Have some fun in the sun at the Aransas Pass Aquatic Center. The family fun attraction is equipped with water slides, and a 50,000-gallon kiddie pool to ensure the whole family has a splashing-good time. Don't forget sunscreen!
Be sure to catch the next Blue Angels air show at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Kingsville. The two sites alternately host the show, featuring the military's most important aircrafts strutting their stuff, along with a few other crowd-pleasing attractions. It may be wise to invest in some earplugs, those jets are LOUD!
Address: 1900 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 - MAP
Enjoy the great outdoors along the Corpus Christi bayfront at the 43-acre Cole Park. Walk, jog, bike or fish off the pier. The Kids Place is an outdoor play gym with plenty of swings, slides and climbing areas. It's a great attraction for a laid-back day with the family.
Scout the up-and-coming future stars of baseball at a minor-league Corpus Christi Hooks game. The team is the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and their games are an exciting attraction in the Sparkling City by the Sea. Game-day specials, giveaways and a full-service concession area mean there's plenty of entertainment to occupy the whole family.
The Corpus Christi Hooks are a minor league baseball team that plays at Whataburger Field. The team is a Class AA affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The team has made a name for itself through the years, making the season playoffs multiple times and setting league records for individual players and for attendance.
Whataburger Field captures the feel of an old-school baseball stadium. Many of the seats are 'open-air' and are shaded naturally during most game play. The 'industrial' design of the stadium is a nod to the cotton yards and warehouses that once occupied the area. The field sits in front of the Corpus Christi ship channel and includes views of the Harbor Bridge and Corpus Christi Bay.
The 5,400-seat stadium includes 19 luxury suites, 2 berm areas for lawn seating and many amenities in the park. Attractions include a rock-climbing wall, play park, basketball courts and a pool with deck for private parties.
Watch the winds take the sails at the weekly Corpus Christi Marina's Wednesday Night Sailboat Races. Spectators who show up early can volunteer to join a crew for those captains who are willing. Or you can always sit and watch the races while cheering on your favorite team.
Be a real-life Speed Racer at Funtrackers Amusement Park. Brace yourself for go kart rides, arcade games, mini-golf, bumper boats and other activities. This is a popular attraction for birthday parties or all-day fun for the entire family.
Stroll through meandering pathways that connect 12 Victorian homes at the Heritage Park & Cultural Center. Visit the 100-year-old Galván House, the national award-winning center that provides a variety of cultural programs throughout the year. This historic attraction is also the site of outdoor festivals, concerts and other activities you won't want to miss.
Located just north of downtown Corpus Christi, Heritage Park transports visitors back in time. Here, turn-of-the-century homes have been relocated and restored to their original condition. The nine homes now are occupied by the offices of non-profit organizations.
Originally, the area was known as 'Irishtown,' until severe damage from the Hurricane of 1919 swept away most of the homes from the area.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour at any time, and can look inside the homes during operating hours of the non-profits that occupy them. Guided tours are also available during the week. Hours are limited, so call ahead.
The enclave of relocated houses tells the story of many well-known families who helped build and steer the city.
The homes include:
Make a splash at Hurricane Alley! The Coastal Bend's largest and newest waterpark. The park features exciting attractions and plenty of water so you can cool off under the Texas sun. Experience the rush of the 6-story Cat 5 water slide, race down the Storm Chaser speed slide, battle the waves of the Storm Surge, or get carried away in the Gulf Stream lazy river. There are also designated areas where pint-sized visitors can have fun made just for them, and swim-up bars where adults can enjoy a drink without ever leaving the water.
Tour the largest ranch in the world, the renown King Ranch. The 1.2-million-acre working ranch has become quite an attraction, and holds tours twice a day. Tours showcase the inner workings of cattle handling, along with the property's historically significant buildings. This is the ranch the 80s TV show "Dallas" was modeled after. Although you won't find JR, you'll find plenty of history on the King family, who created the empire.
