Corpus Christi is among the most popular vacation destinations in Texas. Visitors heading to the 'Sparkling City By The Bay' certainly won't lack for things to do during their stay. From great beaches to wonderful museum, from waterfront restaurants to amazing attractions, there is certainly something for everyone to do while visiting 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. The Texas State Aquarium houses a wide array of marine displays, including several displays that are dedicated to marine life native to Texas waters and the Gulf of Mexico. But, perhaps the most popular attraction at the Texas State Aquarium are the hourly dolphin shows during which Texas State Aquarium trainers lead the Aquarium's resident dolphins through a series of acrobatic stunts.
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. Access to the northern end of Padre Island National Seashore is as simple as drive and park. However, to reach some of the Seashore's more remote southern stretches of sand, visitors are well-advised to utilize a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Get in Ship Shape
Following many years of "active duty," the WWII-era USS Lexington "retired" to Corpus Christi. This massive aircraft carrier now serves as a floating museum, complete with a theater, flight simulator, cafe and more. Additionally, the Lexington offers a variety of educational programs, including summer camps and overnight stays!
Get a Bite by the Bay
Landry's is well known for excellent seafood. And, each of their locations has a unique flair. This is certainly true of Landry's Corpus Christi location. Set on a remodeled passenger barge docked at the Corpus Christi Marina, Landry's Seafood House gives an entirely new meaning to waterfront dining.
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. There are also vendors available to rent paddle boats, kayaks, jet skiis and other watercraft.