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! 

1. 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.


2. 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.



3. 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 and spectators can appreciate the view from the Corpus Christi Marina


4. Heritage Park

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.


5. 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!


6. Cole Park

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.


7. 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.


8. Corpus Christi Marina

Right in Downtown Corpus Christi, the Marina is home to a variety of boats and the Wednesday Night Sailboat Regatta featuring fantastic views from the L-Head. The Marina is also home to several waterfront restaurants.


9. First Friday ArtWalk

At ArtWalk, held on the first Friday of every month by the Downtown Management District, you’ll find artists, musicians, and all things creative in the Marina Arts District, as downtown comes alive with bands on every block, food trucks serving up South Texas fare, and art galleries featuring local and national artists. Then, once a year, head to Music Walk, a two-day event presented by the Corpus Christi Film Commission that broadens the scope of ArtWalk, bringing in even more music and fun to local downtown venues. Enjoy a block party, lots of great music, food trucks, and more. 


10. Downtown Farmers’ Market

For a shopping moment, head to the Farmer’s Markets for local goods. These markets are held throughout the city on different days and deliver a unique atmosphere with live music and various food options. Be sure to arrive early for the best selections of locally grown ingredients, handmade goods, flowers, and more. Choose from Southside, Downtown Grow Local, and Water Street Markets for the best selections. 


11. 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!


12. Sea Turtle Releases

Enjoy sea turtle releases on Whitecap Beach or Mustang Island from the Texas Sealife Center, a center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of coastal wildlife. Throughout the year, the center orchestrates several releases, where rehabilitated marine animals are joyously returned to their natural habitats. From sea turtles to seabirds, each release is a celebration of successful rehabilitation efforts and a testament to the center's commitment to environmental conservation. Before planning your visit, be sure to check the center’s social media channels for real-time updates on upcoming releases. There is an admission fee to explore the Sealife Center, but the opportunity to witness a release is complimentary.


13. Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center

This 162-acre wetlands are a nature preserve but also a fun and interactive learning center dedicated to understanding the importance of protecting our wetlands for the future and makes a great outdoor activity for the entire family.


14. 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.


15.  Corpus Christi Mural & Art Trail 

Take a free outdoor art tour of Corpus Christi, Texas and see unique murals and sculptures created by local artists throughout downtown and Padre Island. Enjoy this self-guided journey and earn prizes along the way!