Corpus Christi has so much to do, it’s no wonder it’s the number one destination for so many adventure seekers year-round. When our summer season comes to an end, our fall and winter resort guests are hitting one of the dozens of fun spots all around the city and the shore. And with temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s, the great outdoors is cooler than ever.
That in mind, and our bags ever packed and ready, we asked our local folks for their list of six favorite Texas must-dos in Corpus Christi:
Come out of your shell at the Padre Island National Seashore. Momma turtles know a little bit about great beaches to bring babies to. That’s why Padre Island National Seashore, aka the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, is a great place to see sea turtles hatch. Although most releases happen from June to August, there are a few releases in the winter. They’re called “cold-stunned sea turtles” where turtles that have gotten stranded in the shallow waters of the intercoastal waterway during a strong cold front become so stunned, they have to recover in a safe, warm environment, then transported out into the warmer Gulf waters.
Chances are you are a bit better equipped than turtles when it comes to handling the cooler temps. And there’s plenty to do on the Padre Island National Seashore when the turtles are off enjoying the Gulf. Fishing. Birding. Canoeing and kayaking. And our favorite, walking barefoot while the waves hit the beach. Best of all, this incredible national park is just a 10-minute drive from our resort.
Details: Open Year Round. Ten-minute drive from our Resort.
Why walk when you can ride? Horses on the Beach is an option for your inner equestrian. With a stable of horses worthy of beginner and enthusiast alike, riding along the Gulf will give you a vacation experience that will last long after you’ve swept the sand out of your shoes.
Details: Contact in advance for reservations. Six-minute drive from our Resort.
History floats in Corpus Christi at the Lex. The U.S.S. Lexington is a World War II aircraft carrier which served the US longer and set more records than any other carrier in the history of naval aviation. A literal city built for the sea, the Lexington (or Lex, as we like to call her) is rated a number one destination on Trip Advisor, and for good reason. It’s packed full of history, wonder, and interactive exhibits designed for everyone from die-hard history buffs and curious adventure seekers.
Berthed on North Beach in Corpus Christi, the Lex features a 3-D mega theater, a three-football field long flight deck filled with vintage fighter jets, virtual battle stations, and sleeping space for more sailors than the largest hotel in the world. Back in its WW II days, it was reported sunk four times, each time returning to the fight. This earned it the nickname “The Blue Ghost.” Open every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, the Lex is a perfect stop on your beach tour de force.
Details: Great interactive tours. Twenty-three-minute drive from our Resort.
Meet the natives at the Texas State Aquarium. Recently doubled in sized, the Texas State Aquarium is a phenomenal journey through an incredible world just off our shore. There’s an aquatic nursery filled with baby seahorses, coral reef and underwater caverns exhibits, a state of the art 4D Shark experience, and Xena, everyone’s favorite two-toed sloth. The Aquarium’s mission includes wildlife rescue (they’ve saved over 1,000 sea turtles and hundreds of shorebirds) and rehabilitation. Combined with interactive and edutainment (a little education mixed in with your entertainment) this beautiful destination is more fun than a creek full of otters!
Details: Certain exhibits are available different times of year; check the website for details. Twenty-three-minute drive from our Resort.
Festive festival for all. Of all the great festivals we love in Corpus Christi, the Hot Tamale Festival in November is one of our all-time favorites. It’s a street festival to end all street festivals. There’s live music, there’s dancing, and there are tamales (of course). Tamale making is a tradition for many south Texas families, and the memories made making tamales are seconded only by the memories made eating them! Held in downtown Corpus Christi, you can taste some of the more eclectic offerings in the world of tamales, participate in the eating contest, or stock up some of your favorites for later. Love in a tamale? Yes, it’s possible!
Details: Sign up in advance for the eating contest! Twenty-minute drive from our Resort.
Fish and surf at Balli and Hall. If you like your fish at the end of a hook, you’ll want to visit Bob Hall Pier. The Pier is more than 1,200 feet long and jutting out deep in the water. It’s reported that grouper and speckled trout can be caught by avid anglers. If you don’t have your own gear, you can rent everything you need at the Pier.
But it’s not all bait and tackle fans at this end of the Island. The folks at magic seaweed give Balli Park a four-out-of-five star rating for surfing thanks to the consistent waves. That’s where Texas Surf camp holds its lessons during the summer, but it’s certainly still surf-worthy well into the fall.
Details: Local favorite and only a six-minute drive from our Resort.
Our Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi Resort is a lovely stepping off point for these adventures and so many more. Our expert front desk staff can help you identify and book the experiences that are perfect memory makers for you and your crew. Rates at our resort are equally stellar during the fall and winter, and traveling during our “resort season” allows you to enjoy the best the island has to offer without the summer crowds. Visit Schlitterbahn.com/corpus-christi to begin your adventure.