102 Things You Should Do
Corpus Christi 1st— Embark, Enjoy, and Explore the First Weekend of the month in Corpus Christi. Art Tram Tour, ArtWalk, Marina Market Days, and the Harbor BridgeWalk!
Make a Splash!—Visit Hurricane Alley Waterpark, Corpus Christi’s newest attraction! Featuring loads of water-soaked fun for the whole family including Racer Slides, the Storm Surge wave pool and Cat 5, the tallest waterslide in South Texas!
Green Thumbs Unite! – Located at 8545 S. Staples just past the Oso Creek Bridge, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center offers 180 acres of natural beauty, whether hiking through the protected native habitat and wetlands featuring several species of birds, butterflies and animals or strolling through splendid gardens of plumeria, hibiscus, roses and the celebrated orchid house. 361.852.2100.
Surf’s Up! – Get your board-shorts on and get your board ’cause Surf’s Up!!! Bob Hall Pier J.P. Luby, Horace Caldwell, Packery Channel, and St. Joe’s Island are just a few of the many surf spots on the Gulf Coast. The Coastal Bend boasts 131 miles of inviting sandy beaches. The average water temperature is 71 degrees.
Wind Beneath Your Wings – Corpus Christi is a popular location for windsurfers; many launch their boards from Cole Park. For more information, visit www.corpuschristiwindsurfing.com and Bird Island Basin
Yakaty Yak, Kayak! – From the Nueces, Aransas, and Mission Rivers to the Laguna Madre or the Packery Channel, you’ll be sure to see all the wildlife Corpus Christi has to offer. Check out Wind and Wave Water Sports. Bird Island Basin is a great place to launch a kayak. (See Map)
This one’s for the BIRDS! – The Coastal Bend boasts one of the best regions for bird watching. Whooping Cranes, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, and Hawks are some of the fantastic bird species you can see while in Corpus Christi. Some parks to visit include Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge (Ennis Joslin & Nile) and Hazel Bazemore Park (77.6 acre park off FM 624 & CR 69). The Annual Great Texas Birding Classic is held every year in the spring; for more information go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
Do the Loop – Take the scenic route from downtown along Ocean Dr. with gorgeous views of the bay. Make sure to drive across the JFK Causeway to Port Aransas and then take the ferry to Aransas Pass then on to Portland, and finally over into Corpus Christi, and over the Harbor Bridge. Be sure to check out the USS Lexington and Whataburger Field from the bridge. (Total mileage 65 miles) get mileage, small map.
Go antiquing! Can’t find that rare collectable? Try these antique stores: Betty’s Trash to Treasures Too, 4315 S. Alameda; Deluxe Antiques, 821 S. Staples; and Bleu Frog Mercantile, 1710 S. Alameda.
Horses on the Beach – Yee Ha!!! Saddle up the horses, and be a real cowboy or cowgirl. They have horses for first timers, small children, and experienced riders. 16562 S. Padre Island Dr., 361.949.4944 in Corpus Christi.
Eat Pizza at B&J’s Pizza!—Located at 6335 S. Padre Island Dr. Try the great pizza pies with the freshest toppings! You’ll also want to check out their World-of-Beers selection. You won’t find any other place like this in the city...except for their other location at South Staples and Timbergate. 361.992.6671
Duck Duck Goose – Get away from the fast life of the city…instead, pitch a tent and enjoy the fresh air…on breath-taking Goose Island. 202 S. Palmetto St., Rockport, TX, 361.729.2858, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/goose_island
Find your center… - Find your inner peace, clear your mind, and learn to be more flexible with Yoga. The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi, located at 513 Clifford St., 361.883.1052, offers an array of classes for beginners or advanced students. You can also find great yoga classes at Crossroads Yoga, 5830 McArdle., 361.992.1111.
