Named after Texan Senator Bob Hall, who is also known by the name Robert Lee Hall, this pier is one of the major attractions in the city. Offering activities like fishing, surfing, driving on the beach and opportunity to indulge in water sports, Bob Hall Pier is the place to be for people of all ages looking to do something fun while in the city. Extending into the Gulf of Mexico, the Bob Hall Pier is also an ideal spot for watching sunset and taking in the sweeping view of the waters.
This nature center in southwest Corpus Christi houses more than 180-acres (72.84 hectares) 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.
Just steps from the museums of Bayfront Park, visitors will find a collection of homes surrounded by beautiful greenery on North Chaparral Street. Visitors who walk through this neighborhood will feel as if they have stepped into the Victorian era and visiting one of the twelve homes will only enhance that sentiment. It is recommended to take the guided tour of these homes in order to better understand the full history of these architectural gems. The Galvan House is the yellow center house from which all tours depart and there is a fee when you take a tour, however if you wish to walk around the neighborhood, that is free.
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.
This building was designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson, where he used a material called 'shellcrete', which is a combination of shells and concrete. The tri-level structure stands majestically by the bay and it houses an interesting permanent collection as well as constant temporary exhibitions. Most pieces are American contemporary and include paintings and sculptures from renowned artists like Georgia O'Keefe and Jackson Pollock. For the little ones there is a children's play area located downstairs and if art makes you hungry, step into the elegant Dobson Cafe for a light lunch.
A coastal paradise par excellence, Mustang Island State Park is a stunning jewel embedded on the Gulf of Mexico. Believed to have been formed by sedimentary deposits, this state park features swathes of sand dunes intermingled with pristine stretches of beaches. The park's name comes from mustang horses that the Spaniards brought over when the land was first settled, hundreds of years ago. What was once a habitat of the indigenous Karankawa Indians, is now an idyllic sanctum which is a treasure trove of activities like swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and more. Open to the public since 1979, the state park harbors a variety of wildlife like raccoons, hawks, jackrabbits, and coyotes, as well as plenty of waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Built in 1849, this mansion was originally the home of Senator Forbes Britton. Constructed with local brick and scored masonry, the house got its name after the estate's 100th anniversary in 1949. At the time it was built the former senator could see the wharf from the house. Marvel at the petticoat tables in the foyer, the odd placement of light switches on the floorboards, and the spellbinding porcelain doll collection upstairs, for the house conveys different stories pertaining to different eras.
On a breezy summer evening, with the sun setting behind the Corpus Christi skyline, nothing is better than a walk down the promenade. Built along the sea wall of Corpus Christi Bay, the promenade attracts walkers, runners in-line skaters and families to cool down and take in the sea air. Along the way, visitors can take refuge under one of the 'Miradores del Mar', these eight gazebos are a great place to stop and look into the vast Gulf.
Along Shoreline Promenade, visitors will find eight gazebo-like structures called Miradores del Mar or "sea outlooks". Indeed, these are an ideal spot to gaze out over the gulf, but they also provide shelter just in case you get caught in a summer downpour while walking the promenade. These gazebos are said to reflect similar structures found in Spain and Morocco and the largest of these structures is the La Mirador del Flor Selena Memorial, dedicated to the late Tejano singer.
The McGee Beach is a popular local beach and is located in downtown Corpus Christi. The beach is well-maintained and clean with powdery white sand that's perfect for long walks along the shore or to just sunbathe and relax. Take a refreshing dip in the warm and reasonably gentle water or head out to the jetty, drop a line and enjoy a few serene hours fishing. The beach boasts clean restrooms and if hunger strikes head over to one of the many restaurants nearby for a quick bite.