With a spectacular coastline, pristine beaches, and interesting history, the town of Corpus Christi in Texas has become a popular tourist destination over the years.
The town was named by a Spanish explorer, Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, who settled here and gave it the Latin name, Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ).
Today the town is famously referred to as the Texas Riviera thanks to the resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other attractions that have cropped up around the coast.The Blue Ghost: USS Lexington
This enormous aircraft carrier played a significant role in the Pacific during World War II. The carrier is now a brilliant naval museum. She was famously called “The Blue Ghost” after the dark blue camouflage that made it virtually impossible for the Japanese to spot or track it.
Any visit to Corpus Christi would be incomplete without visiting the USS Lexington. With good hotels such as Hotel Alice TX Hwy 281 West only 47 miles away, a comfortable trip to this historical carrier is convenient and enjoyable.Padre Island National Seashore
Birding enthusiasts must visit the incredible Padre Island located south of Corpus Christi. With over 130,000 acres of grassland, beaches, and dunes, it is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The island is a paradise for bird watchers who can observe 350 different species of exquisite migratory birds here.Selena Museum
Fans of popular Latina culture need no introduction to Selena. Selena Quintanilla was a famous Latina singer who lived in Corpus Christi. She was tragically shot and killed at the age of 23. The Selena Museum pays tribute to her short but incredible life. The exhibits range from stories about her life, costumes, awards, her personal items, and a model of her recording studio. Fans and curious travelers can also visit the Seaside Memorial Park where her final resting place is located.Texas State Aquarium
Head to the Texas State Aquarium for fun displays on the aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico. The most popular attraction here is the Dolphin Bay, which is home to the beautiful Bottlenose Dolphins. Visitors can observe these delightful mammals up-close at the underwater observation area in the bay. Children can also have a whale of a time at the splash park and fossil dig site on the premises.South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
If you are a horticulture enthusiast, make your way to paradise, also known as the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Lose yourself in the beauty of exquisite hibiscus gardens and rare flowers at the Orchid House. The center also has numerous nature trails with greenery, tall grasses, cacti, and perhaps even a coyote or deer.Food in Corpus Christi
Visitors can try authentic Mexican food or sample food at various multi-cuisine restaurants in the city. Head to Kiko’s Mexican Food Restaurant and Cantina for amazing breakfast tacos. The Yardarm is a good place to try some of Corpus Christi’s famous seafood.How to reach:
The best way to reach Corpus Christi is by flying into Corpus Christi International Airport. Several major airlines like United, Southwest, and American Eagle operate flights with connections to Houston and Dallas.
If you’re taking the train, the nearest Amtrak link is in San Antonio, Texas.Best Accommodation in Corpus Christi
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