Corpus Christi is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the Gulf Coast. Besides miles of beautiful beaches, Corpus is home to a number of interesting attractions. Corpus Christi attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington are among the most popular in Texas, while smaller, local attractions help round out vacation activities for visitors to Corpus Christi. In any event, visitors the Sparkling City by the Sea will certainly find plenty of attractions to visit and experience while staying in Corpus Christi.
The "official" aquarium of Texas, the Texas State Aquarium houses hundreds of marine animals and provides educational programs for visitors of all ages. As of 2017, the Texas State Aquarium opened Caribbean Journey, the largest expansion in the institution's history. In any event, visitors to the Texas State Aquarium should block out a full day in order to see all of the exhibits.
Following many years of "active duty," the WWII-era USS Lexington "retired" to Corpus Christi. The Lexington now serves as a floating museum and even offers overnight stays! Additionally, there is a movie theater, gift shop and numerous exhibits aboard the Lexington, as well as a display of various military aircraft on the flight deck.
The Corpus Christi Marina houses a large number of sailboats and recreational watercraft. Taking a stroll along one of the Marina's three t-head piers makes for a pleasant diversion - not to mention grabbing a bite to eat at one of the fine restaurants at the end of the piers.
Padre Island National Seashore stretches from Corpus Christi south some 75 miles to the Port Mansfield Cut - offering some of the most remote seashore to be found anywhere. Additionally, Padre Island National Seashore is a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. As a result, the Padre Island National Seashore is one of the most popular stretches of beach in the Lone Star State.
The Corpus Christi Museum of History and Science has an impressive display of natural and cultural historical objects on display. In addition, the museum has a wonder marine artificact display. All of this is packaged together with a special emphasis on South Texas.
Located in the heart of downtown Corpus Christi, Water Street Market is full of unique shops and restaurants, many of which offer breathtaking views of Corpus Christi Bay. Among the more popular stops are the Executive Surf Club, Texas Surf Museum and Hall of Fame, and Water Street Market Seafood Company.
The Harbor Playhouse has been providing Corpus Christi with high quality theatrical productions since 1925. Today, the historic playhouse features a diverse schedule of contemporary and classic musicals, non-musicals, and childrens plays.
Corpus Christi's Selena Museum, built by the singer's father, displays outfits and costumes worn by the late-pop superstar as well as other memorabilia from her life as a professional musician. Corpus Christi also has a Selena monument, which is located along the waterfront along Corpus Christi Bay.
Mustang Island State Park includes five miles of beachfront and offers visitors fishing, camping, beachcombing, swimming, surfing, birding, and other outdoor recreation options. Mustand Island State Park is a great place to spend a day at the beach or a weekend of camping.
The South Texas Institute for the Arts operates an educational facility, as well as an art museum, placing it high on the list for art lovers' visiting Corpus Christi.