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Fun Things to do in Corpus Christi, Texas with Kids

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The sky is crystal blue, the air is blistering hot, but the breeze is refreshing as is blows in from the Gulf. I love the beach, and Corpus Christi, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit for a few reasons. First, my mother loved bringing us here as a child, so I grew up with fond memories of beaches and a few restaurants we always visited on our trips. My father lives in the area now, so it is nice to take the girls to see him and relive some of my childhood memories. The drive is not too terribly far from the Dallas area; a full day of driving, but it’s a nice beach at a close distance. San Antonio and Houston are even closer. We love to visit because there are so many fun things to do in Corpus Christi with kids.

Corpus Christi Beaches

The most obvious attraction in Corpus Christi is the beach. There are many beautiful beach areas that can make the perfect beach vacation with kids. Our favorite beach is absolutely worth the thirty minute drive and short ferry ride. Please make plans to visit Port Aransas. There are numerous restaurants with a variety of food options. (I had one of the best pizzas of my life there!) The beaches are less crowded and tend to be a bit cleaner. Tents, RVs, and entire families celebrating together are common sights. I’ve also seen distance swimmers, wake boarders, and some surf boards. Families building sand creations are abundant, so bring your toys and tools!

Texas State Aquarium

One attraction that we visit each trip is the Texas State Aquarium. The animal shows are fun and entertaining and the girls love to feed the sting rays. Be sure to take cash with you to this attraction — there are a few “cash only” opportunities. A relatively new addition is the outdoor splash park  It is a great way to cool down and relax at the end of the trip. There is also a water park that just opened in 2012. We did not visit it on our last trip, but it is located near the aquarium.

Salt Water Fish in Drilling Platform Habitat

Salt Water Fish in drilling platform habitat.

Plenty of Fish In the Sea

If your family is interested in fishing, Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas are perfect. You can try your hand in a bay trip or venture onto the deep blue sea for a deep sea fishing trip. A variety of options are available from party boats (the most cost effective options) to charter boats (pricier, but with personal attention and more opportunities to land the big one). Be sure to check which fish are in season during your trip, because that might affect which trip you choose.

Fishing licenses are required but are easily acquired in multiple locations. (We get ours at a large superstore when we get crackers to feed the sea gulls!) Trips vary in length from a couple of hours to several days in length. Some trips (smaller boats, fewer guests) might be more appropriate for younger children. Typically, my husband will go out on a day trip (12-14 hours) while the girls and I have a beach and aquarium day. Most (if not all) of the fishing companies offer services to clean fish upon return. We always carry an ice chest on this trip and bring it back full of fresh fish. Even in the Texas heat, it will travel well with ice changed daily.

USS Lexington

We have not visited the USS Lexington in several years, but the floating museum was very entertaining while offering a lot of history. We tied in the stories of the ship with stories passed down from my grandfather, a World War II veteran.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Another not-to-miss attraction is the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. My children had a blast exploring the exhibits that included live animals, fossils, and a “play” area allowed them to “do” science. In a world of conveniences, standing aboard a replica of the Pinta and imagining an Atlantic crossing is an experience worth having!

Corpus Christi is a great weekend getaway from several of the larger Texas cities, but you could also make a longer vacation as well.

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Heather and her family were born and raised in east Texas, where she is an assistant principal. Her husband teaches high school chemistry and her daughters are…

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