So you think you know this city? Are you ready to earn your graduate degree in all-things Corpus Christi? Everyone knows what’s to love, with over 100 miles of gulf shore and bayside beaches ringing our Coastal Bend, not to mention an average year-round temperature of 72.15°. But do you know what else makes this city so special?

Legend of Billie Jean

Funny thing about this kids-vs.-adults cult movie classic from 1985 (shot entirely in a golden mid-1980s Corpus Christi, Texas) is that it still makes the rounds in the revival theaters. (We’re looking at youAlamo Drafthouse!)

Sunrise Escalator
photo by Visit Corpus Christi

This teen flick starring Helen and Christian Slater (no relation, but playing brother and sister roles) lays it on thick, with spot-on fashion, music and best of all: the mall! The current interior of Sunrise Mall, where the big climactic escalator chase scene is shot, still looks like it did when crop tops, cut offs and hi-top sneakers roamed the Earth.

Sunrise Sign
photo by Visit Corpus Christi

Check out some of the other Terrific Things Corpus Christi Gave the World in More Trip Ideas before you plan your trip to the Coastal Bend!