The USS Lex was once used in military expeditions throughout the world, but today it functions as a floating museum. It is docked pleasantly on the Corpus Christi Bay, and it's quite impressive to see from any angle. To board, you are whisked away in a free shuttle that takes you right to the ship's hangar entrance. The tour allows visitors to see the flight deck, the control and navigation rooms and even the captain's quarters. There is also a mega-theater on board as well as a flight simulator and an interactive exhibit entitled 'Virtual Battle Stations'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Art Center of Corpus Chrsiti promotes and displays the work of local artists as well as educates the public at-large. Aside from the gallery that is always changing with new temporary exhibitions, the establishment also has meeting halls and classrooms. The gift shop is a great place to find a unique souvenir, all articles are produced by local artists and most items are one-of-a-kind. Moreover, a visit is always free which makes it perfect for the whole family.
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.
Railroad Seafood Station Brewing Company has been serving delicious seafood and craft beers since 9 years. Located in the S.E.A. which is the sports. entertainment and arts district of the town of Corpus Christi, it has all the ingredients of a good time. The menu consists of entrees, salads, and burgers which are served in huge quantities and are just perfect. Known for its variety of freshly brewed craft beer which is brewed by the restaurant itself, patrons can enjoy the variety and the perfect taste which the beer has. Guests can even hold their private events and functions here as the restaurant offers catering services as well.
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.