11 Things To Do In Corpus Christi, Texas

I am lucky enough to have lived in this beautiful seaside city for my entire life. Whether you’re just visiting or a resident like me, here are 9 things you can do to experience everything the Sparkling City by the Sea has to offer. Welcome to Corpus Christi, Texas!

1. USS Lexington  ⛴

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Photo credit: Mariela’sPhotography / Foter / CC BY-ND

What: The USS Lexington joined the Fifth Fleet at the battle of Pearl Harbor in 1944.  According the the Japanese, Lex sunk FOUR times but returned to fight again. The “Blue Ghost” is a now a museum, and a superb place to learn a bit about the US Navy’s history. Click here to view my post on this bad boy.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Where: 2914 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402
Phone: (361) 888-4873

How Much: $14.95 for adults,  $12.95 for seniors and military, $9.95 children from ages 4-12, members and Children 3 & under get in free. Parking is $3.50.

 

 2. Texas State Aquarium 🐠

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Photo credit: Road Warrior Press / Foter / CC BY

What: At the Texas State Aquarium, you can feed the sting rays, watch a fantastic dolphin show, meet the alligators, and more. There’s also a fun play area for the kids, and a splash park.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Where: 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Tx 78402

Phone: (361)881-1200

How Much: $22.95 for adults, $16.95 for children, $20.95 for seniors and military, children under 2 are free. Parking is $5

 

3. Funtrackers Family Fun Center 🎈

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Photo credit: qnr / Foter / CC BY-SA

What: Go karts, bumper boats, batting cages and mini-golf await you at Funtrackers!

When: Mon-Fri 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm.

Where: 9605 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 937-9400

How Much: All rides and games use credits, and credits are roughly about $1 each but become cheaper the more you buy. For example, $5 buys 5 credits, but $100 buys 125 credits.

 

4. Segway Tours 🏁

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What: Spend an hour or two sightseeing some of Corpus Christi’s landmarks on a Segway! By appointment only!

When: 10am, 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm

Where: Phone: (361) 563-4050

How Much: 2hr tour $62.50. 1 hr tour $47.50

 

5. Museum of Science and History 🗿

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Photo credit: Road Warrior Press / Foter / CC BY

What: The Museum of Science and History is my personal favorite museum in the city. Some of the exhibits include: paleontology, ecology, Earth sciences, and Corpus Christi’s own history. Their kids area will knock your socks right off. There’s plenty to see and learn; this will probably be your favorite if you’re anything like me! Click here to view my post on this one!

When: CLOSED MONDAY, Tues-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

Where: 1900 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 826-4667

How Much: Adults $9, children & seniors $7, military $4.50

 

6. The Art Museum of South Texas 🎨

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Photo credit: Jay Phagan / Foter / CC BY

What: If you’re an art enthusiast, this should be on your to-do list if it isn’t already! I haven’t been to the art museum in several years myself, but it’s a very popular attraction in Corpus Christi. You’re not able to take pictures while inside the museum, unfortunately.

When: CLOSED MONDAY.  Tues – Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 1 pm-5 pm

Where: Address: 1902 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

How Much: Adults $8, seniors and military $6, students $4,
children under 12 free.

 

7. Hurricane Alley Water Park 547838_469576846390758_1085672409_n💦

What: Hurricane Alley is a family water park featuring loads of twists and turns, everyone is sure to find a place they enjoy inside the park.

When: Their schedule and hours of operation vary depending on the season, click here to view their schedule.

Where: 702 E Port Ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 883-9283

How Much: General admission $20, under 48 inches tall & seniors $15, after 3pm $13, children 2 and under: FREE. Parking $5

 

8. Schlitterbahn 🏄🏻11249394_2007018362770174_4753106303837964404_n

What: Probably the best water park brand in the nation, Schlitterbahn has recently built a brand-spankin’ new park in Corpus Christi. Probably one of the best things to do in Corpus Christi!

When: 10am – 8pm, depending on the day and season. Click here to view their schedule.

Where: 14353 Commodores Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-8056

How Much: General admission is $39.99; Kids and seniors $27.99

 

9. Cole Park 🏈

What: Cole Park is home to a enormous play place for the kids, gorgeous hills of green for kiting, a paved trail for

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joggers,  bikers and so much more. Cole Park also features a nice-sized skate park for the skateboarders and in-line skaters.  You’ll see wind sailing, fishing, and you may even catch a free concert or two in Cole Park’s own amphitheater!

When: 6am-10pm

Where: Address: 1526 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Phone: 361 561-0253

How Much: FREE

 

11. Corpus Christi Water Gardens ☔️

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Photo credit: qnr / Foter / CC BY-SA

What: The Water Gardens is popular wedding, and photography spot. You’ll feel such fresh air, and hear the calming sounds of a waterfall when you’re near.

When: No open or closing times; but I’d avoid arriving past 10pm.

Where:  1900 N Chaparral St Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
How Much: FREE

 

 

For my fellow residents: what are your favorite things to do in Corpus Christi?

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June 9, 2015

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