American Bank Center. Bank of America Center is Corpus Christi’s ultimate entertainment and meeting venue, featuring the American Bank Center Arena, Selena Auditorium and the Convention Center. The state-of-the-art, 150,000 sq. ft. American Bank Center Arena presents exciting sporting events - basketball, ice hockey, and boxing – major concerts, entertainment events and exhibitions.
The Arena features a split-tiered seating system that puts every spectator closer to the performer for an intimate setting. Named for the late Tejano entertainer, Selena Auditorium, with its outstanding acoustics, is one of the most attended entertainment venues in the Coastal Bend area. Visit www.americanbankcenter.com



American Bank Center Convention Center. From sparkling glass to Texas limestone, American Bank Center Convention Center offers excellent facilities for a variety of events, conferences, exhibitions and meetings. Just steps from Corpus Christi Bay, the Center offers 76,000 sq. ft. of exhibit halls, two ballrooms, and 21 meeting rooms, as well as a glass-encased entrance with a circular drive. The Grand Foyer Lobby with a magnificent view of the bay provides access to all venues at the American Bank Center. The 20,000 sq. ft. Bayview Ballroom overlooks Corpus Christi Bay from 20 feet above.

Corpus Christi Beaches. One of the top vacation spots in Texas, the Corpus Christi Bay area offers 161 miles of beautiful wide beaches for swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, waterskiing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, and sunbathing. Stroll in solitude and collect shells, fish in the gentle surf or relax with friends, Texas style. Downtown on Shoreline Blvd., McGee Beach is a wonderful family beach where children can play and swim in the calm Gulf waters. On the other side of the Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi Beach is the perfect spot to swim, surf and enjoy everything under the sun.

Britton Evans Centennial House. Built by Captain Forbes Britton in 1849, the Centennial House is the oldest structure in Corpus Christi. In 1862 during the Civil War, the house served as a Confederate hospital. It was also used as a hospital and officers' mess hall for the Federal Army in 1866 and as a citizen's refuge during desperado and Indian raids during the 1870s. Call (361) 882-8691.

Texas State Aquarium. Every visit to the Texas State Aquarium, on Corpus Christi Beach, is an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Observe dive shows, feeding demonstrations, and enjoy hands-on experiences with sharks, stingrays and hermit crabs. Explore sharks in Islands of Steel and travel deep into the Amazon to face the most exciting, colorful and dangerous creatures on earth. Call (361) 881-1200 or visit   [Top]
Padre Island National Seashore. Located along the south Texas coast, this sparkling preserve by the sea embraces 113 miles of white sand and shell beaches, picturesque windswept dunes, wild landscapes of grasslands and warm Gulf waters. Padre Island National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island and beach in the world and offers a diversity of flora and fauna, wildlife and recreation. Over 80 miles long, Padre Island offers unending beach and nature trails for fishing, hiking, extreme biking, beachcombing, surfing, swimming, windsurfing, picnicking, camping, bird watching, water-skiing and off-road driving. Bird Island Basin on Laguna Madre is a top windsurfing spot due to its steady wind, warm water and shallow depths, and has a boat launching ramp for fishermen. Padre Island is also one of the only places in the world where endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nest. Call (361) 949-8068. h

Bird Island Basin. Part of Padre Island National Seashore, Bird Island Basin offers not only a boat ramp to Laguna Madre, but is also a beautiful place to launch a kayak and swim. The Basin is one of the top windsurfing spots in the nation due of its steady wind, warm water and shallow depths. This is a great place to learn the sport. Swimming is permitted on all beaches. Visit .

Pirate & Smuggling Museum. Fans of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie might want to check out the real thing in the Corpus Christi area. The Pirate and Smuggling Museum on Padre Island, where pirates were known to roam, exhibits mannequins of pirates who lived hundreds of years ago, swords, cannonballs and grappling hooks, plus British officer manuals and publications about smugglers and pirates.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science & Natural History. South Texas' largest museum, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History presents 87,000 artifacts and objects and 400,000 archival photographs and records of the natural and cultural history of South Texas and its place in the world. Experience the story of the cultural crossroads of the New World through an impressive collection of archaeological, historical, archival and biological specimens and artifacts, as well as educational exhibits and galleries. Visit   [Top]
Corpus Christi Greyhound Racetrack. Enjoy the thrills of live greyhound racing at Corpus Christi Greyhound Racetrack. Corpus Christi presents 13 races at every performance, which are nightly at 7:30pm Thursdays - Saturday with matinees at 1:30pm. Full card simulcasts of greyhounds and thoroughbreds begin daily at 11:00 AM. Corpus Christi Greyhound Racetrack features a Dining Room and a fully-enclosed grandstand overlooking the track with a simulcast floor. You can wager with tellers or at hundreds of automated betting machines throughout the track. Visit .

Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a leading South Texas nature tourism destination showcasing colorful, exotic floral exhibits blended with vast conserved areas of native habitat and natural wetlands. The fascinating 180-acre site along the Oso Creek Greenbelt system is a Texas Watchable Wildlife Program site and is on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. It also is as one of the key birding sites in Corpus Christi, which has been named the Birdiest City in the US. Tour the Orchid House, Exhibit House, Plumeria collection, Sensory Garden, Hibiscus Garden and Water Garden. Explore the shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail, Oso Creek Trail, Gator Lake and extensive natural wetlands and protected habitat. Call (361) 852-2100 or visit .

Art Museum of South Texas. The Art Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs that reflect the rich multicultural heritage of South Texas. Outreach programs include gallery talks, artist residencies, videos, dance, theatrical and musical performances. Exhibits share space with breathtaking views of the bay in this facility designed by renowned architect Phillip Johnson. Admission is by donation. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Call (361) 825-3500 or visit .

Capt. Clark’s Fishing Charters. Hop aboard the Phase II Express, a 44-foot fiberglass headboat sailed by Capt. C.L. Clark, II, and enjoy an unforgettable fishing experience. The Phase II Express - located in beautiful downtown Corpus Christi in the city marina on the Peoples Street T-Head – hosts up to 49 fishermen, and features state-of-the-art navigational equipment, including a fish finder, a snack bar and a captain who knows where the fish are. The veteran Captain and crew are have been working the Corpus Christi Bay fishing scene for many years and will inform you about bait, tackle, safety and anything you need to know to catch the big ones. Visit   [Top]
Heritage Park & Multicultural Center. Heritage Park is the site of nine historical Corpus Christi homes, the oldest dating back to 1851. Many of the beautifully-restored homes are recorded Texas Historical Landmarks and are a tribute to the ethnic diversity and culture of the area. The Multicultural Center includes the Courtyard, Central Plaza, the Lytton Memorial Rose Garden and the Galvan House, which features art and cultural exhibits. Visit .

Captain Clark's Flagship. Captain Clark's Flagship is a 400-passenger sightseeing vessel in downtown Corpus Christi in the People's Street T-Head marina. Cruise along the beautiful downtown bayfront, passing the USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium and the Columbus Fleet on the way into the Port of Corpus Christi. Enjoy a wonderful cruise on beautiful Corpus Christi Bay, as you sightsee from three decks. Enjoy the concession, full bar and excellent narration on every cruise. Visit .

Corpus Christi Marina. Set your anchor at the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina, the centerpiece of Corpus Christi. Located on Corpus Christi Bay, protected from the Gulf by sandy barrier islands off the coast, the Corpus Christi Bayfront is a natural destination and a beautiful tropical setting for boating, fishing and sailing. Called the “T-heads” by locals, this scenic bayfront is bustling with activity - private yachts, sightseeing boats, water sports and waterside restaurants. Buy fresh shrimp right off boats and see the colorful sailboat regatta every Wednesday evening.

Art Center of Corpus Christi. Home to local art in the Coastal Bend, Art Center of Corpus Christi brings together four pleasures: viewing art in its seven galleries, shopping in the Gift Gallery and local artists’ studios, dining in the restaurant and the creation of wonderful art. The Art Center promotes local and regional artists and provides exhibit and meeting space, workshops and classes. An educational venue for community outreach projects, the Center raises awareness of the rich cultural and artistic resources in the Coastal Bend. Visit   [Top]
FUNTRACKERS Family Fun Center. FUNTRACKERS delivers hours of family fun, with go-kart race cars for kids of all ages, as well as a thrilling Pro Track for adults. Test your skills at the 18-hole miniature golf course, bumper boats and a mechanical bull. The arcade houses over 80 games to play, with chances to win tickets redeemable for prizes. The younger ones love the Kiddie Rides. Visit

Selena Museum. The Selena Museum honors the life and memory of the late Tejana singing star, Selena. The museum displays outfits and dresses worn by Selena at concerts and award shows, each her own design, her red Porsche and personal memorabilia from the musical super star from Corpus Christi. Visit .

