Without a doubt, there are tons of things to see and do when visiting Corpus Christi. However, did you know there are many fun and interesting things to do that are completely free? Be sure to add a few of these points of interest to your list of things to do while you are here in the Gulf Coast Capital!
Art Center Corpus Christi
A venue for many of our local and regional artists to exhibit and sell art, the Art Center also provides all levels of art-making education including art classes, family art time, and art camp.
K Space Contemporary
As the oldest alternative art space in the Coastal Bend, K Space Contemporary provides a home for artists whose works are experimental, non-commercial and often require unusual installation.
Wednesday Night Sailboat Regatta Races
Get those cameras out! Sailboat regattas are held every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. on the Corpus Christi Bay; spectators can appreciate the view from the Corpus Christi Marina!
A walking tour of 12 historic homes, many of which are recorded Texas Historical Landmarks, highlights the rich history and architecture of some of the earliest residents of Corpus Christi. Heritage Park is near popular attractions like the Art Museum of South Texas and the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center.
Hazel Bazemore Park
Hazel Bazemore Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of migrating raptors. Located on the Nueces River it also includes picnic facilities, swimming and fishing along the river. Check out the huge birding platform for a great view!
The perfect spot for the entire family, this 43-acre park located along Corpus Christi Bay includes a play area, skatepark, lighted fishing pier, BBQ grills and an open amphitheater featuring live music every Thursday and an outdoor family movie every Friday throughout the summer.
Corpus Christi Downtown Seawall
Stretching from the Art Museum of South Texas to McGee Beach this 1.5 mile Seawall boasts an amazing view of the bay and is perfect for a leisurely stroll, running, bike riding or rollerblading. But make sure you stop to visit “The Journey through the Solar System” exhibit as well as the eight Miradores, the Spanish name for these gazebo-like structures located along the seawall.
Corpus Christi Marina
Right in Downtown Corpus Christi, the Marina is home to a variety of boats as well as several waterfront restaurants. Also home to the Wednesday Night Sailboat Regatta featuring fantastic views from the L-Head.
First Friday ArtWalk
On the first Friday of every month, you’ll find artists, musicians and all things creative converge in the Marina Arts District. It's where Downtown comes alive with bands on every block, food trucks serving up South Texas fare and art galleries featuring local and national artists. Take in the free live music and local flavors outside, find a nice watering hole to duck into for a quick drink, or grab a bite to eat.
Downtown Farmers’ Market
GROW Local South Texas presents the Downtown Farmers' Market located at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Enjoy fresh local produce along with Corpus Christi food trucks, live music and a beautiful view from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. every Wednesday!
Padre Island Beaches
From North Packery Beach to the Padre Island National Seashore lies miles of both fun and relaxing sandy beaches. For those active beachgoers, the Padre Island Seawall and Whitecap Beach are just a few of the great spots along the beaches of North Padre Island. For the complete guide to gulf and bay beaches, visit our beach page!
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatching Release
The nesting area for this endangered sea turtle is the Padre Island National Seashore. The turtle eggs are incubated here on the beach and when the hatchlings are ready to be released they are open to the public to view. Be sure to tell the rangers at the gate that you are there for the hatchling release.
Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center
This 162-acre wetlands is a nature preserve but also a fun and interactive learning center dedicated to understanding the importance of protecting our wetlands for the future. A great outdoor activity for the entire family.
Selena Memorial – Mirador De La Flor
This memorial to Selena Quintanilla-Perez is a life-size bronze statue of the ‘Queen of Tejano Music’ sculpted by a local Corpus Christi artist to honor her life and music. Snap a selfie with La Reina herself as you dance to Selena’s music, playing throughout the Mirador.