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Best Local Scene in Corpus Christi

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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.

This camp site is open all-year round and it provides more than 370-acres of beautiful coastline under the warm Texas sun. It's a superb place to pitch a tent and 'glamp' (glamour camping) because the park has water and electric connections which make it much more convenient than most campsites. The other facilities are comprehensive as well, with the Briscoe Pavillion, guests can host parties and events and on the Bob Hall Pier, they can try their hand at fishing over the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, at the park office, visitors can take a hot shower for a fee.

Quite possibly the most famous musician to come out of Corpus Christi, Selena Quintanilla's 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 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.

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.

Peacefully residing on the North Padre Island, the Padre Island National Seashore is essentially famed for its untouched beaches, dunes, sea turtles, migratory birds, and other endangered species. This seashore divides the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre and has a few hypersaline lagoons which are very rare in the world. The National Seashore opened its doors in 1962 and is one of the few nesting places of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle. A wonderland for birders, the entrancing seashore harbors diverse varieties of birds any day of the week on its freshwater ponds and lagoons. Some species include herons, egrets, terns and skimmers which inhabit this shore, a stirring amalgam of land and sea. A stunning natural as well as a geological marvel, this invigorating seashore represents marine biodiversity at its very best.

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