Located on the southeastern coast of Texas, Corpus Christi is one of the top 10 most populous cities in the entire state. It's a highly significant port city that stretches out to cover more than 500 square miles, including both land and water. Corpus Christi is home to over 325,000 people, with close to half a million in the full metropolitan area. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: USS Lexington
The USS Lexington or, as her friends call her, “Lady Lex” or simply just Lex for short, is a former World War 2 Essex Class vintage aircraft carrier. This carrier served from 1944 to 1991 and at the time of her decommissioning, the carrier was the oldest Essex Class ship still working in the fleet. The Lexington was reported to have been sunk a remarkable four times, yet each time returned straight to battle. It was because of this that the carrier earned the fitting nickname of “Blue Ghost.”
Today, the Lexington is a permanent resident in the bay at Corpus Christi, Texas, and can be visited as an educational history museum. Here you can learn all about the ship's adventures and exploits during its almost 50-year-long career.
On the upper deck there is an exhibition on Pearl Harbor. An immersive film feature, it tells the tragic story of the attack that took place at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Be prepared to be shaken to the very core by the booming 8,000-watt speaker system that emulates the rumbling of the explosions, as this immersive experience allows you to really see, hear, and feel what it might have been like during the Japanese attack. The exhibition also contains a number of maps, photographs, and artefacts from the time.
Speaking of Pearl Harbor, the 2001 Ben Affleck movie of the same name was actually filmed in part aboard the Lady Lex herself. Screenings of the making of this film are also scheduled regularly in a comfortable viewing area.
If it’s just the big guns you want to see, then fear not as although the ship has long been decommissioned you still have the opportunity to view the anti-aircraft guns on a tour of the flight deck. During this tour, you will also get to take a look at 20 different amazing aircraft.
Since 1992, when the Lexington was opened to the public, it has been visited by over 5 million people. So why not hop aboard this multi-record breaking aircraft carrier today?
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas 78403, Phone: 361-888-4873
Attraction Spotlight: Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is a science and history museum dedicated to immersing visitors of all ages to exploration and real-world challenges. Established in 1952, the museum is located near the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge and the scenic harbor waterfront, and features 40,000 square feet space packed with interesting exhibits, displays, artifacts and objects from all over the world.
The Museum’s outstanding range of history and science exhibits features historical collections that tell the story of South Texas’s 500-year-old history and include decorative arts from families who lived in the area to historic shipwrecks from early explorers who crashed upon the shores. Designed to give visitors a deeper insight into the life, times and people of the region, the exhibits and displays are informative, interactive and innovative.
The mission of the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is to engage and educate the public about the history and science of the region, as well as inspire curiosity, understanding and a thirst for knowledge through world-class collections and exhibitions.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History features a range of exhibits that focus on the history and science of the region. Science-based exhibits include Seeds of Change, Paleontology, Xeriscape, Hall of Earth Science, Coastal Ecology, and Explore the Nanoverse. History-based exhibits include Corpus Christi History, Cultural Encounters, Shipwreck and the Kenedy Gallery. Children’s Wharf is a unique exhibition for young visitors, which includes interactive and immersive challenges, games and puzzles that encourage learning through play.
Funded by the Friends of the Corpus Christi Museum, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Science Center is a 5,000-square foot center that features a variety of larger-than-life, hands-on exhibits that focus on chemistry and engineering, DNA and cells, paleontology, math, physics, and particles. The Center also features a full-size Planetarium and other fun displays such as an infinity mirror, a musical piano stairway, and outdoor playground and picnic area with a ‘music garden’ for families.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History has a professional theater troupe, which offers performances, demonstrations, and reenactments using authentic artifacts and replicas to explore scientific and historical concepts. Visitors can discover how early Corpus Christians learned at school and bought goodies at the General Store.
The McGregor Gallery showcases the rich history of the city through the lens of world-renowned photographer, Doc McGregor. The alluring photographic exhibit features a collection of more than 250,000 black and white photographs of life in Corpus Christi and takes visitors on a journey back in time. Photos can also be purchased from the gallery.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History offers an array of educational programs, workshops performances, demonstrations and other activities for adults, families and children, educators, and college students that aim to inspire an interest in the history and science of South Texas.
Programs for children, young people, and their families include Free Family Days, Sensory Nights, and Girl Guide and Scout programs. Adult programming includes Science on Tap, where visitors can chat to scientists about ideas over a beer at the local pub, and museum lectures on various topics.
The Museum also offers an array of educational materials, workshops, tours and special programs for educators and teachers that aim to engage learning through real objects. Programs are designed to encourage critical thinking, creative communication and a better understanding of the rich diversity that exists in the community. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History hosts a variety of events throughout the year to raise funds for the upkeep of the Museum and other community outreach projects.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is located at 1900 N. Chaparral Street in Corpus Christi and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Geek-and-Chic Shop at the Museum sells all sort of weird and wonderful items, gifts, gadgets, games, books, and puzzles for all ages.
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1900 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401, Phone: 361-826-4667
Attraction Spotlight: Texas Surf Museum
The Texas Surf Museum, TX is dedicated to capturing, chronicling, and preserving the art, culture, and heritage of the lifestyle sport of surfing in the Lone Star State. Founded in 2005, the Texas Surf Museum is located 309A N. Water Street in Corpus Christi and features an array of rotating exhibits and displays that chronicle the history of surfboards and wave-riding in Texas, including surfboards and surfing equipment, surf art, surfing memorabilia, photographs, books, magazines, and videos.
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309A N. Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, Phone: 361-887-7075
Attraction Spotlight: Texas Sealife Center
The Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi, TX supports the conservation, rehabilitation, and release of all aquatic and coastal wildlife. They are a non-profit organization that formed from the recognition that there was a need for a much greater support network in South Texas after observing the growing number of animals admitted to wildlife centres across the USA each year.
Though still in its relative infancy, the dedicated team is enthusiastic about the development of the project and their passion is contagious. They are building a great deal of momentum and garnering public support as they proceed to grow. Their mission statement is to rescue any and all injured or stranded aquatic and coastal wildlife, to provide support, care, and rehabilitation for the rescued creatures, and then to eventually release them back into their native habitat. Alongside this, the centre hopes to educate and raise public awareness in regards to conservation and what can be done to help or limit our impact on the natural world around us.
The centre was first established from a small group of volunteers in 2010, but they have grown year after year and have built upon their impact and their ability to help and serve the local area. In 2012, the Texas Sealife Center found its home when they were granted permission to use a building in the Packery Channel Nature Park. In 2013, work began on renovating the building and converting it into an education centre, nature trail, and hospital. The capacity of the building to house birds and especially sea turtles, which are being admitted more and more regularly, has continued to grow, and as of 2016 they were nearing the completion of their Phase 1 plans for the project and looking forward to the future development of Phase 2.
They don’t keep themselves locked away at the centre itself, though, they are also incredibly active within the local area as well as in community funding and initiating various conservation efforts to help safeguard local wildlife. Working alongside other conservation groups in the area such as ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) and FOTA (Friend of the Ark), they are doing great things to help sea turtles on the local coastline.
The centre offers volunteer work and education to the public and anyone who wishes to get involved couldn’t be more welcome. If you love animals and want to do whatever you can, this is a rewarding and rich experience that will serve your own betterment as well as the world around you.
14220 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, Phone: 361-589-4023