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Corpus Christi Resource Guide
by Ted Gresham
Photography by George Hosek

Corpus Christi is one of the most understated destinations in Texas and, in fact, in all of the U.S. A. There are a few things you canít do in Corpus, snow skiing for example, but otherwise whatever your idea of fun, pleasure, excitement, or relaxation, Corpus Christi has it all.

The City of Corpus Christi lies along the southwest bank of Corpus Christi Bay, one of the most magnificent bodies of water anywhere. I37 from San Antonio releases travelers downtown Corpus near the port, a good place to start the Great Corpus Christi Adventure. Downtown is dominated by the Harbor Bridge (Napoleonís Hat to locals, a nick name derived from the way the bridge looks at night from the bay).

The bridge links downtown with a strip of land called North Beach, or more recently dubbed Corpus Christi Beach, and points further north along the coast. North Beach was once a ramshackle beach bum community but is now the home of the Texas State Aquarium, The WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington, nice hotels, condos and tourist shops.

Downtown Corpus Christi, across the ship channel from North Beach, is dominated by the twin towers of One Shoreline Plaza which houses an exclusive hotel, restaurant, and offices.

Skyline Corpus Christi

   

An assortment of other high-rise buildings dominate downtown both along the waterfront and beyond the bluff that overlooks the bay. But itís not the skyline that makes Corpus Christi so special. All eyes turn to sea and forget fancy buildings once a traveler arrives on the Bay Front. Bobbing sail boats, sparkling water, a pristine harbor, these are just the most exquisite features one finds at the upper end of Shoreline Drive, an avenue that travels along the bay for miles, revealing one of the most scenic drives anywhere.

Shoreline passes some of the most expensive real estate in Texas and leads to Texas A & M University, Corpus (situated on its own island) and, beyond that, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. A freeway leaves Interstate 37 a few miles inland and cuts straight across the city towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunrise Corpus Christi Marina
 
This thoroughfare is called South Padre Island Drive, a name that sometimes confuses travelers, especially those who may have been headed to the town of South Padre Island but made a wrong turn and wound up in Corpus. A number of shopping centers and two grand malls, La Palmera (formerly Padre-Staples Mall) and Sunrise, along with major outlets and local shops, line the freeway. Further on, the freeway passes over the Intracoastal Waterway and curves southwest onto North Padre Island.

The City offers as much variety as a metropolis many times its size but is much more compact, with less traffic, making anything one might want to do only a few minutes away. In whatever direction one travels, along the Bayfront, down SPID, onto North Padre, or over the Harbor Bridge, thereís a plethora of things to see and do.

American Bank Center
 
Some of them are tourist attractions but many are year-round recreational and site-seeing opportunities that locals enjoy just as much as visitors do. Thereís so many opportunities for adventure that a short introduction to Corpus Christi cannot do it justice. But one need not do anything at all but relax to appreciate the city. Corpus Christi is a beautiful city with friendly people and a welcoming atmosphere.

Itís a city thatís easy to fall in love with and difficult to say goodbye to. Many people who visit return as often as they can. Quite often people who visit come back to stay.
Corpus Christi, Texas, as close to paradise as one can get in the Lone Star State. Just go thereÖ youíll go back!

Skyline Corpus Christi
 
View from Harbor Bridge
 
Water Street Market - at the heart of Corpus Christi's downtown entertainment district is a popular oasis...the landmark Water Street Market. Stroll through the open-air courtyard and discover extraordinary shops and remarkable restaurants.

Agua Java Coffe Co., 361-882-0865
Betty's Trash to Treasure, 361-882-2424
Julie's, 882-9777
The Gold Bug, 361-883-8747
Surf Club Records, 361-882-2364
Texas Surf Museum, 361-888-7873
Treehouse Art Collective, 361-882-4822
Water Street Seafood, 361-882-8683
Water Street Oyster Bar, 361-882-9448

Artist Nook & Gallery, 939 Ayers, 361-883-3860
Codi's, Handmade Crafts, 5428 McArdle, 361-992-8377
Bleu Frog Mercantile, 1710 Alameda at Six Points, 361-881-1091
Julie's Urban Apparel, 309 B N. Water, 361-882-9777
Lamar Park Shopping, 3850 S. Alameda
 

