Art, animals, and history, oh my! Corpus Christi is home to various attractions suitable for all ages and interests. Whether you're wanting a deep dive into military history at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay or looking to get inspired at the Art Museum of South Texas, we invite you to coast your own way in Corpus Christi on your next vacation.
Plunge into an adventure that inspires visitors of all ages. With playful dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and many more sea creatures from all over the world, education and entertainment go hand in hand. Learn about marine conservation and immerse yourself in underwater worlds in the 4D theater.
The Texas State Aquarium strongly recommends guests 10 and older wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about what the Texas State Aquarium is doing to keep you safe here.
Tranquility floods your senses in Corpus Christi’s botanical gardens where nature and art intertwine. Discover a collection of more than 2,500 different orchids, admire the fragrant rose garden and pavilion, and meet the butterflies, reptiles and parrots that call this place home.
Get outdoors and see the outdoor floral gardens and exhibits, Butterfly House, and Orchid Conservatory. Gaze out from the birding tower and socially distance on the wetland boardwalk.
For the health and safety of guests, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center requires guests 3 years and older to wear a face covering while indoors only.
Past meets present aboard the USS Lexington, a World War II–era Essex Class aircraft carrier that has earned a second life as a family-friendly museum. Step aboard the “Blue Ghost” to learn about its naval history, experience the flight simulator and 3D theater, and explore dark corridors and colossal compartments on a self-guided tour.
The USS Lexington Museum does not require face-coverings for guests, volunteers or crew, but does request that visitors who are unvaccinated wear a face-covering.
Explore 500 years of South Texas history, from early explorers and colonizers to notorious shipwrecks — including La Belle that sank more than three centuries ago. Set on a picturesque harbor, this nearly 100,000-square-foot space also enriches young scientists with interactive displays.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear a face-covering while indoors. Electronic tickets are encouraged and can be purchased online at: www.ccmuseum.com.
Dive into art at this world-class museum whose architecture is just as stunning as the pieces inside. And situated along the waterfront, you'll find inspiration at every angle here. Don't forget to enjoy a delicious meal at Elizabeth's at the Art Museum -- you might even spot a dolphin and vessels during your lunch or dinner!
The Padre Island National Seashore offers more than 130,000 acres of dunes, grasslands, and beaches – a national park and a haven for all sorts of family-friendly activities. The park is an untouched paradise of federally-protected wildlife that's also the largest undeveloped barrier island in the world.
And afterward, be sure to grab a bite at one of the many restaurants that call the Island home.
If you're looking for even more beaches to visit during your stay, check out a number of beaches within driving distance.
The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center is an expansive, 162-acre nature preserve dedicated to furthering knowledge of the flora and fauna of South Texas. Come and explore four miles of nature viewing trails and walk away with a newfound experience and understanding of the importance of protecting the wetlands for future generations.
Embark on a journey across Corpus Christi and explore what makes us the Gulf Coast Capital! From Tex-Mex Tours to haunted excursions and Art Tours, come see what makes our city so bold and colorful. Reservations are required, so be sure to call and reserve your seat!
Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours is offering guided tours in the official tour vehicle but will make arrangements with guests who prefer to not to travel in the same vehicle. Learn more about the safety precautions and offerings of Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours here.
All aboard! Sail away into the Corpus Christi Marina and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gulf Coast. The ride on this 50-foot, open-air touring boat is BYOB -- and be sure to check out the gift shop, Cathy's Boutique, after grabbing lunch along the water at Harrison's Landing, which houses the boat tours and boutique!
Get ready to shop till' you drop! This mall features the most popular national retailers and specialty shops in central Corpus Christi. They even have tons of murals and local art showcased in and around the premises. With over 100 shops and eateries, La Palmera is the premier shopping and dining destination of the Coastal Bend. To ensure your safety, Hand sanitizing stations are located at each entrance with safety guidelines posted throughout the mall.
The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority! For all information during your time in our coastal city, head on over to the Visitor Info Center, now located in Water Street Market in downtown Corpus Christi! You can also contact our Visitor Center staff with any questions, open daily from 9AM-5PM