Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Address: 1399 Ross Ave, Port Aransas TX 78373 - MAP
Phone: (361) 749-5919

Bring your binoculars and relax outdoors at the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. If you're an inexperienced birdwatcher, start out at the Port Aransas Birding Center to gain a little knowledge before you hit the trail.

Hans Suter Wildlife Park

Hans Suter Wildlife Park

Address: Ennis Joslin Rd and Nile Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 - MAP

Explore the outdoor paths throughout the Hans Suter Wildlife Park. The park is equipped with picnic tables, grills, walking and biking trails, and a pier extending over the dune areas. This is one of the most popular and protected birding spots along the migration path for Northern birds as they make their way to Mexico for the winter, then back again for spring.

Horses On The Beach

Horses On The Beach

Address: 16562 South Padre Island Dr. & Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 - MAP
Phone: (361) 949-4944
Web: www.horsesonthebeachcorpus.com

Giddy up! Ride down the beach like a bona fide Texas cowboy. Stop at Horses On The Beach to start your pony ride. Choose from sunset rides or daytime excursions, depending on whether you're in the mood for romance or a ride with friends and family.

JP Luby Surf Park

JP Luby Surf Park

Address: Zahn Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 - MAP

Life's a beach, so make sure to play in the sand at JP Luby Surf Park. The area is a hot spot for beach-goers, whether you're looking to spend time outdoors, surf, swim, fish, or snorkel near the jetties - JP Luby is the place to be. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Address:Park Road 25 off of State Highway 359, Mathis, TX 78368 - MAP
Phone: (361) 547-2635
Web: www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Spend a day outdoors at Lake Corpus Christi Park. Have some fun in the sun while splashing around the lake, fishing, water skiing, boating, camping, hiking - explore the park to your heart's content. Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty to drink, the Texas sun is a hot one!

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Address: 8545 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 - MAP
Phone: (361) 852-2100
Web: www.stxbot.org

Spend some time outdoors observing the gardens at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The gardens are equipped with a greenhouse conservatory, butterfly house, birding tower, pavilion and much more.

Nestled along Oso Creek, the 180-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens showcases colorful and unusual plants, including cactus, hibiscus, roses, plumeria and orchids.

The breathtaking beauty of the South Texas Botanical Gardens lies in its ever-changing displays throughout the year. Flowers and plants bloom and then hibernate, and the wildlife that enjoy the area also have their ebb and flow with the change of seasons.

The gardens opened in 1996. Exhibits include conserved native habitat and natural wetlands.

Some of the special displays focus on one type of plant and its many varieties. For instance, the plumeria garden contains more than 100 plants. The Orchid House has over 2,000 orchids. And the rose garden is constructed of 12 raised beds to display all of the spectacular blooms that are coaxed by the expert hands of master gardeners.

Other groupings include the Arid Garden, Water Garden, Sensory Garden, Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden and the shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail.

The 2,500-square-foot Butterfly House gives visitors the opportunity to mingle with fluttering butterflies, who will often stop and rest on an available arm or shoulder.

Adventurous visitors can hike the nature trail through 30 acres of native brush. There you'll see native plants that have adapted to the hard and rugged Texas terrain, as well as deer, javelina, and coyotes.

Wharf Cat

Wharf Cat

Web: www.texaswhoopers.com

Take the short trip to Port Aransas and take an outdoor tour on the Wharf Cat. The Cat creeps the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to spy close views of endangered whooping cranes and other waterfowl. The gorgeous South Texas weather practically guarantees an enjoyable trip.

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Bluff's Landing Marina and Lodge

Address: 4242 Laguna Shores Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 - MAP
Phone: (361) 288-2656
Web: www.bluffslanding.com

 

Cole Park

Address: 1900 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 - MAP

 

Padre Island National Seashore

Address: 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 - MAP
Phone: (361) 949-8068
Web: www.nps.gov/pais

 

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