Explore the LEX – Tour the most highly decorated aircraft carrier of World War II, now a floating museum since its retirement after 48 years of service – the longest tour of any U.S. Navy ship. The 16-story “Blue Ghost” displays military artifacts and more than a dozen aircrafts. Visitors can explore the vessel, try a flight simulation, and catch a movie in the new 3D theater!. 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd., 1-800-LADY LEX, www.usslexington.com
Be Cool – The Yin Yang Fandango & the Tango Tea Room at 505 S. Water St is the place to be for any Bohemian action in Corpus Christi. The eclectic earth store has expanded to include massage therapy, hip clothing and, of course, a restaurant featuring tasty vegetarian specialties and a variety of herbal teas. Take advantage of the Farmer’s Market hosted there on Wednesday evenings with the freshest produce available! 361.883.9123
Take a picture…of the surfing Jesus…it will last longer – Come take a picture of a priceless statue of Jesus…where he commanded the sea to “Be Still.” Located at First United Methodist Church, 900 S. Shoreline Blvd.
Lords of Dogtown: Skateboarding – Strap on a helmet and cruise around on a board with four wheels at Cole Park’s newest skate park; check www.jlcc.org/?nd=skatepark or www.cctexas.com for information. Or if you’re on the other side of the bend, enjoy Ingleside Skate Park, 2355 Hwy. 361.
Enjoy the flavor of Mexican food – Situated just a few hours from the Texas/Mexico border, Corpus Christi offers a variety of Mexican cuisine to satisfy even the hungriest of patrons. La Bahia, 224 N. Mesquite, 361.888.6555; Café Maya, 2319 Morgan, 361.884.8372; Ole Café, 4602 Leopard St # C, 361.883.1416; Kiko's Mexican Food Restaurant & Cantina, 5514 Everhart, 361.991.1211; Acapulco Restaurant, 1133 Airline, 361.994.7274; La Playa (3 locations), 4201 SPID, 361.853.4282, 5017 Saratoga, 361.986.0089, 7118 SPID, 361.980.3991.
Come sail away… - Corpus Christi Marina’s Wednesday Night Sailboat Races are a long-running, popular recreational regatta that attracts enthusiastic participants and spectators. Many special regattas are also scheduled throughout the year. Don’t miss the fun! It’s free, and spectators are welcomed to join in on the fun and sail on the boats. www.ccmorf.org.
Beach to Bay – The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is the United States’ largest six-person relay marathon race. Past celebrity relay runners include Texas Governor Rick Perry, Former State Rep. Abel Herrero, and many more! All proceeds from Beach to Bay go to assist needy non-profit charities here in the Coastal Bend. www.beachtobayrelay.com.
Star Search – Come and discover the stars, planets, and moons that are millions of light years away along Ocean Drive on the Seawall!
¡Viva Selena! – Pay your respects at the Selena Museum. The museum displays outfits and dresses worn by Selena Quintanilla Perez at concerts and award shows, each her own design, as well as her red Porsche and other memorabilia. 5410 Leopard St., 361.289.9013. On the Bayfront you will find a statue of Selena called the Mirador del Flor, Peoples St. T-Head.
Grab a cup of Joe – Shake off the feelings of stress and enjoy a hot brewed cup of coffee. Corpus Christi offers up fresh and inviting coffee houses. Hester's Cafe, 1714 S. Alameda & 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd; Coffee Waves, 5738 S. Alameda, 320 Williams St & 1007 State Hwy 361 Port Aransas; and Café Calypso, 5425 SPID #185 are places you must visit.
Ride the Harbor Ferry – Board the Harbor Ferry from the Peoples Street T-Head next to the Art Museum of South Texas and take a five-minute ride across the ship channel to the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Only $3 round trip!
Gateway to the Gulf – The Plaza at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center offers a spectacular outdoor view of the Harbor Bridge and the enormous trade ships – you will be dazzled by this grand setting. 402 Harbor Dr., 361.879.0125.
Mmmm…Eat Some Mouthwatering BBQ – So many places and so little time. These are the places you don’t want to miss: Knuckleheads also known as The Best Little Biker Bar in Texas, 819 North Upper Broadway, 361.882.9997; Miller’s BBQ, 2233 Airline Rd, 361.993.5534 and Rudy’s BBQ 6101 South Padre Island Drive.