Texas Surf Museum. Hang ten at the Texas Surf Museum and Hall of Fame in Corpus Christi. Enjoy exhibits and displays devoted to surf culture, surf music and the birth and growth of surfing along the Texas coast. Interviews with Texas’ legendary surfers, board makers and Lone Star Surf celebrities are featured in various displays. Check out the exhibit that demonstrates the creative process of board shaping. Visit .

Texas AM Corpus Christi Nature & Hiking Trail. This scenic trail is enjoyed by hikers, runners, fitness enthusiasts and nature explorers. The lighted trail is an excellent place to walk, bike, rollerblade and jog while taking in the splendor of Ward Island. Visit   [Top]
Concrete Street Amphitheater. Enjoy incredible live music from the biggest stars in rock and country music, including Los Lonely Boys and Gretchen Wilson, at Corpus Christi’s top music and concert venue. Visit .

USS Lexington. Step foot aboard this WWII aircraft carrier at Corpus Christi Beach and embark on a journey of amazing sights and sounds. Let your imagination run wild aboard the USS LEXINGTON, the most famous aircraft carrier in U.S. Naval history. Climb behind the controls of a Jet Fighter or catch hit movies in the Mega Theater, where you’ll be immersed in giant screen images and thundering sound. Take a ride in the Flight Simulator or enjoy breathtaking views from the Flight Deck. Call 800-LADY-LEX and (361) 888-4873, or visit .

Mustang Island/ Mustang Island State Beach. Enjoy five miles of beautiful, open beaches, deep-sea fishing, funky shops and waterside restaurants on Mustang Island - just southeast of Corpus Christi. Take the ferry and watch dolphins frolic in the ship channel. Enjoy deep sea fishing charters and whale watching trips. One of the most popular family beaches in Texas, Mustang Island State Beach offers excellent picnicking, fishing, beach combing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, sunbathing, surfing, camping and birding. Barbecuing and bonfires are also trendy pastimes and the shores offer shells and treasures.

Mustang Riding Stables. Experience a natural experience as your ride along the expanse of beach on Mustang Island. Walk, trot, or ride your horse into the gentle surf and enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf and beach. Mustang Riding Stables rents horses every day from 9:00am to 5:00 pm. Visit   [Top]
Port Aransas. Beautiful beaches, vibrant views and relaxing retreats make Port Aransas the perfect place to soak in the sun, fish the bays, shop coastal stores, birdwatch, or charter a boat. Port Aransas is the deep sea fishing capital of Texas, and Gulf waters are brimming with red snapper, king, mackerel and pompano. Fish the jetties, bays or surf. Bring your binoculars to Port Aransas, home to hundreds of birds, or join the “A Celebration of the Whooping Crane and Other Birds” in February. Visit unique shops - from surfing and fishing gear to art and wonderful coastal restaurants. Take a ferry ride over and watch dolphins frolic in the ship channel.

Aransas Pass & Ingleside. These seaside villages, 30 minutes from Corpus Christi, are magnets for artists and nature lovers. Visit Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, home to the mighty Whooping Crane and 374 other species during the year, a birders paradise.

Kings Ranch/Kingsville. Kingsville, Texas is cattle country, capturing the spirit of the old west. Just south of Corpus Christi, Kingsville grew around the famous King Ranch, one of the largest (825,000 acres) and oldest working cattle ranches in the world. Take the guided tour of King Ranch, and learn about the early days of ranching at the King Ranch Museum and the Conner Museum at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Browse through quaint shops downtown and enjoy a big Texas steak.

Rockport-Fulton. The charm of the Texas Coast, Rockport-Fulton, on the edge of Aransas Bay, is home to countless artists who get inspiration from the tranquil environment. Explore art galleries and shops, and dine on delectable seafood. Wet your line into the waters that surround Rockport, famous for record catches of a variety of sport fish, and come home with a trophy. Tour the historic Fulton Mansion that dates back to the 1870s, see a huge, 1000-year-old oak tree, and play inspired golf on one of the coast’s courses. Rockport Art Festival (July 1, 2) features a juried fine arts show, pottery, watercolor, woodcarving and more.  [Top]
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