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5 Reasons to Dance With Water at the Watergarden

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Photo courtesy: Russ Moore –

You can dance! You can tumble! You can twirl! You can stroll! Or you can simply sit, chill and meditate. The Watergarden in Corpus Christi’s Bayfront Science Park is an enchanting oasis right in the center of all the action – the perfect place to just be!

Here are five reasons to explore the Watergarden when you visit Corpus Christi:

1. The Water

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A long, babbling brook carved out of the sidewalk flows from the Art Museum of South Texas to the main ring of the Watergarden. An inviting grass circle, 84 feet in circumference, sits at the center of 150 fountains. The grass circle is ribboned by an inner walkway and narrow moat, which catches the spill from the fountains above. The fountains issue forth small, steady plumes that fill the fountain ring and overflow onto a stone staircase waterfall.

2. The Location, Location, Location

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Bayfront Science Park is situated across the channel from North Beach and occupies the northeast corner of downtown and the SEA District. Here you’ll find the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, Harbor Playhouse, the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium, the Art Museum of South Texas and its Hester’s Café with a wall of glass that looks out over Corpus Christi Bay. The Corpus Christi Watergarden is nestled right in the middle of this wonderful cluster of attractions, intentionally designed to be the connecting “lawn.”

Sit anywhere around the curated grounds of the Watergarden to catch glimpses of the glistening bay from between handsome works of architecture. Look to the north for picture-perfect views of the Harbor Bridge.

3. Historical Context

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The Watergarden was dedicated May 26, 1988. It was designed by renowned landscape architect Robert Zion, father of the “pocket park” (the world’s first  – New York City’s Paley Park – in 1967). Corpus Christi architect Walter Wisznia, who earlier in his career built the first condominium in Texas in 1961, the Executive House on Water Street, acted as the project architect.

Corpus Christi philanthropists and art lovers, Edwin and Patsy Dunn Singer ­– the same folks who brought world-famous architect Philip Johnson to design the Art Museum of South Texas – championed the Watergarden, an ambitious, and ultimately successful public/private venture with the City of Corpus Christi. At Johnson’s behest, the Singers enthusiastically commissioned Zion’s draft.

4. The Events

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While the Watergarden is the site of many a marriage proposal, wedding and community gathering, it is also a fabulous entertainment hub for some of Corpus Christi’s signature events.

Some events that happen within walking distance include the city’s annual festival to honor the legacy of Tejano superstar Selena, Fiesta de la Flor ­at North Bayfront Park and the monthly A La Mano Food Truck Fridays, as well as the Texas Jazz Festival in nearby Heritage Park. And each month, from May to October, the Watergarden plays host to the Corpus Christi Ride-In Theater, projecting family-friendly movie classics on the side of the American Bank Center – a concept that was part of the original master plan envisioned by designer Robert Zion back in the late-80s.

5. The Peace & Quiet

Vintage postcard from the collection of ElegantFowlTX

Grab a seat under the pergola. Sit very still. The steady whoosh of water is mesmerizing! Look out to the fountains on the far side of the ring. Notice the pattern? The froth from the fountains seems to sway left and right in a choreographed dance. The upward columns burble into the pool and tumble down a stone water staircase. Notice how the splash and ripples create a diagonal pattern all the way down the stairs.

Let your mind clear as the water washes your cares away.

Corpus Christi has so many beautiful spots like this, where art meets nature – free for your enjoyment. Plan your trip now to come and relax at the Watergarden.

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