Shop ’til you Drop! – Got some extra cash? Buy yourself a present at the mall or shopping center near you: Lamar Park, located at Doddridge and Alameda; La Palmera Mall, SPID and Staples Street; Corpus Christi Trade Center, 2833 SPID; Moore Plaza, 5425 SPID; Town & Country, Alameda and Everhart; and soooo much more! For a complete list of shopping centers, go to our shopping page.
Easy Rider…Rent a Harley – Strap on your leather chaps and vest, and hit the road on America’s favorite motorcycle: the Harley. For more information, check out www.corpuschristiharley.com
Take me out to the ballgame! – Whataburger Field is the place to catch the Corpus Christi Hooks in action. Not only does this AA baseball team hold the championship title, but you can also see your favorite Astros players stop in for a few games each season. Fun for the whole family is guaranteed! 734 E. Port Ave., 361.561.HOOK, www.cchooks.com
Conquer the Coast – When we say Conquer the Coast, we’re not just talking about a bike ride. It’s more of a bike vacation. Rider enthusiasts have the option to ride 65 miles, 25 miles or 10! Check out www.conquerthecoast.com for dates and schedule.
Where’s the Beef? - Take your significant other out to enjoy a romantic dinner with delectable steak and succulent lobster downtown at Republic of Texas Bar & Grill on the 20th floor of the Omni Bayfront, 900 N. Shoreline, www.omnihotels.com/republic, 361.886.3515. For more fine dining experiences offering the utmost attention to cuisine and service, try Katz 21 Steak & Spirits, 317 N Mesquite, www.katz21.com; U & I Family Restaurant, 309 S. Water, 361.883.3492; The Torch Restaurant, 4425 S. Alameda, 361.992.7491.
Go Fly a Kite…Go Kiteboarding! – Instead of you flying the kite…let the kite fly you! Take a lesson and find out the best spots to go kiteboarding: Pro Kitesurf, 623 N. Chaparral, 361.883.1473, www.prokitesurf.com; South Coast Kiteboarding, 361.949.3278, www.southcoastkiteboarding.com.
Sing Under the Sea – Enter a world that’s unlike our own…discover the beauty of underwater wildlife scenery, go scuba diving. Ascuba Venture Inc. 361.985.1111, Copeland’s Inc., 361.854.1135, Dive Shop, 361.985.1111.
Go to the Lake! This Lake owned by the city of Corpus Christi was built in 1929. Three rivers feed the lake with Choke Canyon Reservoir at the top of the lake and the Nueces River below the dam. Lake Corpus Christi is located off FM 3024, 361.547.5201.
See the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles – The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world, and Padre Island National Seashore is the most important Kemp’s Ridley nesting beach in the U.S. in terms of the total number of nests located there. In an effort to save the species, eggs are collected and released at the National Seashore. During the nesting season (between April and July, roughly), call the Hatchling Hotline for information about upcoming hatchling releases,
Visit Shockley Market – The sleek, modern environment of Shockley Market, 3819 S. Alameda, 361.225.0329, sets the mood as you relish in the delectable dishes on their menu. Highlights you may not expect on your usual lunch break include wine pairing, scrumptious gourmet desserts, and dishes that appeal to the eye as well as your tingling taste buds. Other unique cafés to try include Nuevo Café, to delight your artistic sensibilities as well as your appetite, 1124 Ayers St. (Six Points), 361.904.0425; or Hester’s Café & Coffee House, 1714 S. Alameda (Six Points), 361.885.0558.
Fly Like an Eagle…Go Parasailing – Soar alongside the birds that make the Coastal Bend their home. Put on a harness, let the boat tow you, and off you go with your parachute. Check out Sky High Adventures, located at Woody's Sport Center in the Port Aransas Harbor, 361.749.4600.
