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Corpus ChristiUnited States of America

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

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

Central City

3.5/5Good!(645 area reviews)

While visiting Central City, you might make a stop by sights like Texas State Aquarium and North Beach.

Central City
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

4/5Very Good!(605 area reviews)

North Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Texas State Aquarium and North Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Corpus Christi.

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

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(153 area reviews)

Old Town might not have many top sights, but IB Magee Beach Park and Port Aransas Birding Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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

Key Allegro

While Key Allegro might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Fulton Mansion and Rockport Beach Park.

Key Allegro
Del Mar, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

Del Mar

4/5Very Good!(187 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Del Mar, Cole Park and McGee Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Del Mar
Travel on Mondays. You'll have the place to yourself.

Northwest Corpus Christi

3/5(144 area reviews)

You might consider checking out Selena Museum while you're exploring Northwest Corpus Christi and the larger Corpus Christi area.

Northwest Corpus Christi

Top Hotels in Corpus Christi

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4 out of 5
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $110 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Central City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corpus Christi Marina and Old Concrete Street Amphitheater.

4.2/5Excellent! (1,938 reviews)

"Everything! It was so relaxing from the day that we got there till the last night we slept there."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1102 South Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $103 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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. Old Concrete Street Amphitheater ...

3.7/5Good! (1,844 reviews)

"Great location , very convenient, will be back , Thanks special to Victoria for upgrade my room to front beach"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Emerald Beach Hotel
Radisson Corpus Christi Beach
Radisson Corpus Christi Beach
3 out of 5
3200 E Surfside Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is $100 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

Nestled on the beach, this North Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Beach, Texas State Aquarium, and USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dolphin Park ...

3.9/5Good! (1,567 reviews)

"The rooms were a nice size and they provided shampoo and conditioner and even body lotion. Not many places with will fo stuff like that. Even got tea and coffee as much I could drink."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Radisson Corpus Christi Beach
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.

Vacation Rentals in Corpus Christi

Camp Coyoacan
Camp Coyoacan
2 out of 5
237 N Station St, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $82 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Old Town, this campground is within a 15-minute walk of Port Aransas Birding Center and Port Aransas Beach. Holiday Beach and IB Magee Beach Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)

"When you go to Port A, the only reason to be in a hotel room, is to sleep. The beds are comfortable, sheets clean, room tidy. In the community bathrooms, if you could extend the timers on the motion detectors, that would be helpful, having the lights cut out, mid shower...can be an adventure."…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Camp Coyoacan
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
2.5 out of 5
2000 On The Beach Rd, Port Aransas, TX

Nestled on the beach, this Port Aransas condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Horace Caldwell Pier and Newport Dunes ...

3.9/5Very Good! (480 reviews)
Loved location!!!

"Wonderful place for the kids. Beach is a short easy walk. Priced great, pools were nice and staff was so sweet!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Bayfront Cottages
Bayfront Cottages
2.5 out of 5
309 Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX
The price is $65 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Rockport, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fulton Mansion and Copano Bay. Key Allegro Marina and Bay Education Center are also within 3 mi (5 ...

3.6/5Good! (29 reviews)

"If your looking for a no frills close to local shopping/restaurants this is the place for you."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Bayfront Cottages
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.

Popular places to visit in Corpus Christi

Port Aransas Beach
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Port Aransas Beach

4.5/5(949 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Port Aransas Beach, a popular beach in Port Aransas. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

North Beach
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North Beach

4.5/5(684 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at North Beach, a popular beach in Corpus Christi. Stroll along the seaside or visit the must-see aquarium in this family-friendly area.

Corpus Christi Marina
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Corpus Christi Marina

4.5/5(620 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Corpus Christi with a trip to Corpus Christi Marina. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the must-see aquarium in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Corpus Christi

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Texas
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Texas

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Corpus Christi

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

We love Corpus Christi. The town has a mellow vibe. Everyone is very friendly. We felt safe. The city and beaches are very clean! Absolutely love the Texas Aquarium!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Thinking about moving there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

A lot of construction throughout

5/5 - Excellent

Robert

Jun 3, 2020

Overall , without booking a room with bayfront inn , Corpus Christi was great i ended up getting a room in Ovni Hotel & it was great , Corpus Christi Aquarium was fascinating & it was a great experience, did quite a bit of fishing .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great place to visit. I love that I could get away with the family and enjoy some sun with my son.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great place to visit! Nice get away...

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