Popular attractions in the bay area of Corpus Christi include parks, museums, and lots of outdoor activities. As you move into your new home in Corpus Christi and prepare for retirement, take a quick look at the following sites in the city.
The Padre Island National Seashore is only 15 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi, yet it consists of 70 miles of white sand beach and dunes. Spend the day swimming, surfing, fishing, and birdwatching. You can purchase a park pass for one day ($10 per vehicle or $5 for bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians) or an annual pass ($20 per vehicle).
Appreciating nature is easy at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center located on South Staples Street. You can view a variety of flowers and plants, including orchids, roses, and plumeria, as well as several species of birds. The admission price is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors age 60 and older.
The Texas State Aquarium is home to thousands of animals and has seen over 12 million visitors since it opened in 1990. As you tour the aquarium, you may see the following exhibits: Aquatic Nursery, Dolphin Bay, Eagle Pass, Flower Gardens, Islands of Steel, Living Shores, Nearshore, Otter Creek, Saving Sharks, Stingray Lagoon, Swamp Tales, Tentacles, Tortuga Cay, and Hawn Wild Flight Theater. Members are admitted for free, adult admission is $23.95, and seniors age 65 and older is $21.95 at the door.
Malaquite Beach is located on Padre Island and is considered the “longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world,” according to the National Park Service website. The park is a nesting ground for sea turtles and home to 380 bird species. You can contact the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361)949-8173, extension 5 to learn more.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is located on North Chaparral Street. By touring the museum, you will learn the history of Padre Island and the Corpus Christi area. Permanent exhibits include paleontology, local history, cultural encounters, shipwrecks, earth science, coastal ecology, and the nano verse. The price of admission is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors.
The Art Center of Corpus Christi has three galleries and features work by local and regional artists. Not only can you tour the exhibits, but you can also participate in classes and workshops. Classes are taught on the subjects of photography, metal casting and molds, pastels, oil painting, acrylics, portraits, watercolors, and pottery.
The Asian Cultures Museum and Educational Center is also located on North Chaparral Street and features the artwork and history of Asian culture. Beautiful hand-carved jade pieces and other artifacts are on display. Past exhibits include oil paintings from Hsiao-Hsia Tsai, Japanese crafts, and the National Taiwanese Treasure Box.
The South Texas Institute for the Arts is considered one of the best in Southern Texas and features rotating work from various artists. Exhibitions have included Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Spanish Colonial Gallery, The Color of Being, and Santa Classics.
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