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.
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.
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.
The park formerly known the Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track is the place to go if you want to see animals race their hearts out. The tracks present greyhound and horse races which equal a day of excitement. There are concession stands and a grandstand from where you can place your bets, and during the summer months, the indoor salon is air-conditioned, enclosed and well-furnished. Complimentary entry and parking every Wednesday through Sunday.
One of the main attractions in downtown Corpus Christi is its bustling marina. Here you will find sailboats docked in neat rows, snow cone vendors, restaurants and tour ship cruises. During the day you can walk down the piers and find local fisherman selling the day's catch. During the summer months, it becomess especially busy with families walking up and down the wooden piers and at night, it is particularly stunning when the marina is illuminated.
The Old Concrete Street Amphitheater is a colossal venue divided into two parts. The “Pavilion Shows”, which are for general admissions and the “Amphitheater Shows”. The latter has lawn seating and VIP seating. Swing to the music of the biggest and the best bands that perform here from time to time. But beware of what you carry inside, as the rules are extremely strict. The theater also holds fund raising events, birthday parties, company picnics and much more. Out with your chairs and blankets!
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.