Corpus Christi is the ideal place for a seaside getaway, with plenty of beachfront for vacationers to enjoy. The city offers more than just sand and sun, however; the USS Lexington educates visitors on its role in US history, while the Texas State Aquarium and Port Aransas Birding Center invite visitors to take a closer look at wildlife. To satisfy your craving for big-city vibes, simply drive to the nearby thriving metropolises of Austin, Houston or San Antonio.Top Attractions In Corpus Christi
Recommended Day Trips
- The largest of Texas’ barrier islands, Padre Island is made up of north and south parts separated by the Port Mansfield Channel. North Padre Island contains the Padre Island National Seashore, an undeveloped stretch of pristine beach perfect for windsurfing or birdwatching. South Padre Island is a resort town, with plenty of activities like scuba diving and golfing -- or simply lying on the beach -- to entertain tourists.
- The USS Lexington, a former WWII aircraft carrier now converted into a floating museum, is a superb way to spend a few hours. In addition to the history available to learn on the ship’s self-guided tours, interactive experiences like a flight simulator and IMAX theater bring the museum to life.
- Just two hours north of Corpus Christi, San Antonio is much more of a metropolis its neighboring beach city. That doesn’t mean it lacks natural attractions -- visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden or Natural Bridge Caverns to marvel at the scenery. Of course, the city is home to the famed Alamo, though the site is rather small; those searching for a more expansive tour would do well to visit the Missions National Park or Mission Trail.
- Decidedly different in atmosphere from the rest of the state, Austin is perhaps best known for its live music scene, which is world-class -- the ever-popular annual SXSW music festival serves as proof. You can spend the day at the Barton Springs Pool, comprising three acres of natural spring water, then devote the evening to drinking craft beer while catching your choice of Austin’s genres of live music.