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 our national park
The most significant undeveloped barrier island in the world is 30 miles south of Mustang Island State Park. 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, it’s an untouched paradise of federally-protected wildlife.
Learn a new skill at the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures
The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center offers a variety of family-friendly classes! Whether it's learning how to make mochi, onigiri, or even origami, this museum welcomes you to a new experience and the chance to learn from the experts. They even have Japanese conversation table sessions, Japanese language classes, calligraphy workshops, and an exhibition of Asian artifacts from around the world on view.
Visit a brand new whiskey library
Nueces Whiskey Library is a new bar offering a curated list of whiskeys and delicious dishes. Coast on over and enjoy a dimly-lit space and cozy ambiance surrounded by live music, books, and good vibes in the city's Bayfront neighborhood.
Take a stroll through Antique Lane
Cozied up into the small triangle made by Alameda and Avalon Streets, a small old-school strip shopping center serves as a one-stop trove of untold treasures and delightful discoveries. It's been dubbed Corpus Christi's Antique Lane and houses a solid row of antique, thrift and vintage dealers. A trip to this strip could easily take a few hours, so plan to spend the day exploring! And afterward, get yourself some lunch at a local restaurant.
Learn about animal conservation at the Texas Sealife Center
A safe haven for animals in need in the Coastal Bend, this non-profit primarily works to rehabilitate and rescue injured turtles, birds, and native reptiles. Not only can you call them if you see an animal in need, but you can also take a tour of their facility. The center is even home to a variety of native plant species and has become a certified butterfly habitat. Come take a tour Wednesday-Saturday and walk their nature trail, meet their sea turtle patients, and peruse the gift shop!
Swim with Sharks
Where else can you swim safely with the guaranteed chance of seeing sandbar sharks, stingrays, and eels? The Texas State Aquarium offers a rare and educational opportunity to get up close and personal with sea life from the safety of a snorkeling cage that can hold up to 5 guests. See the world from a new perspective while also supporting the aquarium's conservation efforts. The best part is no prior experience is required to snorkel with the sharks here!