Attractions in Corpus Christi

Gorgeous beaches and nature areas, first-rate museums and cultural sites, and state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venues make up the impressive list of attractions in Corpus Christi. Looking to spend some time soaking up the sun? Take your pick of nine beaches, including North Beach, Mustang Island State Park, and the Padre Island National Seashore. How about fishing? Check out the one-of-a-kind pier at Padre Balli Park. For history, tour the USS Lexington or browse the exhibits at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. All of the attractions listed below provide a variety of ways to enjoy your time in the largest coastal city in Texas. Read on to find out what Corpus Christi has to offer.

American Bank Center
Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center is an entertainment center and events venue that hosts concerts, sporting events, and trade shows throughout the year. It’s the home of the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi IceRays, American Indoor Football’s Corpus Christi Fury, and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders men’s and women’s basketball teams. A full schedule of upcoming events is available on the venue’s website.
1901 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-4700

Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas houses a permanent collection of more than 1,500 paintings, sculptures, prints, illustrations, ceramics, and more within its striking facility that overlooks Corpus Christi Bay. In addition to its permanent fixtures, the museum showcases rotating exhibits of works by regional and international artists. A café that provides a view of the bay and the USS Lexington is on-site, as is an outdoor courtyard with patio seating.
1902 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 825-3500

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
Discover the history of South Texas through exhibits of fossils, photographs, works of art, and more at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. Find out what makes this part of the Lone Star State unique as you wander through the museum’s 12 exhibits, like the shipwreck and the Hall of Earth Science. If you have kids, take them to the Children’s Wharf where then can play and learn.
1900 North Chaparral Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-4667

Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
With its one-mile nature trail and 800-foot boardwalk that affords breathtaking views of the Oso Bay, Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge is a fine place to savor the beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast. 
Ennis Joslin Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Harbor Playhouse
Epic tales, captivating songs, and the bright studio lights are what you’ll get at the Harbor Playhouse, a long-running community theater in Corpus Christi. Shows like Les Miserables and Chicago are offered alongside performances like Shrek the Musical and Annie, providing a broad appeal for theatergoers of all ages. A full show schedule, and an online box office, is available on the Harbor Playhouse’s website.
1802 North Chaparral Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 882-5500

Mustang Island State Park
Five miles of pristine sand and surf can be found in Mustang Island State Park, a natural area located on Mustang Island just east of Corpus Christi. Along with relaxing on the beach and swimming in the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico, you can explore the park by hiking, mountain biking, or kayaking on 20 miles of paddling trails. Piers and shallow-water areas provide plenty of great places to fish, and a plentitude of primitive and drive-up campsites provide room for those who want to spend a night on the beach.
17047 TX-361
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-5246

North Beach
Spend a day playing in the water or working on your tan, then walk just a few steps and you’ll have your choice of places to eat and fun souvenir shops to browse. North Beach is close to two of the top attractions in Corpus Christi: the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. 
Downtown Area
Corpus Christi, TX 78402

Padre Balli Park
If you’re looking to go fishing in Corpus Christi, Padre Balli Park should be at the top of your list. That’s because of the impressive Bob Hall Pier which extends 1,240 feet into the gulf into deep enough waters so you can catch different types of fish. Along with the angling, there’s plenty of space to go swimming or surfing, as well as a variety of campsites.
15820 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
(361) 949-8121

Padre Island National Seashore
The Padre Island National Seashore holds the distinction of being the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. More than 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and tidal flats are protected within the park, providing a critical home for 380 bird species and a variety of sea turtles, including the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. The seashore is as rich in things to do as it is in wildlife. Swimming, fishing, birding, hunting and even sea turtle hatchling releases are just a few of the many activities at the seashore, which is open year-round. 
20402 Park Road 22
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
(361) 949-8068

Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort
For summertime thrills and spills, look no further than Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort. Get your adrenaline pumping while you soar through the Sky Blaster water coaster and ride down the White Water Express tube slide, or enjoy a relaxing float down the lazy river. There are 13 attractions at this Corpus Christi waterpark, including two play areas for children.
14353 Commodores Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
(361) 589-4200

Selena Museum
Learn about the transformative career of Selena Quintanilla Perez at the Selena Museum, a popular cultural attraction that preserves the memory of the artist that once called Corpus Christi home. Browse the museum’s exhibits and you’ll see Selena’s awards, stage outfits and other memorabilia, as well as her red Porsche.
5410 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78408
(361) 289-9013

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Gorgeous gardens blend with protected natural areas to create the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, a 180-acre display of the Texas Gulf Coast’s beautiful flora and fauna. The nature center features 12 unique exhibits that immerse you in the allure of the region. Step onto the Wetland Awareness Boardwalk for a breathtaking view of Corpus Christi’s coastal wetlands, then tour the Plumeria Garden & Willoughby Viewing Platform that is home to more than 100 fragrant tropical plumeria that are native to the Caribbean. The facility is also a key site in the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, making it a fine place to go birding.
8545 South Staple Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
(361) 852-2100

Texas State Aquarium
Get up close and personal with the many animals that call the Texas Gulf Coast home at the Texas State Aquarium. Watch a live educational demonstration with otters and dolphins, feed and touch a stingray, and see four species of sea turtles swimming in a lagoon. Along with all the aquatic critters, you’ll meet the majestic residents of Eagle Pass, including Grace – a bald eagle – and Cowboy – a crested caracara.
2710 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
(361) 881-1200

Texas Surf Museum
With hundreds of miles of coastline, Texas has as much claim to being a surfer’s paradise as anywhere else in the country. Texans have surfed the Lone Star State’s scenic shores for decades, a history that can be explored at the Texas Surf Museum. Check out the exhibits that relate the general history of surfing - and Texas’ unique part of that story – and catch a film in the projection theater. If you’re a surfing enthusiast, or you want to see a unique Corpus Christi attraction, pay a visit to the Texas Surf Museum.
309 North Water Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 882-2364

USS Lexington
Pass over Corpus Christi’s Harbor Bridge and you’ll see a massive grey behemoth moored just a stone’s throw away from the shoreline. That behemoth is the USS Lexington, an Essex-class aircraft carrier that played a key role in battles across the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Today, the warship is a massive museum full of educational exhibits of uniforms, vintage aircraft, pictures, and more that tell the story of the ship and her crew. Five distinct areas of the ship can be toured, including the flight deck and the lower decks, giving you a sense of the Lexington’s size and scale. The ship is open year-round and guided tours are available.
2914 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
(361) 888-4873

Whataburger Field
Get your peanuts and cracker jacks and watch up-and-coming baseball talent at the state-of-the-art Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Hooks are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros and play about 70 games at Whataburger Field between April 7 and Aug. 29. Tickets are available on the Corpus Christi Hooks’ website.
734 E Port Avenue
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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