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Population: 288,000+Region: Gulf Coast
Located on Interstate Highway 37, U.S. Highway 181, and State Highways 44 and 286.

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast Corpus Christi is a major deep water port and one of the state's most popular seacoast playgrounds. Well known for the 1930's seawall with its 'T' docks and steps down to the water, Corpus Christi offers many park areas, picnic tables, showers and rest rooms for the visitor.

In addition, every Wednesday evening visitors can watch the sailboat regatta from the Corpus Christi Marina. The harbor bridge arches 235 feet above the water. Visitors can also enjoy the Water Garden at Bayfront Arts and Science Park.

There is also free fishing from many city piers, jetties, as well as miles of beach and seawall with tackle rental available from the many tackle shops. And while there don't miss taking a cruise on Capt. Clark's 400-passenger paddle wheeler.

Excellent food, diverse night-time fun and lots of family oriented activities make this city a great get away. There are aquariums, art centers, museums, historic homes, parks, parks, USS ships, and much more.... you may find you'll need more than just one day. (See below for a list of attractions with location and other information.)

Lakes: Corpus Christi (More information here.)

State Parks:
Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Mustang Island State Park (More information here.)

City Parks:
The Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Park - along Oso Bay, bird watching, boardwalk, hike & bike, and jogging trails. For info: 361-884-7275

John J. Sablatura Park - picnic, BBQ and camping facilities, small zoo. For info: 800-766-2322

Padre Island Park - bath house, sandy swimming beaches, overnight camping, fishing pier, small Beachcomber's Museum. For info: 800-766-2322

Corpus Christi, Texas Events & More

Texas Tourist and Vacation Guide Information


Texas State Aquarium - dive shows, animal feedings, training sessions and much more. Admission Fee. Parking Fee. For fees and hours, call 800-477-4853.

Art Center of Corpus Christi - Local and professional artists with demonstrations and workshops regularly scheduled. No admission fee. For info: 361-884-6406.

Art Museum of South Texas - For admissions fees and hours call 361-825-3500

Asian Cultures Museum & Educational Center - Far Eastern & Asian cultures. For info: 361-882-2641

Capt. Clark's Flagship (400 passenger paddle wheeler). For fees and information: 361-884-8306

Centennial House - city's oldest existing home built in 1848. For admission fees and hours call: 361-882-8691

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History - For information: 361-826-4650

Harbor Ferry - connects downtown to Corpus Christi beach (wheelchair compatible). For info and fees: 361-289-2600

Harbor Playhouse - Texas' oldest continually performing theater, For info call 361-888-7469

Heritage Park - restored turn-of-the-century in 'Old Irishtown', For info call 361-883-0639

Horses on the Beach - horseback rides along Mustang Island. Reservations required. For info call 361-949-4944

Padre Island National Seashore - 110 miles on this island is one of the last natural seashores in the nation. Available: Parks, resorts, swimming beaches, primitive beach camping, nature trails, visitor center, bathhouse, picnic areas. No metal detectors. Admission Fee. For info call 361-949-8068

Selena Museum - honoring Selena Quintanilla. No cameras. For info call 361-289-9013

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center - 180 acres on Oso Creek. Some exhibits: Orchid House, Plumeria collection, Hibiscus Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Sensory Garden, Rose Garden, Bird & Butterfly Trail, Gator Lake, and more. Admission fee. For info call 361-852-2100.

Texas Surf Museum - located in the heart of downtown. No admission. For info call 361-888-7873.

US Naval Air Station - Home of US Navy Air Training Command; shares site with Corpus Christi Army Depot. Tours available. For info call 361-939-2674.

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay - National Historic Landmark with a permanent home on Corpus Christi Beach on the bayfron of downtown. Admission fee. For info call 361-888-4873.

Yachting Center - tours of the bay and sunset dinners. For info call 361-903-2880.

Cities within 50-60 miles:

Aransas Pass
Orange Grove
Port Aransas
San Patricio


First visitors were thought to have been the Spanish explorer Alonzo de Peneda circe 1519. The first settlement was a frontier trading postfounded by Col. Henry Lawrence Kinney around 1839. It remained a non-descript settlement until around 1845 when it began to grow in size.

Visitor Information (800-766-2322)

Visitor Centers are located at:
1823 N. Chaparral St.
Kiosks at American Bank Center
Corpus Christi International Airport
La Palmera Mall
Texas State Aquarium
USS Lexington

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