Corpus Christi Travel Guide

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Port Aransas

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The Sparkling City by the Sea

Thanks to a beautiful coastal setting, miles of sandy beaches and rich conservation areas, Corpus Christi is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Texas. Located along the Gulf Coast, you’ll find exciting attractions, endless outdoor fun, and plenty of family friendly activities. From wildlife excursions and beachcombing to skydiving and golfing, the Corpus Christi area is absolutely packed with things to do.

A Great Place to Stay

Whether you’re traveling as a couple or bringing a group along for a beach vacation, you can create your perfect stay with Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ in Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. Choose from neighborhood homes large enough for a family (including your four-legged family members!), breezy beach houses just a few steps from the Gulf Sea and swanky waterfront condos with private docks. You’ll enjoy the comforts of home with easy access to the fun things to do in Corpus Christi and Port Aransas.

Top Sights in Corpus Christi

USS Lexington

A visit to the famous USS Lexington should on every visitor’s itinerary when going to Corpus Christi. Now a naval museum, you can get a close-up look at the command deck and quarters, discover a collection of detailed scale models, simulators, and games, enjoy a thrilling Fighter Pilot 3D movie, and more. Guided tours are available, including a four-hour Hard Hat Tour deep into the lower decks of the ship.

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. It features wetlands, hammocks, pinelands, and prairies, along with access to a river and two lakes. Grab your outdoor gear and enjoy activities like canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Animal lovers can snap a photo of all sorts of wildlife. Or, you can take a tour of the lakes on the largest airboats in the world. A visit to this pristine park is one of the best things to do in Port Aransas.

The Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium is a hands-on, educational and family-friendly experience in Corpus Christi. From displaying the rich aquatic life of the Gulf of Mexico, to seahorse and crab exhibits in the Living Shores experience, to Dolphin Bay—a massive 400,000-gallon exhibit underwater observation area for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins—the aquarium is sure to delight. It’s one of the best things to do in Corpus Christi, and it’s really popular in the summer, so be sure to get there early for the best experience.

Top Experiences in Corpus Christi

Visit a Popular Museum, or Two

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History features a variety of exhibits, excursions, and educational programs all relating to the cultural and natural history of South Texas. Check out a collection of shipwreck cargo, visit the children's area and local reptile displays and discover the historical artifacts throughout the museum. Feeling artsy? The Art Museum of South Texas on the city's waterfront is another must-visit.

Have a Swashbuckling Good Time

Hop on a 70-foot pirate ship for some high-seas adventures off the shores of Port Aransas. The kids will love all the family-friendly entertainment including sword fighting, good-old-fashioned pirate humor, and dancing. Meanwhile, the adults will love the pirate grog and some high-stakes gaming on the high-seas. There’s an adventure for all ages aboard Dragon Pirate Cruises.

Take a Hike and See the City

Stretching almost 9 miles and snaking past many of the city’s best attractions, one of the best ways to see Corpus Christi is to hike (or bike) the Corpus Christi Bay Trail. Along the way, you'll encounter marinas, concert venues, a university campus, museums, local shops, six waterfront parks, and some great opportunities for bird-watching—as brown pelicans and falcons frequent the area.

Pet Friendly Places

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Great for Groups

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Beach Breaks

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Escape to sun, sand, and surf.

Golf Getaways

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Make tee time your only responsibility.

Adventure Vacations

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Relax, unwind, and let the outside in.

Ski Vacations

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