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15 Fun & Free In CC

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Without a doubt, there are tons of things to see and do when visiting Corpus Christi. However, did you know there are many fun and interesting things to do that are completely free?  Be sure to add a few of these points of interest on your list of things to do while you are here!

Art Center Corpus Christi

A venue for many of our local and regional artists to exhibit and sell art, the Art Center also provides all levels of art making education including art classes, family art time and art camp.

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K Space Contemporary

As the oldest alternative art space in the Coastal Bend, K Space Contemporary provides a home for artists whose works are experimental, non-commercial and often require unusual installation.

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Water Street Art Gallery

The newest addition to the Corpus Christi art scene features three nationally known artists - John Olvey, Wade Koniakowsky, and Jon Steele. Displays include a wide variety of painting, photography, sculpture and more along with live painting workshops and demonstrations, gallery talks, original art signings, a regular surf movie night and much more.

Texas Surf Museum

Dedicated to the unique culture and history of Texas surfing, the Texas Surf Museum encourages a healthy lifestyle of surfing and related board sports while promoting ways to protect and preserve the beaches, bays and waterways of the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Heritage Park

A walking tour of 12 historic homes, many of which are recorded Texas Historical Landmarks, highlights the rich history and architecture of some of the earliest residents of Corpus Christi.

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Hazel Bazemore Park

This park is home to one of the largest concentration of migrating raptors. Located on the Nueces River it also includes picnic facilities, swimming and fishing along the river. Check out the huge birding platform for a great view!

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Cole Park

The perfect spot for the entire family, this 43 acre park located along Corpus Christi Bay includes a play area, skatepark, lighted fishing pier, BBQ grills and an open amphitheater featuring live music every Thursday and an outdoor family movie every Friday throughout the summer.

Corpus Christi Downtown Seawall

Stretching from the Art Museum of South Texas to McGee Beach this 1.5 mile Seawall boasts an amazing view of the bay and is perfect for a leisurely stroll, running, bike riding or rollerblading.  But make sure you stop to visit “The Journey through the Solar System” exhibit as well as the eight Miradores, the Spanish name for these gazebo-like structures located along the seawall.

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Corpus Christi Municipal Marina

Right in downtown Corpus Christi, the Marina is home to a variety of boats as well as several waterfront restaurants. Also home to the Wednesday Night Sailboat Regatta featuring fantastic views from the L-Head.

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La Nina

Docked at the Lawrence Street T-Head, this last remaining caravel replica of the Columbus Fleet is currently being fully restored by the Columbus Sailing Association.

Corpus Christi Watergardens

Situated between the Art Museum of South Texas and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History this perfect spot is ideal for a picnic or just to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of this water extravaganza.

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Padre Island Beaches

From North Packery Beach south to the entrance to the Padre Island National Seashore lies miles of both fun and relaxing sandy beaches. For those active beach goers JP Luby Surf Park/North Packery Beach, the Padre Island Seawall and Bob Hall Pier are just a few of the great spots along the beaches of North Padre Island.

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatching Release

The nesting area for this endangered sea turtle is the Padre Island National Seashore. The turtle eggs are incubated here on the beach and when the hatchlings are ready to be released they are open to the public to view. Be sure to tell the rangers at the gate that you are there for the hatchling release.

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Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center

This 162-acre wetlands is a nature preserve but also a fun and interactive learning center dedicated to understanding the importance of protecting our wetlands for the future. A great outdoor activity for the entire family.

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Selena Memorial – Mirador De La Flor

This memorial to Selena is a life size bronze statue of the ‘Queen of Tejano Music’ sculpted by a local Corpus Christi artist to honor her life and music. Snap a selfie  with La Reina herself as you dance to Selena’s music, playing throughout the Mirador.

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All of these FREE things are available year-round. Stop by the Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center for special monthly “Fun and Free” things to do.


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