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.
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'.
Located in beautiful Bayfront Park, the Harbor Playhouse consists of hundreds of volunteers and actors that perform about four productions each year. Since 1925 it has entertained city dwellers as well as tourists who happen to stumble upon a performance. Some interpretations include contemporary drama, musicals and comedies. Additionally, the theater has special events scheduled throughout the year. One of the most popular is the annual Halloween open house featuring actors dressed as ghosts and goblins.
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.
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.
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.
Along with the Harbor Bridge, the Watergarden is considered one of the iconic landmarks of the city. The circular structure has fountains all around the circumference, water cascades down several steps where there is a large patch of grass. It is particularly stunning at night when it is lit up with a glowing golden light. The perfect place to cool down during the summer, it is also a popular spot for wedding ceremonies.
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.
The largest of the gazebo-like structures that dot the length of Shoreline Promenade, it is dedicated to Corpus Christi most beloved citizen Selena Quintanilla. The Tejano superstar's is immortalized in a bronze statue and a large white rose sculpture; the memorial is also known as Mirador de la Flor. Many of her fans come to pay their respects and to write special messages on the walls of the memorial. For serious Selena fans there is also the Selena Museum, Selena's grave and Selena's Boutique. Located on the promenade right next to People's Street T-Head.