With new years come new adventures, and the Gulf Coast Capital is filled with them. From brand new businesses to longstanding establishments and attractions, here is a round-up of new places or new-to-you activities to try in Corpus Christi this year!

Visit the Center for Wildlife Rescue at the Texas State Aquarium 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the treatment and rehabilitation of marine mammals, raptors, shorebirds, and sea turtles at the largest coastal wildlife rescue facility in Texas. This new state-of-the-art hospital offers services ranging from providing a safe, temporary refuge to acute medical care, and includes an interpretive gallery, an emergency operations center, and the only CAT scan used specifically for wildlife in Texas. Access to the rescue center is included in your General Admission ticket, so make sure to stop by between the hours of 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM and see the rescue center while learning about conservation and sustainability efforts. 


Grab a paddle and hit the courts for some pickleball action

Experience the thrill of pickleball where adrenaline meets the combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Whether you prefer the outdoor breeze or indoor action, this rapidly growing sport is a great fast-paced activity for players of all levels. The Al Kruse Tennis and Pickleball Center invites players to grab their paddles and join the excitement with 10 dedicated outdoor pickleball courts. Visitors can enjoy open play, lessons for beginner and intermediate players, or even join tournaments. The Corpus Christi Athletic Club offers intro clinics that delve into technique, drilling, and match play strategy, or you can just head over for open play on Friday evenings where players of all levers gather for matches on the indoor courts. This is free for members or $25 + tax for non-members.  


Satisfy your cravings with a new culinary adventure 

All roads lead to El Camino and if you’re looking for elevated Tex-Mex cuisine, late-night bites, and unique cocktails downtown, then you’re in the right place! Coast over to Water Street Market's newest establishment after visiting the Visitor Info Center nearby!

Enjoy Italian flavors at Southside gem Odi’s Pizzeria and Restaurant where tradition and quality meet and create a menu of Naples-style pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and more crafted with high-quality ingredients from Italy, including San Marzano imported tomatoes.

Wine and dine at Fork and Vines in the city’s Santa Fe area and choose from an extensive selection of wines from around the world paired with one of their delicious multi-cultural dishes. For a taste of the city’s newest bar scene, head to The Annex, where craft cocktails, trivia nights, movie screenings, and live events await. Cozy up at Flour Bluff's Tea by the Sea where over 56 varieties of organic, fair trade loose-leaf teas await. Pair your mug of herbal bliss with heart-healthy foods, from scones and quiche to salads and charcuteries, all prepared with a commitment to no-fry cooking and no canned goods.


Unleash your artistic talents with an art class

Explore your artistic side with a new art class at the Art Center of Corpus Christi offering a perfect balance of creativity and skill development. From mastering your drawing, oil, and acrylic painting skills to delving into the world of pottery and clay making, there are plenty of classes to choose from. Coast on over and unleash your creativity with a world of artistic possibilities.


Experience the magic of the city with a glow in the dark bike ride tour 

Get ready to explore Corpus Christi in a unique and memorable way with the Glow in the Dark Bike Ride Tour. Whether you’re looking for a scenic morning ride or a thrilling night ride through the city, the enthusiastic tour guides and one-of-a-kind plasma LED lights make for a truly unforgettable experience. Choose from a range of themes and routes and hop on for the perfect way to discover something Corpus Christi in a new light.  

Coast on over and embrace the spirit of the New Year by exploring new things to do in Corpus Christi.

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