Corpus Christi Restaurants

Blackbeard's 3117 Surfside, 361-884-1030
Brewster Street Icehouse, 1724 N. Tancahua, 361-884-2739
Burgers & Booze, 14414 Hwy 361, 361-949-3490
Doc's Seafood & Steaks, 13309 S. Padre Island, 361-949-6744
Dot'z, 2825 N. Shoreline, 361-904-0630
Fin's Grill & Ice House, 420 W. Cotter, 361-749-8646
Katz Steakhouse, 317 N. Mesquite, 361-884-5289
La Playa Mexican Restaurant
  4201 SPID, 361-853-4282
  5017 Saratoga, 361-986-0089
  9840 Leopard, 361-242-2466
  2319 Morgan, 361-884-8372
Moby Dick's, 517 S. Alister, 361-749-9447
Pier 99, 2822 N. Shoreline, 361-887-0764
Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn, 220 Cotter Avenue, 361-749-5555
Republic of Texas Bar & Grill, 361-886-3515
Virginia's on the Bay, 815 Trout, 361-749-4088
Yummie's, 3314 Surfside, 361-883-1950

 
Major Attractions

Art Center of Corpus Christi, 361-884-6406
Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline, 361-825-3500
Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 N. Chaparral, 361-826-4667
South Texas Botanical Garden & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples, 361-852-2100
Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi Beach, 361-881-1200
Texas Surf Museum, 309-A North Water Street, 361-882-2364
Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, 866-729-2469
The Selena Museum, 5410 Leopard, 361-289-9013
USS Lexington, Corpus Christi Beach, 361-888-4873

 
 

 
RV Parks

Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir, 361-575-6366
Greyhound RV Park, 5402 Leopard, 866-704-2483
Gulf Waters RV Resort, 5601 State Hwy 361, 361-749-8888
Hatch RV Park, 3101 Up River Road, 361-883-9781
Laguna Shore Village RV Park, 3828 Laguna Shores, 361-937-6035
On the Beach RV Park, 907 Beach Access Road, 361-749-4909
Padre Palms RV Park, 131 Skipper Lane, 361-937-2125
Puerto del Sol RV Park, 5100 Timon, 361-882-5373
Sea Breeze RV Park, 1026 Seabreeze, 361-643-0744
Surfside RV Resort, 1820 S. Eleventh, 361-749-2208

Fishing Guides

Bay Fishing on the Island Queen, 361-749-6969
C & T Bay Charters, 361-946-5290
Captain Jon Fails, 361-949-0133
Captain Lee Girard, 361-563-9806
Captain Ralph Ray, 361-749-5607
Dolphin Dock Party Boats, 361-749-4188
Fish This 34 Defiance, 361-749-5607
Port Aransas Adventures, 361-758-6900
Ron's Guide Service, 361-790-9541 or 361-557-0555
Slowride Guide Service, 361-758-0463
The Fishbone Company, 361-749-6345
Warren Alan's Guide Service, 361-992-2972 or 945-2972
Woody's Sport center, 361-749-5252

 
Fun Things to Do

Corpus Christi Trade Center - Largest indoor market in S. Texas, 2833 S Padre Island Drive
Dolphin & Lighthouse Boat Tours, 361-779-3188
Dolphin Watch Nature Tours, 361-749-6969
Go Karts, 9605 SPID, 361-937-9400
Padre Island Country Club, 14353 Commodore, 361-949-8006
Northshore Country Club, 801 Broadway, 361-643-1546
Haunted History Limo Ghost Tours, 361-992-7234
Horses on the Beach and ATV Fun on the Island, 16562 SPID - Park Rd 22, 361-949-4944
RJA Ghost Tours, 361-673-2910
Segway Tours, 361-563-4050
Yacht Charters, 361-688-1651
Wind & Wave Surf Shop - 10721 SPID, 361-937-9283
Harley-Davidson Rentals, 502 SPID, 361-854-3146

Birding

Rockport Adventures, 877-892-4737
Coastal Bend Audubon Society
Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Aransas Bay Birding Charters, 361-790-3746
Whooping Crane Tours, 361-727-0643
Whooping Crane Boat Tours, 800-605-5448
Aransas Bay Birding Charters, 361-790-3746
Whooping Crane Festival

 

 
Corpus Christi Outdoors
No city offers a more unique variety of beach fun than Corpus, where two distinctly different beaches beckon sun worshipers.
Sailing Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Attractions
Corpus offers as much, or more, to do than one can find in a metropolis a dozen times its size.
USS Lexington Museum
 

Corpus Christi Information

Corpus Christi Official Website
Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-678-6232
Chamber of Commerce
Beach Parking Permits
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority
Parks & Recreation
Hurricane Information
Public Libraries,
 361-880-7070
Corpus Christi Marina
Contact Corpus Christi Customer Service
Padre Island National Seashore, 361-949-8068
Beach Surf Conditions, 361-949-8175
Corpus Christi Airport, 361-289-0171
Corpus Christi Marina, 361-826-3980
Port Corpus Christi, 361-882-5633
Wind Information, 361-992-WIND

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