Corpus Christi, TX

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

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

Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
2 out of 5
300 W Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $74 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Port Aransas, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Port Aransas Birding Center, Ellis Memorial Library, and Port Aransas Beach. Holiday Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (586 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4 out of 5
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Central City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corpus Christi Marina, Old Concrete Street Amphitheater, and American Bank Center. Corpus Christi ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,977 reviews)
"I enjoy everything, the young man was very helpful with our luggage.."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1102 South Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $93 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Central City, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of McGee Beach and Corpus Christi Marina. Cole Park and Art Center ...
3.6/5Good! (1,914 reviews)
"Floor was full sand"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Emerald Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
2.5 out of 5
2000 On The Beach Rd, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $111 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Nestled on the beach, this Port Aransas aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Horace Caldwell Pier and Newport Dunes ...
4/5Very Good! (617 reviews)
"This property is perfect for a Beach get-away. Clean comfortable accommodations right on the beach."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Lively Beach
Lively Beach
138 Zahn Rd, Port Aransas, TX
Nestled on the beach, this Port Aransas condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of J P Luby and Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community. New Port Pass and JP Luby ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"This was our 2nd trip to Lively Beach. Both stays were excellent. Our only issue was that our room wasn’t as clean this time. The first unit was immaculate. This one was clean at first glance, but we found sharp sticker weeds in the living room rug and front doormat. Ouch! We also found a used contact ..."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Lively Beach
Homewood Suites Corpus Christi
Homewood Suites Corpus Christi
3 out of 5
5201 Crosstown Expressway / SH # 286, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $115 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in South Side, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Del Mar College and within 6 mi (10 km) of Old Concrete Street Amphitheater and Del Mar College ...
4.1/5Very Good! (420 reviews)
"Clean and quite. Friendly staff. Bed was very comfortable. I will be staying at Homewood Suites on my next trip to Corpus Christi."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Homewood Suites Corpus Christi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Corpus Christi

The best way to get around Corpus Christi is by car, with a number of rental operators in the city. If you’re staying within certain areas of the city, then you might be content to walk or cycle around. The Marina Arts District is particularly cycle-friendly, with plenty of racks to lock up your bike. Corpus Christi also has an extensive bus network and a trolley service. Visit the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority website.Browse Corpus Christi rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you revel in the party atmosphere of spring break (and don’t mind a little competition for space on the beach), then spring is a great time to visit Corpus Christi, with average high temperatures in the mid 80s F (high 20s C). Summer is also popular but can get very hot, while fall offers milder weather and smaller crowds. In December, Corpus Christi comes alive with the Harbor Lights Festival.

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