Beautiful Corpus Christi, Texas ~ Sparkling City By The Bay
Allow me to lead you on a tour of The Sparkling City By The Bay…
Moving here from Laredo, Texas when I was 13, I immediately fell in love with the sub-tropical city on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful scenery is just everywhere.
Several beaches, a river and a nearby lake are available for swimming, fishing and boating. A phenomenal botanical garden, amazing aquarium and a beloved aircraft carrier museum give our visitors experiences they will long remember.
Palm trees and sea gulls; dolphins and sharks; hummingbirds and deep sea fishing ~ there is something for everyone in my beautiful Sparkling City By The Sea: Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi – A Brief History
The name Corpus Christi which means body of Christ, was given to the city by the Spanish, who discovered the area in 1519.
Corpus Christi later became a frontier trading post, founded in 1838-39 by Col. Henry Kinney.
In July 1845, U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp in Corpus Christi to prepare for war with Mexico.
Historical Map Of Corpus Christi, Texas
What a fascinating history this beautiful mid-sized city has! The Spanish claimed it; The French claimed it; Mexico claimed it. There’s even a Spanish shipwreck on our barrier island, Padre Island.
Even before this map was made, Corpus Christi, as a trading post, first sold supplies to the Mexican revolutionary army camped near the city. What?
Later, General Zachary Taylor (yes, the President) camped in Corpus Christi in 1845-46, leading up to the war with Mexico.
Wouldn’t it have been interesting to see all that happening?
Some Great Things To Do In Corpus Christi!
Learn to surf at Padre Island National Seashore.
Go deep sea fishing on one of several local charters.
Ride the ferries between Port Aransas & Corpus Christi
Have a picnic at 43-acre Cole Park right by the water.
Watch the windsurfers along beautiful Ocean Drive ~ or learn to windsurf!
Visit the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, and bring your camera.
Check out McGee Beach; Because of its bay location, there is very little seaweed and no undertow, making it a perfect place to take the kids. Enjoy the view of sailboats, wind surfers, and shrimpers hauling in their catch.
Take in a Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball game.
Corpus Christi Is For The Birds!
Over 400 species of birds live here or pass through during different seasons. Some birds spend all winter here.
Millions of hummingbirds stop in the Corpus Christi Bay area to feed and rest during their fall and spring migrations. Thousands of people come to the area during the hummingbirds’ fall migration to see them. Nearby Rockport, Texas celebrates the yearly hummingbird visits with their Annual HummerBird Celebration. For more information, visit:
Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
If you like watching sea birds, you’ll enjoy the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see pelicans, sea gulls, ducks, herons, coots, egrets and spoonbills and so many more. You might even spot the Harris’ Hawks, warblers and the occasional Whooping Crane!
The refuge is an amazing site for photographers. This location is reportedly one of the best locations in the world for sea bird watching.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi
The first flight training started on May 5, 1941. In 1941, 800 instructors provided training for more than 300 student pilots a month. The training rate nearly doubled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 1944 it was the largest naval aviation training facility in the world.
Former President George H.W. Bush was in the third graduating class, June 1943, and the youngest pilot ever to graduate. NAS Corpus Christi also was home to the Blue Angels from 1951-1954. It also served as a Project Mercury Tracking station in the early 1960s.
NAS Corpus Christi is also home to the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), the largest helicopter repair facility in the world (and an unusual arrangement of an Army installation located on a Naval facility).
Don’t Miss These Great Attractions In Corpus Christi Texas
You don’t want to miss these!
Corpus Christi Botanical Garden & Nature Center; 180 acre garden where exhibits include an arid garden; an exhibit house with bromeliads, cycads, cacti, and succulents; a hibiscus garden; a hummingbird garden; landscape demo beds; an orchid house with more than 3000 orchids; a major collection of more than 100 plumeria varieties; a contemporary rose garden with a large pavilion; sensory garden; and water garden.
The Texas State Aquarium; with incredible exhibits featuring Atlantic bottle nose dolphins, birds of prey, sea turtles, otters and an actual coral reef with stingrays, moray eels, tarpon and barracuda. The aquarium plays a very important role in rescue, rehabilitation and release in the area.
Corpus Christi Hooks; catch a baseball game at Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. The Corpus Christi Hooks are the AA minor league team affiliate of the Houston Astros; partly owned by Nolan Ryan.
USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum
Padre Island National Seashore; fishing, swimming, surfing or just catching some sun; this is a beautiful beach.
American Bank Center; catch a concert (or even a PRCA rodeo) at the amazing American Bank Center.
Windsurfing is HOT in Corpus Christi
Windsurfers from all over the world come to Corpus Christi to learn, enjoy and compete with their windsurfing skills.
The City of Corpus Christi hosts an annual windsurfing competition that brings windsurfers from all over the world and draws a growing audience to watch the spills and thrills of this sport.
Famous Personalities From Corpus Christi, Texas
Eva Longoria Parker, Actress
Bobby LaBonte, NASCAR Champion
Farrah Fawcett, Actress
Selena (Quintanilla-Perez), Tejano Singer
Marc Singer, Actor (The Beastmaster)
Lou Diamond Phillips, Actor (La Bamba)
Lori Singer, Actress (Footloose)
Louise Mandrell and Irlene Mandrell, Mandrell Sisters (Barbara Mandrell was born in Houston)
Terry LaBonte, NASCAR Champion
Dabney Coleman, Actor
Allen Ludden, TV personality