Corpus Christi, TX

Travel Guide
Photo provided by Texas Tourism / Kevin Stillman
The “Sparkling City by the Sea” embraces families, nature lovers and those wanting to experience the culture of South Texas.

Beaches, art collections, wildlife attractions and shopping opportunities are plentiful in the South Texan city of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi’s coastline is one of its most popular features. All through the year, the shore is busy with tourists and locals, who come here to swim, jog, sunbathe and hike. Take a visit to North Beach right next to downtown and the city’s most visited stretch of coast. It is a well-maintained beach with showers, restrooms, cabanas and picnic tables.

North Beach is also home to some of Corpus Christi’s major attractions. While you are there, stroll to the nearby Texas State Aquarium to see rescued eagles and sea turtles that have been rehabilitated. The aquarium has a protected habitat for dolphins that are unable to survive in open water, and a stingray lagoon, which allows visitors to touch and hand-feed more than 30 stingrays.

Film fanatics and war buffs alike can board the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier. This vessel saw service in Pearl Harbor and was also used as part of the set for the 2001 movie of the same name. Elsewhere in the city, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a 180-acre (73-hectare) site with collections of flora and fauna, including an orchid house and hummingbird garden.

Visit the Art Museum of South Texas, a Corpus Christi Bay landmark. Inside, the permanent collection spotlights fine art and crafts from Texas and its surrounding states.

Hire a car and take a 30-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi to reach the Padre Island National Seashore. The city’s subtropical climate makes it easy to enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and bird-watching along the 70-mile (113-kilometer) stretch of white sandy beach.

On the first weekend of each month, there are organized art walks and a marina market day. The city also holds a festival every April, which is a two-week fiesta of fireworks, illuminated parades and rodeo fun.

Where to stay in Corpus Christi

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Cinnamon Shore

Though Cinnamon Shore might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Mustang Island Beach and Palmilla Beach Golf Club.

Cinnamon Shore
Neat way to drive into Corpus Christi, the bridge is much more illuminated in the distance. Other odd thing is all of the oil industry lights blink at the same time and there are thousands of them. Very cool.

North Beach

4/5(605 area reviews)

Located on the El Rincon peninsula, this Corpus Christi area boasts the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington, and a 1.5-mile-long beach with a 10-foot-wide Beachwalk for leisurely strolls.

North Beach
Port Aransas featuring art and interior views as well as an individual femail

Old Town Port Aransas

4.5/5(153 area reviews)

While visiting Old Town Port Aransas, you might make a stop by sights like Port Aransas Birding Center and Port Aransas Museum.

Old Town Port Aransas
Dreaming about having one of these someday. #BeachBound

Key Allegro

If you're spending some time in Key Allegro, Matagorda Island and Kenedy Ranch Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Key Allegro
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Flour Bluff

4.5/5(25 area reviews)

Flour Bluff is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Funtrackers Family Fun Center and Laguna Madre.

Flour Bluff
Corpus Christi showing a bay or harbor, skyline and a coastal town

Central City

3.5/5(645 area reviews)

While visiting Central City, you might make a stop by sights like Selena Museum and McGee Beach.

Central City
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4 out of 5
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $152 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
$152
$181 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 16 - Jun 17
Book a stay at this spa hotel in Corpus Christi. Enjoy a full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
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Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Wyndham Corpus Christi Resort North Padre Island
Wyndham Corpus Christi Resort North Padre Island
2.5 out of 5
15202 Windward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $103 per night from May 21 to May 22
$103
$132 total
includes taxes & fees
May 21 - May 22
Book a stay at this beach hotel in Corpus Christi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
7/10 Good! (1,076 reviews)
"Great hotel for the price"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Wyndham Corpus Christi Resort North Padre Island
Island Hotel Port Aransas
Island Hotel Port Aransas
2 out of 5
2607 St Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $59 per night from May 23 to May 24
$59
$67 total
includes taxes & fees
May 23 - May 24
Book a stay at this family-friendly hotel in Port Aransas. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Clean rooms. Friendly staff. Will book again."

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Island Hotel Port Aransas
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Lively Beach
Lively Beach