Who knew it was possible to experience pristine, manicured white sand beaches so close to an urban area? We’re not talking Honolulu here. We’re talking Corpus Christi! Formerly known as the Corpus Christi Beach, North Beach is a location that absolutely can’t be beat. As you pass the Harbor Bay Bridge, the Gulf is laid out before you in all its sparkling majesty while behind you, the skyline of downtown Corpus Christi provides a stunning backdrop. Nearby are the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.
North Beach Features:
- The Beach: Spend a day frolicking in the sea and sand
- The Sites: Check out the Texas State Aquarium
- History: Visit the U.S.S. Lexington and attached museum
- Fine Downtown Dining: Sneak off inland to some of the wonderful seafood restaurants
The pristine, clean sand and quaint cabana shelters make this beach a hotspot for both parents and locals. Everyone can enjoy the clean beach against the silhouette of the skyline, secure in the knowledge that the waves in the bay are gentle and the waters calm and that there is no driving permitted on this beach. Lifeguards are on duty for most of the summer season, ensuring increased safety for all beachgoers.
Scattered across the beach are various cabanas and picnic tables, in case you felt like bringing along a lunch. Everything is first come first serve. And when you’re done and want to get rid of some of that sand, there are several rinse-off showers available.
Texas State Aquarium
Once you’ve soaked up enough vitamin D basking in the sun, throw some sandals and a shirt on and visit the Texas State Aquarium. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of animals here, and may even learn a thing or two about conservation in the process.
The U.S.S. Lexington
For a glimpse of history, step aboard the U.S.S. Lexington, a vintage WWII Essex Class aircraft carrier that is now open to public. Nicknamed The Blue Ghost, the carrier has found a permanent home in Corpus Christi Bay. Visitors can tour the ship itself, and get even more information from the attached museum. In the summer, you might even see the fireworks show over the water, sponsored by the museum.
One of the greatest advantages to being so near downtown is the plethora of dining options including several amazing seafood restaurants. If you’re feeling hungry after a long day of fun, head inland and check them out!
What You Need To Know:
- Entrance Fees: None
- Hours: 24/7 365 days a year
- Parking: Free parking is available along the street and in parking lots directly across from the beach.
- Reservations: Cabanas and picnic tables are first come first serve.
- There are public restrooms