Meet and greet this magnificent mammal in its natural habitat within the Gulf of Mexico's warm waters. In fact, it is the only place in Texas to see dolphins at such close range, which makes Dolphin Connection worth the 25-minute drive from Corpus Christi. The tours last from between one to two-hours and almost each ride guarantees seeing a few dolphins. The guides simply love what they do, and are as passionate about these wonderful creatures. All in all, an unforgettable encounter.
Located in beautiful Bayfront Park, the Harbor Playhouse consists of hundreds of volunteers and actors that perform about four productions each year. Since 1925 it has entertained city dwellers as well as tourists who happen to stumble upon a performance. Some interpretations include contemporary drama, musicals and comedies. Additionally, the theater has special events scheduled throughout the year. One of the most popular is the annual Halloween open house featuring actors dressed as ghosts and goblins.
The Texan is the place to be if you want that quintessential country/rock experience at a saloon type establishment. The Texan definitely provides modern technology to the sound stage and a hefty dose of tradition in the drinks and architecture. The jukebox has classics shuffling in-and-out, from Slayer to Johnny Cash, making every night an eclectic one.
Founded in 1995 as a cooperative artist's studio, the gallery gets its name from the Kress Five and Dime shop that was the former tenant of the building. Today, this non-profit organization aims to advance and cultivate contemporary art in South Texas. Various special exhibits are organized throughout the year, where guests will see paintings, sculptures and multi-media works on display, everything created by local artists. Be sure to visit the gift shop for one-of-a-kind, hand made souvenirs and small pieces of art.
Quite possibly the most famous musician to come out of Corpus Christi, Selena Quintanilla life journey can be seen through this museum. Her family built the museum after receiving letters from fans expressing their interest in a museum to commemorate the legendary Tejano singer. On display you will find several of Selena's stage costumes, most of which she designed herself, awards and other memorabilia. The museum even has Selena's red Porsche for visitors to see. All admission revenue goes to the Selena Foundation, which helps to aid children in need and provides scholarships to promising students.
This nature center in southwest Corpus Christi houses more than 180-acres of exotic and native plants. The site features an Orchid House, Bromeliad Sanctuary, a Rose Garden and many other designated flower areas. Another benefit to the gardens, include the fact that the center works as a conservationist for exotic and abandoned animals. The botanical gardens house reptiles, birds and fish all in their respective exhibits and habitats. Don't forget to take a walk down the Bird & Butterfly Trail which overlooks Gator Lake! Moreover, the gardens often host special events, educational classes and tours.
This unexpected little museum is located in the back of Surf Club Records and it aims to commemorate Texas surfing history. Despite it's diminutive size, the museum showcases everything about the mighty waves of the Gulf of Mexico, where visitors can see vintage surf boards, photographs and other surfing paraphernalia from the beginning of the sport to the present-day. When you're done, check out the selection of tunes in the shop and take a pic in front of the "woody" outside the front door of the museum.
Established in 2016, Comics Live features an array of renowned comedians from near and far showcasing their talents. The venue can also be used as a stage for jazz performances while you could enjoy a glass of wine and a savory Italian meal curated by renowned chef Salvatore Colicci. Events take place here on a regular basis, so keep a tab on their website for some of the funniest stand up artists.
One of the better known Catholic churches in the city, Corpus Christi Cathedral was established in 1940. It caters to the massive Irish Catholic population of Corpus Christi, and is one of the finest parish churches of the city. A sense of serenity prevails in the chapel, while the typical charm of Roman Catholic churches is not to be missed. Also an esteemed wedding venue, the beautiful halls and corridors of the cathedral have witnessed dream weddings, gala dinners and bashes. Music concerts and festivals are also hosted by the church. The parish office organizes choirs, feasts and special masses for its people, which are worth attending. Visit website for more information.
House of Rock fulfills all the requirements for a good night. With a full bar, entertainment venue and a kitchen that churns out better-than-average pizza, you really never have to leave. The main bar allows guests 21+ and the venue allows all ages to listen to live music. Thursday through Saturday is when you can see shows, and in addition to pizzas, House of Rock offers salads and sandwiches while the bar stocks more than 80 beers.
The largest of the gazebo-like structures that dot the length of Shoreline Promenade, it is dedicated to Corpus Christi most beloved citizen Selena Quintanilla. The Tejano superstar's is immortalized in a bronze statue and a large white rose sculpture; the memorial is also known as Mirador de la Flor. Many of her fans come to pay their respects and to write special messages on the walls of the memorial. For serious Selena fans there is also the Selena Museum, Selena's grave and Selena's Boutique. Located on the promenade right next to People's Street T-Head.