Full of rich history, museums, marinas, and incredible harbor views, Corpus Christi is more than a beach destination. There’s always something to see or do in the largest city on the Texas coast and the fourth-largest port in the nation, so grab your camera and get walking.
Immerse yourself in the history of Corpus Christi at Heritage Park, a cluster of twelve historic homes dating back to the mid-1800s. The beautifully restored dwellings are excellent examples of Victorian and Classic Revival architecture, and their association with significant events and prominent families of South Texas earned several the designation of Texas Historical Landmarks. The Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center, located in the Merriman-Bobys house, is a great resource for information, maps, and discount coupons to Corpus Christi’s main attractions. The Sidbury House, which a long list of the city’s most prominent historical figures have called home, is said to be one of the city’s most haunted spots.
Old Bayview Cemetery
After your tour of Heritage Park, head to the Old Bayview Cemetery, where at least one former Heritage Park homeowner is buried under the ancient mesquite trees. The oldest federal military cemetery in Texas, Colonel H.L. Kinney, donated the land in 1845. Veterans from five different wars have been laid to rest here, including soldiers from the Texas War of Independence and the War of 1812.
Walk the Harbor Bridge
If you entered Corpus Christi via Highway 181, you’ve already marveled at the iconic Harbor Bridge. The bridge is the second tallest in Texas, at 243 feet tall, and spans 620 feet across. At night, it’s lit with nearly 1,000 sparkling LEDs. Crowds gather in Heritage Park every first Sunday of the month to trek the full length of the bridge. With construction of a new bridge underway, don’t miss your chance to catch unparalleled views of the city skyline, the USS Lexington, and the Port of Corpus Christi. The new structure is scheduled to replace the current structure next spring.
Nicknamed the “Blue Ghost,” this Essex-class WWII aircraft carrier turned naval aviation museum is one of the city’s main attractions. The ship features virtual battle stations, a flight simulator, and self-guided tours of the flight deck. The USS Lexington has also made on-screen appearances in the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster Pearl Harbor and the popular Discovery Channel show “Ghost Hunters.”
Downtown Photography Tour
Download the Frontera App to find a walking tour of historic buildings and photos of historic Corpus Christi from the 1930s. Downtown Corpus Christi offers many murals for photo opportunities including the Dia de Los Muertos mural on the balustrade on Lower Broadway and Starr street and the Rooster mural at the House of Rock.
Corpus Christi Municipal Marina
On Wednesday nights, catch a sunset regatta race at the Texas Coast’s only downtown marina. Watch local sailors launch from bleachers at the Lawrence Street T-Head, or pair your drinks with a view at the local spot, Harrison’s Landing.