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'.
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.
One of main attractions in Corpus Christi, the Texas State Aquarium is a sought-after favorite in this part of Texas. Located on Corpus Christi Bay right next to the entrance to the USS Lexington, the aquarium is a cool refuge away from the sweltering summer heat. The exhibits feature local sea life as well as exotic animals from all parts of the world. One of the other highlights is the dolphin training demonstration, it is held at varying times throughout the day.
Home of the North American Hockey League's Corpus Christi Ice Rays, the American Bank Center located in Bayfront Park hosts hockey as well as various other, eclectic events. This structure by the Gulf is comprised of three different sections: the Selena Auditorium, the Arena and the Convention Center. Some of the other events here include concerts, trade shows, rodeos and even weddings. Covering an area of 500,000 square feet (46451.52 square meters), the American Bank Center is well equipped for any major event along the coastal bend.
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.
At the South Texas Speedway, racing fans can say they attended an event at one of the Top 50 racetracks in the country. Some of the cars on the track include late-model, modified and stock models, each one with a powerful engine that deafens the ears. It's a family-friendly facility, where during intermission, little ones 12 and under can try their luck on the go-karts.
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.
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!
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.
Built in 2005, this family friendly baseball field is a favorite summertime destination for locals. Sitting right next to the bay with views of the Harbor Bridge, every seat is a good seat. The park is reminiscent of old-fashioned fields from baseball's Golden Age and the popular fast-food chain Whataburger offers all the modern amenities you would see in an MLB stadium. All concession stands are designed so that patrons never have their back to the field and never miss a play. The kid's area features a playground, mini baseball diamond and full-sized basketball court. There's even a pool overlooking the field that can be rented for large groups or parties.