauty. Offering diverse exhibits featuring local and national artists and also a variety of classes, lectures and performances, the Art Museum of South Texas is a wonderful place to tour during a leisurely afternoon around downtown Corpus Christi.
Tour the oldest shipwreck that was found nearby in the Gulf of Mexico and share the adventures of early explorers as you stroll among treasures from word-famous shipwrecks at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History.
Windsurfing Magazine touts Corpus Christi as home to a world class wind-surfing destination in our nation's backyard. With an average wind speed of 18 miles per hour, Corpus Christi is the wind and wave enthusiast's dream vacation destination. Home to dozens of diverse launch sites, the city offers flat water, waves, great beginner beaches, and challenging sites for the advanced windsurfer. For the curious, there are lessons, equipment rentals and plenty of locals willing to give you some great advice on this up and coming recreation. It's no wonder that so many windsurfers from across Texas and the nation visit us to enjoy this sport.
From the remote marshes of San Jose Island to the pristine flats of the Upper Laguna Madre and the famed trout rocks of Baffin Bay, the Corpus Christi area offers a level of fishing that Texas Gulf Coast anglers either want to boast loudly about or perhaps quietly keep to themselves. The Coastal Bend is known for its acres of shallow bays, all of them isolated from the Gulf of Mexico by a series of narrow barrier islands. The region supports four separate bay systems: The San Antonio Bay system, the Aransas Bay system, the Corpus Christi Bay system and the Upper Laguna Madre. Each has unique qualities, but all of these bays are prolific fisheries.
Are you looking for that perfect vacation spot where everyone in your family can find something to enjoy? You found it! Bring your family to Mustang Island State Park for an unforgettable day, weekend, or even week-long camping trip. This barrier island state park is home to a multitude of wildlife, as well as an array of pristine coastlines, a veritable wonderland for adventure-prone people of all ages. While Dad and Mom fish and watch the migration of wild waterfowl, the kids can attend one of the many Junior Ranger Exploration events or scamper around the beach collecting shells. By the way, your friendly pup is welcome, as long as he or she remains leashed.