Corpus Christi is a coastal town located in southeast Texas and is a great spot for an authentic beach vacation. Travelers and locals alike can look forward to a humid subtropical climate, as well as small islands just off the coast and breathtaking views and sights by the seaside. Thousands flock here each year from other parts of Texas and across the United States for some Texas-styled island fun.
The city is home to a number of popular destinations for both tourists and residents, and some of the most visited attractions are located on North Beach, but there are activities and sights sprinkled across the city. Most of the attractions are centered around the area's sea-exploration spirit, so travelers can expect to be blown away by the Texas State Aquarium which is filled with exotic, endangered or just incredibly beautiful sea creatures. There's also The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge on Oso Bay, Redfish Bay for world-class fishing and the nearby Pharaoh's golf course. The USS Lexington is another popular site, and is well-known not just for its history, but also for its appearance in the set for the 2000 film Pearl Harbor. Corpus Christi's museum district is located near the USS Lexington, travelers can look forward to places like the Museum of Asian Cultures, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Hurricane Alley Waterpark, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and the Harbor Playhouse Theatre, one of the oldest continually operating community theaters in Texas. Heritage Park is also in the museum district, where a number of older restored houses can be found and the district is also home to skyscrapers such as One Shoreline Plaza, local restaurants, various shops, a popular center of marinas, and Mirador de la Flor. And of course, many visitors stop at the Texas Surf Museum, which explores the history of surfing and focuses on surf culture along Texas' 367-mile coast, as well as K Space Contemporary, a nonprofit art organization presenting local, regional and national contemporary art. For a more diverse plunge into the Texas coastline, visitors can also visit Padre Island and Mustang Island which are both directly east of Corpus Christi, and offer even more historic sites, shops and museums to explore. If you visit South Padre Island, be sure to make the trek to the Padre Island National Seashore and the nearby Laguna Madre.
Popular Campgrounds and State Parks
Camping during a visit to Corpus Christi is definitely the best way to go. Travelers can only truly enjoy the beauty and excitement of the city as much as the locals do, but keeping their feet close to the ground and hands close to the flora and fauna. Luckily, there's a ton of excellent camping choices in and around the city.
One of the best local campgrounds is located in Aransas Pass and is an excellent place to fully enjoy the charm of this coastal city. Camp Coyoacan is named after the district in Mexico City, Nahuatl for “Place of Coyotes," and is an urban boutique campground that offers a different experience on the already beloved island. RVers can look forward to extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable staff, excellent amenities and nearby attractions such as Redfish Bay, dolphin-watching tours, Conn Brown Harbor Park and the Aransas Queen Casino. Onsite, campers can enjoy bike rentals, tent bungalows, yurks, Adirondack chairs, fire pits, pool access, restrooms, showers and the Big Deck which is a fun spot to pause for a second and enjoy amazing views of the Texas coastline. With tons to do in a beautiful and endearing neighborhood, Camp Coyoacan sees a lot of traffic each year so be sure to book early.
One of the city's most popular public campgrounds is the Mustang Island State Park. There, travelers can look forward to breathtaking sites near the beach with plenty of space for picnics and sand volleyball games on the sand, water for swimming and surfing, and regions just off the beach for hiking, birding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and geocaching. Visitors can also paddle the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail, and visit local attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington, Port Aransas and the Copano Fishing Pier. The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Padre Island National Seashore and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are also very close to the park so campers will always have something to do and enjoy! The park offers great amenities such as picnic tables, outdoor grills, water hookup, 50 amp sites, shade shelter and restrooms nearby.
Corpus Christi is about 3 hours from Austin the music capital of the world, but is also known for its music landscape. Travelers can look forward to the area's mix of talents and genres, often spotting the coastline on weekend evenings. There's also the Corpus Christi Food Truck Summer Fest, Arts Alive local art exhibition, Bucaneer Days Carnival and the Annual Mandela Day Celebration. There's also the A La Mano Food Truck Fridays, rotating photography and art seminars and discounted days at the Botanical Gardens each summer for nature enthusiasts to get a chance to freely enjoy some of the area's most notable flora and fauna.
Places to Eat
As a seaside city, Corpus Christi enjoys excellent ocean-inspired restaurants and craft eateries, all filled with the flavors and styles of the Mexican and Texas locals. Some camper favorites include: Blackbeard's On the Beach, Republic of Texas Bar & Grill, Water Street Seafood Company and the Yardarm Restaurant. Favorites among the town's locals are Catfish Charlie's, Yo Philly Cheese Steaks, Hoegemeyer's Barbeque Barn and Ginger Cafe.
History and Landmarks
Corpus Christi is steeped in Mexican culture and is a great spot for exploring the way this part of the Hispanic spectrum has mixed with the traditional southern heritage and the trappings of a US coastal town. Travelers can look forward to historic and cultural landmarks sprinkled across the city, including the popular Selena Memorial Statue, Padre Balli Park, the Selena museum and the Texas Surf Museum. There's also the Texas Sealife Center, Water Street Art Gallery, Tejano Civil Rights Museum, Artesian Park and the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center. Campers can expect to fall in love with Corpus Christi even more after visiting these landmarks, so make sure to spend some time appreciating them when you go. They're part of the true Texas treasure.