Corpus Christi Visitors Guide

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi is the second most popular vacation spot in the State of Texas and has much to offer the tourists.  You will find beautiful scenery and plenty to do in Corpus Christi.  Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi offers boating, swimming, sunbathing, fishing and more.

gazebo on the bay in Corpus Christ
There are several waterfront gazebos to enjoy.

With a metropolitan population of over 500,000, the city grows considerably with the "Winter Texans" who stay in the area during the winter months enjoying the mild climate of Corpus Christi, Texas.

biking along the shore in Corpus Chiristi

Corpus Christi was named after the feast day celebrating the "Body of Christ." The city's name is Latin for Body of Christ. The city started originally as a frontier trading post in 1838 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney and founded by him in 1839.

The Battle of Corpus Christi was fought between August 12 and August 18 1862, during the American Civil War. United States Navy forces blockading Texas fought a small land and sea engagement with Confederate forces in and around Corpus Christi Bay and bombarded the city. Union forces defeated Confederate States Navy ships operating in the area, but were repulsed when they landed on the coast.

beach at Corpus Christi, Texas  Corpus Christi, Texas shore and skyline
Corpus Christi Beach Area and Shoreline

Corpus Christi is located about 144 miles from San Antonio, approximately 215 miles from Austin and Houston, and 413 miles from Dallas.   That is just a short distance to travel to enjoy a year-round outdoor recreation haven like Corpus Christi with all that it has to offer.

beach at Corpus Christi, Texas


Everyone love the beaches....

Swimming is great at the beaches!

You will find miles and miles of wide, spacious beaches with surfs ideal for swimming and wading. Get a great tan sunbathing on the beaches.


boats and  shoreline at Corpus Christi, Texas


Fishing is great in Corpus Christi....

Fishermen will find ample opportunities to enjoy their hobby at Corpus Christi. You can fish from the public piers, the beaches, bulkheads, or go on a chartered fishing cruise.


Enjoy nature at its finest....

They say that pelicans are the best friends of the fishermen.

Nature lovers will find plenty to observe with the seagulls, pelicans, cranes and other sea birds. You can also enjoy watching the dolphins frolic along the coast.


Pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico in Corpus Christi, Texas


Want to enjoy some great seafood?

Corpus Christi has all kinds of restaurants, but the seafood is extra special.

Some restaurants have waterfront locations with great views of the water, birds, and boating activity while you dine.

Joe's Crab Shack and Landry's Seafood are just two of the restaurants to enjoy.


jJoes Crab Shack

Landrys Seafood


beach in Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico


Tourist Attractions in the Area:

USS  Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas
USS Lexington
Art Museum in Corpus Christi
The Corpus Christi Art Center

U.S.S. Lexington - Museum on the Bay - Corpus Christi
One of the top 10 attractions in the state!

Padre Island National Seashore 
The largest undeveloped barrier island in the continental United States.

Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi
Observe dive shows and feeding demonstrations of the fish.

Funtrackers Amusement Park
The family fun center - go karts, miniture golf, bumper boats and more.

Port of Corpus Christi
The fifth largest port in the United States.

Corpus Christi Symphony
Whether is is Bronfman, Bell, Brahms, or Beethoven, the CCSO is where music lives!

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
World-Renowned Artists with World Class Music

Harbor Playhouse
Harbor Playhouse truly presents exceptional works of art by the community for the community.

Old Concrete StreetAmphitheater
The best place to catch any kind of live music in the city.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
This 21,000-acre lake was formed by damming the Nueces River.

Mustang Island State Park - Mustang Island
This 3,700-acre state park has 48 campsites and 1 1/2 miles of beach camping.

Fulton Mansion - State Historic Site - Fulton 
This 16 room French Second Empire architecture mansion was built in 1877.

Texas Maritime Museum - Rockport
Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Lone Star State.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
From reptiles to explorers, children to adults, there is something for everyone at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Tour this 180-acre site along Oso Creek.

Dolphin Connection - Ingleside
View dolphins in their natural habitat in Corpus Christi Bay.

Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track
Enjoy one of the best Greyhound race tracks in Texas.

Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Events and performances at the Performing Arts Center

Corpus Christi Hooks
AA Affiliate of Houston Astros

King Ranch - Kingsville

Fishing Lake Corpus Christi
Located 20 miles NE of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Sailing Club
The Corpus Christi Sailing Club is an active boating community on the waterfront of downtown Corpus Christi.

Wild Eye Charters
Airboat rides and fishing charters out of Port Aransas


boats docked at Corpus Christi

Things to do in Corpus Christi:

  • The beaches offer perfect swimming and sunbathing
  • Take a boating tour or cruise 
  • Windsurfing, kite boarding, and scuba diving
  • Nature watching and photography
  • Fishing from the piers, the beach or a fishing charter boat
  • Shopping at the local tourist stores
  • Dining at the waterfront seafood restaurants
  • Touring the area on a rented bike
  • Strolling along the beach and out on the piers
  • Visit Art Centers and Museums
  • Corpus Christi Scenic Drive
  • For a listing of Corpus Christi Golf Courses - Click Here



Scenic Cruises and Boat Tours:

Corpus Christi harbor ferry
Harbor Ferry

Flagship out of Corpus Christ, Texas
Tour boat at Corpus Christi

Woody's Sports Center - Birdwatching & Nature Tours - Port Aransas, Texas
Woody's Sports Center offers the best in bird watching in the Port Aransas area of the coast. They have the perfect boat for observing the water birds of this area. Cruise along the wetland shore line and observe Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills, Gulls, etc.

Fisherman's Wharf 
Party boats, family boat trips, bird watching tours, and charter fishing. Includes map, rates, and birding schedule. Home of the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat.


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sailboat in the bay at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas offers sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the surf, fishing, fishing guides, boat tours, and fishing tours. Galveston also has shopping, sight seeing, tourist attractions, seafood restaurants, historic buildings, surfing and more. Swim in the gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi.

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