2787 - Hwy 361
Ingleside, TX 78362
Phone: (361) 775-2000
Fax: (361) 775-1230
Want to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of urban chaos? A Visit to the N.O. Simmons Park, located right in the heart of the city, is sure to rejuvenate your senses and soothe your frayed nerves. This exotic recreational park offers ample relaxation avenues to one and all. People of all ages will love the bevy of special events that are held here from time to time. Attend cultural dos and festivities as well as community events at this venue. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more details.
Known as "Port A" to locals, residents of this small beach community declare that they are running on "island time," that is to say, a slower pace of life. Visiting this mostly touristy port, you will agree that life tends to slow down just a bit on a the beach. Located just a few minutes outside downtown Corpus Christi, the three main activities to do here are birdin', fishin' and loungin'. There are various small hotels, motels and inns through out the city along with a few modest--and not so modest summer homes that are frequented by snowbirds from the north looking for a place to warm up.
This retired aircraft carrier was once used as a training facility but is now a floating museum. Resting pleasantly on Corpus Christi Bay, this impressive ship is a sight to see from the coast. There is a free shuttle that takes you from land all the way up a long ramp to the ships hangar entrance. Aboard the ship you will be able to explore the flight deck, the control and navigation rooms and even the captain's quarters. Also on the ship is an extensive World War II and Pearl Harbor exhibit. Be sure to drop by the theater to catch some authentic military footage and exceptional documentaries. The gift shop is a must for souvenirs and military memorabilia.
One of the cities main attractions, the Texas State Aquarium is a family favorite. Located on Corpus Christi Bay right next to the entrance to the USS Lexington, the aquarium is a great refuge from the heat of a typical Texas summer day. Exhibits change occasionally featuring exotic sea life and local specimens. Interactive aquariums are a kids favorite as well as the dolphin training demonstrations throughout the day. Dining facilities and a children's playground are available. Check website for varying hours.
Located at the northern end of Shoreline Boulevard, this park contains a large part of the city's attractions, all in one convenient place. Here you will find the South Texas Museum of Art with it's iconic pyramid structures on the roof; the American Bank Center where all the big names come to give concerts; the Harbor Playhouse, the Harbor Playhouse and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. Also in the summer the Watergarden pumps water all around the entire circular structure and is a welcome retreat from the sweltering heat.
This building was designed by Philip Johnson, and is made of poured concrete. This 3-level structure stands majestically by the sea, and houses an interesting permanent collection and an always changing temporary exhibition. Most pieces are American contemporary and include paintings and sculptures. Be sure to look up, some glass sculptures hang from the ceiling! For the little ones there is a children's play area located downstairs. If art makes you hungry, step into the elegant Dobson cafe for a light lunch.
Along with the Harbor Bridge, the Watergarden is considered one of the iconic landmarks of the city. The circular structure has fountains all around the circumference, water cascades down several steps where there is a large patch of grass. It is particularly stunning at night when it is lit up with a glowing golden light. The perfect place to cool down during the summer, it is also a popular spot for wedding ceremonies.
For an educational day out with the kids, visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, located in Bayfront Park in just across from the Art Museum of South Texas. What really draws visitors to this museum are the replicas of the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria; the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed when he arrived in the Americas. Guided tours of the ships are available every hour and are included in the price of admission. Please note that the ships are not wheelchair accessible, reduced priced tickets are available for those with limited mobility. Aside from the ships, the museum exhibits a number of historical photographs and artifacts, some dating back to precolumbian times. There is even a special section of the museum dedicated to the history of Corpus Christi.
Located in beautiful Bayfront Park, the Harbor Playhouse consists of over 250 volunteers and actors that put on about four productions each year. Since 1925 it has been entertaining the citizens and visitors of the city. Performances include contemporary drama, musicals and comedies. Aside from plays, the theater has special events scheduled throughout the year. One of the most popular is the annual Halloween open house featuring actors dressed as ghosts and goblins. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, so it is a great opportunity to catch a bit of culture for a bargain.
Unexpectedly located in the heart of the Texas coastline, the Texas State Asian Cultures Museum exhibits pieces of art and furniture from India, China Sri Lanka, Laos and many more Asian countries. On the Second floor you will find the education center which is aimed towards teaching children about Asian cultures through costumes, storytelling and crafts. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
On a breezy summer evening, with the sun setting behind the Corpus Christi skyline, nothing is better than a walk down the promenade while eating a snow cone. Built along the sea wall of Corpus Christi Bay, the promenade attracts walkers, runners in-line skaters and families to cool down and take in the sea air.
The largest of the gazebo-like structures that dot the length of Shoreline Promenade, it is dedicated to Corpus Christi most beloved citizen Selena Quintanilla. The Tejano superstar's is immortalized in a bronze statue and a large white rose sculpture; the memorial is also known as Mirador de la Flor. Many of her fans come to pay their respects and to write special messages on the walls of the memorial. For serious Selena fans there is also the Selena Museum, Selena's grave and Selena's Boutique. Located on the promenade right next to People's Street T-Head.