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If the rally song “Corpus Christi Bay” doesn’t inspire you to visit one of the best cities in Texas Bay, let us give you an extra boost. When San Antonio is hot, humid, and frustratingly encased in concrete structures, try an escape south. The beer, salt water and fresh seafood will definitely convince you to stay an extra couple of nights. Here’s what to do while on the Texas Riviera.
From the counter
Try fried spam rice at Z-Counter
After a day at the beach, make sure your sunburned body is inside Z-Counter’s air-conditioned walls and try one of the creative dishes. Spam gets a bad rap, but when fried and lovingly stuffed alongside pineapple and rice, it should be universally loved. When in doubt, add a few fried eggs and some spam musubi.Texas Southwind Winery
Drive through nowhere to drink at Texas SouthWind Winery
If you venture a few miles north of the bay you will find a family run winery worth the drive. All wines are aged in stainless steel or glass barrels and the staff are happy to help with tasting. Known for its scenery, Texas SouthWind Winery lets you taste all of their wines for $ 6 – and keep the glass.Tapology
Sometimes hoppy, well-made beers can be tough to find when you’re not in San Antonio, Austin, or Houston, but Tapology got you covered in Corpus. Choose from a healthy menu of taps and bottled beers while you make new beach friends. We have never seen a patron in Tapology who wasn’t ready to show someone the ropes again.Bear pier
Fish, eat, and drink at Oso Pier
The best view in Corpus is from Oso Pier, where you can catch trout, drink cold drinks and eat fresh tuna. It’s surprising that Robert Earl Keen hasn’t written about this place – it deserves to be immortalized in a famous country song. The best time to go is during the lobster season, when delicious, owner-occupied boils are the norm. Buckle up some camping chairs, ride a bike to the Art Museum of South Texas lawn, and catch some great movies outdoors. Don’t worry about having to stock up on food and drink beforehand – the drive-in is well stocked with food trucks and a fully stocked bar.Texas State Aquarium
Watch dolphins swim and otters fight at the Texas State Aquarium
If you grew up in Texas, you likely visited the Texas State Aquarium on a school-sponsored trip. Don’t worry, it’s not as lame as you thought it was in middle school. On some exhibits, customers can touch the animals – ask an aquarium employee first. Who knew otters were so quick, pissed off, and full of energy? Try to visit on weekdays when the crowd is smaller.Hook baseball
Verified Fact: Nothing beats salty air, hot dogs, and a game of baseball. So check out the archenemy of the San Antonio Missions, and the 2006 Double-A Masters are playing their hearts out at Whataburger Field. Roger Clemens once knocked out eleven batters for the hook in six innings, and the team has been looking for a bolt of lightning in a bottle ever since. The park sells $ 1 worth of hot dogs and sodas about once a month. Check the team’s calendar for updates.South Texas Botanical Garden
Stroll through the Botanical Gardens in awe. The Plumeria Garden displays more than 100 species and is one of the largest public exhibitions in the United States. Make sure you take one of their expert classes. On June 25th, expert Debbie Pinkerton will teach you how to design your lawn for the excruciatingly hot Texas summers.
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Stephen almost prefers hooks to missions. Follow him on Twitter @stephen__ross.