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Texas Strong –7 Coastal Bend Landmarks that Survived Hurricane Harvey

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

As Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas restore to normal, there is no doubt that Hurricane Harvey devastation will be felt. Locals will have hurricane stories for years to come, one good thing is marveling at what Mother Nature spared for locals and visitors to enjoy for many more years!

Even hurricane force winds can’t break these Coastal Bend gems. Check out these iconic Coastal Bend attractions that are still here for everyone to enjoy….

Pristine beaches

It seems odd, but Hurricane Harvey left the Coastal Bend with beautiful, clean beaches for all to adore. This photo was taken just days after the hurricane.

Pristine Beach at Corpus Christi

Fulton Mansion

Built 140 years ago, it’s no wonder that this historical site in Fulton remains standing! While there is some damage, it’s nothing that hard work and time can’t fix. The Fulton Mansion Historical Site is temporarily closed to visitors.

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

This World War II aircraft carrier was literally built to survive war, rough seas and everything in between…including Hurricane Harvey. See what it took to get the Lady Lex ready for that mission.


The Big Tree at Goose Island State Park

This 1,000 year old icon has weathered many storms and life events just outside of Rockport…Hurricane Harvey couldn’t change that! Goose Island State Park is temporarily closed to visitors.

Big Tree
Photo courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Selena Memorial

We all saw the meme of the Selena statue wearing a life jacket. No worries, though! There was no need for the statue to swim. The Mirador de la Flor is ready for guests. BONUS: The Selena Museum is also ready for guests!

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Shorty’s Place

The first business in Port Aransas to open up after Hurricane Harvey, also the oldest and friendliest place in Port A is serving cold beer with those iconic baseball caps still hanging from the ceiling. Check out the crowd after the re-opening!


Texas State Aquarium

The huge glass atrium of the Caribbean Journey put in place in early 2017 proved its strength during Hurricane Harvey. The Texas State Aquarium is even caring for a moray eel from the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor until he can return home.

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The list doesn’t end there. The Texas Coastal Bend is lucky to have lots of attractions left after Hurricane Harvey. Our neighbors in Rockport, Port Aransas and several other coastal towns still have lots of clean-up to do…there will be a day when we can delight in our favorite spots again!

Take a look at the many different ways the Coastal Bend has started recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Corpus Christi can’t wait to see visitors. Check for hotel availability before planning your trip.

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