Corpus Christi Better known as the Sparkling City by the Sea is a gorgeous Southeast Texas city close to the Gulf Coast, and year-round, it plays host to many activities and events. The city dates back to 1830, when Col. Henry Lawrence Kinney set up a small trading post to sell supplies to a Mexican revolutionary army. In 1845, the U.S. established a camp there in preparation for war with Mexico, and Corpus Christi was incorporated in 1852.
The city is built around a large natural bay, accessed by water via the Gulf and a 20-plus-mile channel. Downtown, there are many entertainment and cultural venues and restaurants. The Art Museum of South Texas offers free admission the first Friday of every month to its permanent collections and special exhibits. The Texas Surf Museum is also popular, showing the Lone Star State's unique contributions to surfing history. Catch a Corpus Christi IceRays hockey game at American Bank Center Arena or a play at the Harbor Playhouse. A 10-minute drive across the ship channel with great views from the high bridge is the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium.Padre Island National Seashore is a popular beach destination about 20 miles from downtown, ideal for the entire family. Swim, fish or build sandcastles along the shore. The Beach Loop is a 70-mile drive that goes from downtown to Padre island check out the new Schlitterbahn Waterpark before turning onto Mustang Island then to Port Aransas and back to downtown Corpus Christi.Some of the area's don't-miss events include the Festival of the Arts the last week in March and the Aransas Pass Shrimporee each June.
Mike McCann enjoys boating on the Texas Gulf Coast and produces event newsletters twice monthly covering the Gulf Coast for OnTheWaterLifestyle.com