Corpus Christi is known by many as a beach town, but there are plenty of fun and interesting attractions besides the sand and surf. Corpus has a multitude of fun amusement parks and historic landmarks. Let’s take a look at some must-see places that the town has to offer.
Originally commissioned during World War II, the U.S.S. Lexington broke more records than any other aircraft carrier during its service. The ship was decommissioned in 1991 after 50 years as a ship in the United States military. During World War II, this ship was an active participant in almost every Pacific operation. Lexington’s planes destroyed over 800 planes during the war and damaged more than 900,000 tonnes of enemy cargo. Japanese fighters reported that the USS Lexington was sunk four different times during the conflict, but the ship was repaired and able to fight another day each time. Today you can visit the ship, permanently docked in the bay. The ship has self-guided tours with an abundance of information and history on the ship’s operations. Families can even book a night in the ship, where they will stay in old soldier bunks and hear ghost stories surrounding the ship. If you’re just looking for a day visit, the ship is open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm. Discounted tickets are offered for children.
Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State Aquarium is the largest in the state. It offers habitats that feature fish from the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and well out into the open sea. There are more than two thousand different animals across more than 350 species. The aquarium’s guides lead animal feedings, dive shows, and provide the opportunity to touch a shark! There are also habitats with birds, otters, reptiles, and other wetland creatures. The aquarium’s largest expansion finished in the Summer of 2017. This add-on nearly doubled the size of the facility and brought in many new species of fish from the Yucatan peninsula. The facility is open 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Purchase online tickets ahead of time to save some money on the entrance fee. Because the facility is so large, people typically end up spending about four hours working their way through. There are several different dining options to enjoy when the kids are ready for a lunch break.
Harrison’s Landing is a can’t-miss experience for the foodies visiting Corpus Christi. The floating restaurant is located in the heart of the Corpus Christi Marina. You’ll be surrounded by the sailboats docked in the marina with a perfect view of downtown. Live music is often playing during weekend afternoons, adding to the fun atmosphere. We recommend the fish tacos, and the chips and salsa are also to die for. The restaurant is open from 11am until 9pm on weekdays. If you’re planning to visit during peak dinner hours, we recommend that you call ahead to make a reservation.