Discover fun Thanksgiving week activities for the whole family in Corpus Christi. Coast over and savor the coastal city life with a delightful array of free things to do, from festive holiday lights to scenic parks and beautiful beaches.

Check out the holiday lights and décor downtown.

Family photo ops are in full swing as Downtown Corpus Christi gears up for a festive season. Head to La Retama Park for a close-up view of the 18-foot holiday tree adorned with 700 lights, 250 ornaments, and a hanging ornament sky.

Then, head to Artesian Park, one of the oldest parks in Texas, for a stroll under the colorful lights and hang out in the gazebo while enjoying the coastal breeze. The beauty of holiday décor extends to downtown businesses as they battle to be crowned the mayor’s “Merriest Business of Downtown Corpus Christi.” Come see the creativity displayed with lights, window displays, painted decorations, and more.  


Take a stroll in the park.

Enjoy the crisp autumn air as you explore some of the city’s scenic parks. Spend some time at Cole Park, a spacious, family-friendly park on Ocean Dr. and enjoy a waterfront playground, an amphitheater, lush greenery, and a walking/cycling trail.

Head to the Southside for a 162-acre nature haven offering 4 miles of scenic trails at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve, or explore a 1-mile nature trail, an 800-foot boardwalk, and iconic birdwatching at Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge.  


Spend time at the beach.

Fall in Corpus Christi is a great time to embrace over 100 miles of Corpus Christi’s beachfront beauty with perfect temps and without the crowds. Enjoy the warm sun, gentle sea breeze, and the soothing sound of waves with stunning Gulf views. Whether you’re relaxing on the plush sand or enjoying a scenic walk along the sandy shores, Corpus Christi beaches in the fall provide the idyllic setting for a relaxing and memorable getaway.


Explore the Seawall.

Located along Shoreline Blvd., this waterfront promenade is perfect for jogging, biking, leisurely strolling along the 1.5-mile path, or catching a sunrise or sunset while enjoying breathtaking views of the water. Visitors can also rent bikes or motorized scooters and head to McGee Beach or explore the “Journey Through Our Solar System” exhibit.

Hang out in one of the Miradores, including the Mirador de la Flor, a life-sized bronze statue of Selena, sculpted to resemble her stage presence as she overlooks Corpus Christi Bay. Make sure to stop by People’s St. T-Head and check out Norma Urban Park’s new seasonal redesign complete with a colorful ground mural, new park seating, shaded awnings, hammocks, and photo ops.