There’s no better way to relax than to channel your inner nature lover and become one with Mother Nature. Thankfully, Corpus Christi has no shortage of flora and fauna within reach. Take some time for yourself and recharge in the peace and quiet of the Coastal Bend.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Take time to stop and smell the roses on your Corpus Christi vacation! At the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, you can do just that and experience a unique blend of colorful, exotic floral exhibits as well. Step into the world of nature with a journey into the breathtaking Butterfly House, a walk around the shaded Brennecke Nature Trail, or stroll through the scenic wetlands boardwalk! Binoculars and cameras welcome!


Padre Island National Seashore

Visit the vast beaches, pristine sand dunes and coastal prairies on the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. From April to mid-July, Padre Island is one of the few places in the world people can experience a release of newly-hatched Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The Padre Island National Seashore is one of the few places where one can still feel truly in touch with nature whether watching the hatchlings begin their journey into the Gulf or simply enjoying the quiet and solitude under a starlight-filled sky.  


Texas State Aquarium

After your family trip to the beach, get familiar with the aquatic species swimming beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. The thrill of petting a shark’s tough skin, feeling the tingling tube feet of a sea star, and holding a live conch will create lasting memories for years to come!

After all that communing with nature, stop for a bite at one of Corpus Christi’s many restaurants with a  view and appreciate the fine balance of nature and luxury. To find out more about the coolest nature escapes in Corpus Christi, stop by the Visitor Information Center and grab a complimentary point of interest map.