Tripadvisor.com, one of the world’s most popular travel sites, has accumulated plenty of advice and input from people who’ve visited Corpus Christi. And they have lots of wonderful things to say about their top-chosen attractions! Some of their favorites – and ours – are included below:
This floating museum was the most highly decorated aircraft carrier in World War II (it was retired after 48 years of service, longer than any other ship in the U.S. Navy). Sometimes called “Blue Ghost,” this 16-story ship showcases a variety of military artifacts and more than a dozen vintage aircraft. Visitors can explore most every corner of the ship and even try their hand at a flight simulation.
This company allows visitors to “Discover our seashore in a whole new way.” Instead of an ordinary walk along the beach (which in itself is a great experience!), try this unique way of seeing the amazing coastline of Corpus Christi. Groups, kids and beginners are all welcome, and riding lessons are also available for those not yet confident riding a horse.
Part of the National Park Service, this is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. A 15-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi takes you to this 70-mile stretch of white sand beach, sand dunes and, of course, the ocean. It’s also a great place for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and bird-watching. It’s no surprise that this is a popular spot for birders – there are more than 380 species of bird that call Padre Island National Seashore home!
Located in Port Aransas overlooking the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, this spot is also very popular among bird watchers. Weekly guided tours are offered free for those who want to learn the art of birding (Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.) and visitors who don’t mind the proximity can also see alligators (named Boots and Bags) sunning themselves on the water’s edge. You’ll find plenty of beautiful plant life on the property, many varieties of which attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
5. Texas State Aquarium More than 300 species of aquatic life are on display at Texas State Aquarium, one of Corpus Christi’s most popular visitor attractions. Since its opening in 1900, the Aquarium has welcomed more than 10 million visitors! Don’t miss the stingray lagoon or the Dolphin Bay Underwater Room – a 400,000-gallon saltwater exhibit. This attraction also provides a number of classes, programs, camps, and opportunities to help promote conservation, as its mission is not just to entertain but to educate. Texas State Aquarium is located on North Beach just a few minutes from downtown.
The mission of the Museum is “…to immerse children of all ages into real-world challenges and exploration.” You find opportunities to do just that in exhibits and collections that depict and explain the culture of South Texas. Some of those exhibits and collections include a shipwreck from 1554, replicas of ships used for Columbus’s voyage to America, artifacts from the history of the region, specially designed kids’ activities and much more. The Museum is located in the SEA district at 1900 N. Chaparrale Street.
There’s more to see and do in Corpus Christi than you could possible experience in a lifetime. Stay tuned to our blog for more posts about activities and attractions we think you’ll find entertaining, educational, interesting – or just plain fun!