Explore the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world, the Padre Island National Seashore. The 113-mile island is the perfect place for fishing, beachcombing, camping, off-road adventures and more. Start your visit at this seaside attraction by stopping by the Malaquite Visitor Center for information, maps and fishing licenses.
Padre Island National Seashore is a pristine swath of more than 133,000 acres of protected, natural beaches. In fact, the National Seashore is the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world.
At Padre Island National Seashore, you'll find a breathtaking environment that showcases Mother Nature in all of her splendor. This pristine land includes white sand dunes, thriving grassland, saltwater marshes and a host of wildlife untouched by development.
The Malaquite Beach entrance is the starting point for many visitors. The area includes a visitor center, picnic area and developed campground.
If you want to experience the island in its natural state, consider a primitive camping experience, which is allowed in any spot along the entire length of the beach.
Off-roaders will enjoy the 55 miles of beach that are accessible only with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Other extremely popular activities include saltwater fishing, hiking and boating.
Year-round inhabitants include coyotes, white-tail deer, peregrine falcons, kangaroo rats, and jackrabbits. The island is also host to an environmentally sensitive dance. Here, endangered Kemp's Ridley and loggerhead sea turtles return to Padre Island to lay their eggs. The hatchlings then must make the death-defying trek to the water, a ritual that is observed every year by environmentalists and others who hope to protect the endangered turtles and help their numbers grow.
Go on an underwater adventure at the Texas State Aquarium. Dolphin shows, an aviary area and plenty of surprises await at this attraction. Touch tanks add to the fun, and there's even a huge playground to exhaust the little ones when you're through exploring the aquarium.
The Texas State Aquarium is a major tourist attraction on the Gulf Coast. It attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year and is a leading educational and rehabilitation center that primarily focuses on species from the Gulf of Mexico.
The aquarium opened in 1990, and in 1995 became a federally-permitted animal rehabilitation facility. The Texas State Aquarium adds new permanent exhibits regularly and also rotates temporary exhibits often.
Exhibits explore both creatures of the gulf and the natural habitat that supports them.
Sections of the Texas State Aquarium include:
Other highlights at the Texas State Aquarium include touch tanks, up-close encounters with alligators and a super-sized children's play park.
Address: 14041 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 - MAP
Phone: (361) 949-1769
Take a swing at miniature golf - the perfect end to a great day at the beach. You can choose from two different courses at Treasure Island Golf & Games. Playing mini-golf at this attraction is a great way to end a long day at the beach, or take a break from the midday blazing sun in South Texas.
Take a step back into history aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, a World War II aircraft carrier with a storied history. Nicknamed "The Blue Ghost," the maritime vessel includes virtual battle stations and a flight simulator, an IMAX theater and more. Tours of the Bayfront attraction will take you through the different areas of the ship, and some guests even say they can feel the presence of the heroes who fought aboard this historic carrier.
The USS Lexington Museum is a World War II aircraft carrier that now serves as a museum on the Corpus Christi Bay. The storied ship was decommissioned in 1991 after setting more records than any other carrier in U.S. Navy history.
Today the Lexington Museum on the Bay is a showcase for the heroics of sailors, pilots and military personnel who fought for freedom during the war.
Visitors can experience a day in the life of an American soldier in the ship's flight simulator, the virtual battle stations and the 3-story MEGAtheater.
The floating museum features self-guided tours through the ship's maze of tunnels and ladders.
Five self-guided tours cover 100,000 square feet and 11 decks. Sections of the ship that are open to the public include the hangar deck, engine room and sick bay, gallery deck, flight deck, navigation bridge, pilot house and chart house.
Soon after it was commissioned in 1943, the USS Lexington symbolized the perseverance and determination of American troops.
At the time, the USS Lexington was stationed at Pearl Harbor and participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific. Japanese factions had reported four separate times that the ship had sunk. But each time she returned to fight again, earning the nickname "The Blue Ghost."
During the ship's retirement, new sections of the ship have been restored and opened to the public on a regular basis.
The USS Lexington Museum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.