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Corpus Christi Attractions

At the edge of the Gulf and on the border with Mexico, Corpus Cristi is primed and ready to delight those looking to get their fill of sun and sand. Plus, beyond the beaches and never-ending waterfront walks are a host of other attractions. Explore the inside of a former battleship, turn a critical eye on modern art at a local gallery, or seek out an urban park to watch the world go by while your read a book. No matter your interests, there are plenty of things to do in Corpus Cristi during your next vacation to Texas’ southern border.

Things to Do in Corpus Christi with Kids

Corpus Christi has loads of close by fun things to do for you and your kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the crew happy for hours.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Corpus Christi

Central City

Urban meets historic in Corpus Cristi’s downtown streets, where pockets of Spanish and Victorian architecture have remained among the city’s newest high rises. Downtown, you’ll find the area’s best museums, galleries, and services, as well as an expansive waterfront lined with parks perfect for a stroll at any time of day.

North Beach

Technically included in Central City, North Beach is where you’ll find the city’s densest population of tourist-friendly attractions, eateries, and nightlife options. Beachfront bars and restaurants line the boardwalk, a wide variety of hotels offer sweeping views of the bay, and top attractions like the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington are just a short walk away.

Padre Island & Mustang Island

Stretching over 130 miles (209 km), Padre Island and Mustang Island act as a barrier between Corpus Cristi and the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially one massive beach, these two stretches of sand are, for the most part, blissfully undeveloped. Escape here with a rental car to comb the shores for seashells or take a hike, either in Mustang Island State Park or Padre Island National Seashore.

What to See in Corpus Cristi

Get the lay of the land with a long walk along the Bayfront, where paved paths beckon joggers and rollerbladers to get in a quick workout, cotton candy vendors hawk puffy clouds of sugar, and you’re just steps away from Corpus Cristi’s biggest attractions, like the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington. For off-the-beaten path adventures in town, consider hunting down the city’s urban parks, scattered regularly along the waterfront and hidden away down quiet residential streets.

To get away from it all, rent a car and take a day to explore the beaches of Padre and Mustang Island. These narrow strips of land protect Corpus Cristi form the Gulf’s white-capped waves and offer a secluded getaway for anyone willing to put in the effort to make it out of town. Anglers can bring their poles to the jetty on Mustang Island to fish from shore, and seashell searchers will love spending time combing the sands and explore the dunes in Padre Island National Seashore.

Sightseeing in Corpus Christi

Take a few hours to explore the marine creatures at the newly renovated Texas State Aquarium, where animals are rehabilitated and released back into the world as a part of ongoing environmental protection work. Check out touch pools where you can get up-close and personal with hermit crabs, and examine the marine critters and creatures in simulated natural environments that range from alligator-infested swamps to the habitats formed by offshore oil platforms (only in Texas!). Outside, Dolphin Bay’s resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins team up with experienced trainers to teach visitors about the dolphin behavior and habitats.Just down the street, the USS Lexington offers an in-depth look at a decommissioned aircraft carrier. Head inside this naval ship-turned-museum to check out everything from officer bunks to big guns and learn about its service in the US Navy.

Away from the waterfront, the Art Museum of South Texas and Corpus Cristi Museum of Science and Industry offer air-conditioned respites when the afternoon sun bakes the beach a bit too much. With rotating exhibits and excellent permanent works, these cultural institutions are definitely worth a look.

Free Things to Do in Corpus Christi

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's a cinch to amuse yourself in Corpus Christi without spending a penny.

Texas Surf Museum - No matter your age, this place will spark your imagination and educate your mind.

Selena Memorial & Statue - If you plan to explore the history of the region through its landmarks, include this one on your sightseeing schedule.

Corpus Christi Marina - This is a lively location where you can absorb the atmosphere and appreciate the local way of life.

One Shoreline Plaza - Stop here for a while and discover the significance of this place to the locals.

McGee Beach - Bounce rocks across the water, watch the sunset or simply take in the views from the foreshore.

Blucher Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some nibbles and find a cozy area to be with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Corpus Christi

Central City

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

North Beach

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.


Old Town

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.

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.

Del Mar

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

Northwest Corpus Christi

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Corpus Christi on a sunny day?

You won't want to be napping in your hotel room when you could be outside experiencing a City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas.

What should I not miss in Corpus Christi?

You simply can't go home without checking off the following unmissable attractions:

  • Texas State Aquarium
  • USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
  • Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
  • Art Museum of South Texas

Are there cheap things to do in Corpus Christi?

Find time for a City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas and put the cash you save toward more adventures.

What can you do in Corpus Christi for free?

You could even leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won't cost you a dime:

  • Port Aransas Beach
  • North Beach
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Whitecap Beach