A First-timer's Guide to Corpus Christi
So, you’ve finally booked your trip to Corpus Christi (what a great choice!). There are tons of wonderful things to see while visiting, so check out this guide below to find out everything a first-timer needs to know so you won’t miss a thing. Cover the basics: “what to do”, “where to eat” and “where to stay” to make your trip to Corpus Christi carefree and one you’ll always remember!
What to do and where to go:
Museums & Aquariums
If museums and aquariums are on your to-do list (highly recommended if you have little ones!) you’re going to want to head Downtown and North Beach and visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, Art Museum of South Texas, USS Lexington Museum on the Bay or Texas State Aquarium.
Want to shop till ya drop? Head to Central Corpus Christi and check out La Palmera. For some local shopping, stay in Central Corpus Christi and check out Benjamin's Surf and Skate and other small, specialty stores. If you head to Downtown Corpus Christi and still want to shop, the Downtown Farmer’s Market every Wednesday evening is a must-see!
Do you love spending time by the water or in the fresh air? You’ll want to add outdoor activities to your to-do list! Participate in water or wind sports at any of the beaches, or you can go boating, fishing or biking! There are also plenty of running or biking trails to check out including Grasslands Nature Trail or Hazel Bazemore Park.
If the beach isn’t relaxing enough, you can find ultimate relaxation and pampering at one of Corpus Christi’s spas, and the Central Corpus Christi neighborhood is where to go! Here you’ll find local favorites like June’s Day Spa and Anthony’s Aveda Concept Salon & Day Spa.
What to eat:
You really can’t go wrong with food in South Texas. No matter what type of food you’re craving—TexMex, BBQ, Vietnamese, Steak, Seafood, Thai, Italian—you’ll be able to find tons of options in Corpus Christi!
Where to stay:
You can find the best hotels all over Corpus Christi, so it’s really up to you to pick where you want to stay! If you’re looking to be near attractions like museums, you’ll probably want to stay Downtown. But if you want the beach, Padre Island is a great choice!
Hotels aren’t your thing? No problem! You can rent a condo for a more “homey” feel. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also camp in the Coastal Bend. Most of the campsites are found in North Corpus Christi at Greyhound RV Park or in Port Aransas at the Surfside RV & Resort.
With easy-going traffic, getting around Corpus Christi is easy! Any way you choose, travel shouldn’t be a problem during your visit. Hop on a bus, taxi, trolley or shuttle. If you’re celebrating, rent a limo!
Your trip will not be complete without visiting the Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center. Here you can get all the info you’d want, along with coupons and “insider’s” tips to make your trip to Corpus Christi the best yet. Enjoy your stay!