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5 Experiences You’ll Only Find in and around Corpus Christi

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Most folks know Corpus Christi as an ideal getaway for beachgoers, golfers, and nature lovers. However, those activities don’t even scratch the surface of what the Corpus Christi area has to offer! There are plenty of one-of-a-kind locations you’ll only experience here. Read on for a few of our favorites!

1. The (Nearly) Original Whataburger

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You’re probably wondering what makes Whataburger unique. While it’s likely you have one of the 900 locations in your hometown, you definitely don’t have the original! That’s right, Texas’ favorite burger joint was founded in Corpus Christi in 1950!

Fast food fans and history buffs alike won’t want to miss a trip to the only two-story Whataburger in the world. While not the OG Whataburger, it’s the closest you can get to this Lone-Star State institution. Located right on Shoreline Blvd. in Downtown, it’s an easy trip from just about anywhere in Corpus Christi. If you’re one of the unlucky few who has never experienced the joys of Whataburger, there’s no better place for your first visit!

2. Explore Scenes from the Film Pearl Harbor

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When you think of the 2001 hit film, Pearl Harbor, you probably remember Faith Hill’s smash hit theme song or that juicy love triangle between Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Liv Tyler. But did you know that Corpus Christi also features a prominent role in the award-winning film?

While the movie takes place in Hawaii, many shots were filmed right here in Corpus Christi, specifically, aboard the USS Lexington. The Lexington is a decommissioned, WWII-era aircraft carrier that is now permanently docked in North Beach and is available for tours every day of the week, all year long! Head down to learn more about the Lexington’s service and history, as well as its cameos in Pearl Harbor.

3. See Some of the Rarest Sea Turtles in the World

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Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are one of the most endangered species on the planet. Like most species, these reptiles lay their eggs on the beach. It just so happens that one of their favorite spot along the sand is South Padre Island.

Despite their critically endangered status, Kemp’s sea turtles are starting to make a comeback. In 2007, a group of 128 turtles were found along South Padre Island—the most observed in a long, long time. You can attend a hatching event to watch baby turtles make their way to the ocean. Check here for dates and times.

4. America’s Birdiest City

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From the sea to the sky, our area is home to plenty of interesting species. Corpus Christi sits at the intersection of numerous migratory flyways, meaning plenty of visiting birds throughout the year! From songbirds to eagles to seabirds, bird lovers new and old will find a feathered friend that piques their interest.

Explore our region’s parks and nature centers for plenty of bird watching opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a quick outing or a day-long hike, you’ll be one with nature in no time.

5. King Ranch

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Located southwest of Corpus Christi in Kingsville, King Ranch is one of largest cattle ranches in the world. At over 825,00 acres, it’s larger than the state of Rhode Island!

Guided tours are available—a perfect educational outing with a Texas twist. With the addition of plenty of riding trails and hunting opportunities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. King Ranch also offers a full saddle shop as well as a museum to help you learn more about cattle ranching along the Coastal Bend.

With so many unique locations, events, and curiosities awaiting you, Corpus Christi is sure to offer something for everyone in your group. From nature to history to pop culture, the Coastal Bend is sure to excite. Looking for more adventures during your visit? Check out other attractions here.


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