New year, new decade.
If you do decide to get away from the same old as the same old in 2020, try one – or two or three – of these under-the-radar activities in Corpus Christi.
Spend the night on the USS Lexington
Sure, you’ve been to the Lexington Museum on the Bay during the day, but have you stayed there? The museum offers overnight accommodation for Boy Scouts, home school students, and adventure seekers of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the ship, watch a movie in the Mega 3D Theater, take part in a scavenger hunt, exchange ghost stories, dine in the chow hall and sleep in the original crew quarters. You don’t want to miss this fun experience on a WWII aircraft carrier!
For more information on reserving a night at the museum, call 361-888-4873.
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.
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Take a nature walk at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve
Explore the wetlands of South Texas on a free nature tour at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve every Tuesday and Saturday. Park visitors are given binoculars to take a one-hour nature walk to observe some of the different plants and animals in the 162-hectare park.
For more information, call 361-826-3335.
2446 N. Oso Parkway
Stargaze like an old world explorer in Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park will host three nights in January 2020 to navigate the stars on the bathhouse observation deck for its Winter Constellation Tour. Visitors are invited to bring a chair and navigate the stars as Spanish and French explorers once did.
The event is free with paid park entry ($ 5 for adults, 12 years and younger is free).
Dates for the event: Saturday, January 4th, January 18th, January 25th, 7pm to 8pm
Explore the city’s downtown like a tourist
Just because you live in Corpus Christi doesn’t mean you can’t be a tourist in your own town.
Go dolphin sightseeing in the morning, ride a bike, take a scooter, jet ski, kayak or canoe down the bay at sunset.
Fun Time Rentals: 400 N. Shoreline Blvd., 361-443-0707
361KITE: 4242 Laguna Shores Road, 361-742-7966
Horse riding on the beach
You saw them near Bob Hall Pier and Padre Balli Park, but did you try horseback riding on the beach? Take the date night to a whole new level and enjoy a romantic sunset horseback ride or take the whole family to learn how to ride a horse in this tourist adventure.
Make a reservation at 361-949-4944.
Let your taste buds break out at some of the city’s under-the-radar restaurants
Don’t stick to your typical restaurants on South Padre Island Drive this year.
Discover secluded gems in town that are worth trying. For starters, enjoy the juiciest seared Mac n Cheese burger from Gordos American Eats on Baldwin Boulevard or indulge in gourmet Mexican food at Artesano. It’s on the back of the YWCA from Corpus Christi.
No matter what you choose, there is no shortage of under the radar restaurants to find culinary bliss in Corpus Christi.
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Stay at this bed and breakfast that looks like an old world Spanish hacienda
Looking for a romantic getaway in Corpus Christi? Stay in this private eight bedroom villa near Cole Park.
Villa la Casita, which is decorated with authentic woven textiles, white stucco and Spanish architecture, offers guests an authentic bed and breakfast atmosphere in the Sparkling City by the Sea.
The villa has arched doors and windows, a spiral staircase, furnished antiques, a Spanish courtyard, terrace and garden, and a wood-burning fireplace.
Guests can stay at the bed and breakfast for 195 USD / night * (one or two people in the master bedroom) or 245 USD / night * (three people and / or front and master bedrooms), for a minimum of two nights. To make a reservation at 361-946-6606 or 361-882-1444. More information is available at www.villalacasita.net.
1812 2nd Street
Learn how to sail in Corpus Christi Bay
There’s a reason Corpus Christi has been named the best city to sail by by sailors who love the local wind and water. If you are longing to start sailing, there are a number of ways to get your sea legs.
In downtown Corpus Christi, you can take private sailing lessons every Wednesday or learn the ropes as a crew member.
Where to learn:
The Corpus Christi Yacht Club offers private lessons and youth training camps from February to August each year. For more information, please contact the yacht club at [email protected] or call 361-883-6518.
Learn to Sail Texas offers sailing courses in keelboat sailing, coastal cruises, bareboat cruises, combination sailing and coastal navigation. For more information on tuition and instruction, please call 361-510-1540.
Corpus Christi MORF hosts sailing races in downtown Corpus Christi near the Corpus Christi Yacht Club every Wednesday at 6pm.
Not interested in learning? Sunset Sail Charters lets you sail into the bay from an experienced captain. For more information, please call 361-696-2269.
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Walk the harbor bridge
It is an unspoken rite of passage to step on the harbor bridge in Corpus Christi. And with the bridge being demolished over the next few years, there are even more reasons to get this activity off your bucket list in 2020.
Every month hundreds of locals (and tourists) gather on the bridge to see the most famous places and attractions of Corpus Christi.
The BridgeWalk starts on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. after the first Friday (ArtWalk) of each month. Bridge walkers are asked to drive to Heritage Park at 8am to read and sign a waiver prior to walking across the bridge.
Not a fan of heights? Do not worry! You have the option to take the Bay Route – an easier, more relaxing hike that is better for those who have small children, strollers, or dogs with them.
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