Enjoy the Bayfront and the Corpus Christi Seawall – Rent a Segway www.segcity.com/corpus/, bike, rollerblade, or just walk on this Corpus Christi landmark. Explore the marina and take a stroll on the t-heads!
University of Texas Marine Science Institute – The basic function of the Marine Institution is active research programs in marine science, including biochemistry and ecology of marine plants and animals; dynamics of marine ecosystems; biochemistry; Mari culture and more. It is the oldest research station on the Texas Gulf Coast. Free admission to tanks. For more information, call 361.749.6729.
Whataburger By the Bay, 121 N. Shoreline, the only two-story type restaurant of all the Whataburger locations. It also has a spectacular view of the Corpus Christi Bayfront. Whataburger goes one step further as they will bring you your food should you choose to dine upstairs. Corpus Christi is the proud home of the original Whataburger which began in 1950.
Go Green! – Dust off your clubs, and head out for a day of GOLF in the beautiful south Texas weather. The Corpus Christi area offers many public and private golf courses: Gabe Lozano Sr. Golf Center, 4401 Old Brownsville Road, 361.826.8016; Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, 5601 South Alameda, 361.826.8010; Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Road, 361.991.2811; Padre Isles Country Club, 14353 Commodore Drive, 361.949.8006; Northshore Country Club, 801 East Broadway Ave., Portland, Texas, 361.643.1546; Newport Dunes Golf Club, 265 Palm Island drive, Port Aransas, Texas 78373, (361) 749-4653.
Hit the courts…Play Tennis – Enjoy watching the sport of Tennis? Come out and play at the H-E-B Tennis Courts, 1520 Shely St.; Al Kruse Tennis Center, 502 King St.; Northshore Country Club, 801 East Broadway Ave. in Portland, Texas.
Sit on a deck – Soak up the sun, have a bite and a beer, and gaze out over the water on the many popular decks in the Corpus Christi area. Pier 99 on North Beach offers a view of the Lexington and the shoreline of Corpus Christi, 2822 N. Shoreline Blvd. Doc’s Restaurant on the Island is nestled near the JFK Causeway, offering a beautiful view of the water, 13309 S Padre Island Dr; after a long day at the beach, enjoy a cold one on the deck Snoopy’s Seafood Restaurant. Good food with a beautiful view of the sun setting on Laguna Madre. 13313 S. Padre Island Drive, 361.949.8815; in Port Aransas, the name says it all at Virginia’s on the Bay, 815 Trout Street or you can go to Brewster Street Ice House before a Hooks game and enjoy their deck and view of Whataburger Field, located at 1724 N. Tancahua, www.brewsterstreet.net.
Go Hunting…and remember to Duck! South Texas features some of the best bird hunting in the country with quail and dove abundant throughout. Looking for bigger game to claim? Try the challenging hunt for trophy Nilgai bull safari style on the coastal plains of South Texas.
Picasso Was Here! and Andy Warhol Too! – The Art Museum of South Texas was voted one of the best in southern Texas. Although permanent exhibits feature art from the region, the museum is known for its rotating exhibits of fine art work in different mediums. Many renowned artists have graced its walls, such as Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Marc Chagall. Unveiled in 2006, the addition designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta adds new space and purpose to the museum. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., 361.825.3500. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm, Closed Mondays & holidays
Festival of the Arts – The Corpus Christi Festival of the Arts showcases music, theater, dance, cinema, and the visual arts throughout the city. The celebration is usually in the spring. Keep an eye for a complete listing of events in this year’s festival or check www.ccfestivalarts.org.
Hands-on Art – Take a class at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Not to be mistaken for the Art Museum, the Art Center exhibits works by area artists. Main gallery exhibits change monthly. Artist-in-residence studios let the visitors view the artisans while they work. You can also take classes, such as ceramics, watercolors, pastels, drawing and other mediums. 100 N. Shoreline Blvd., 361.884.6406, www.artcentercc.org.
Explore Galleries – Enjoy the inspirations that artists display through their art. Visit K Space Studio, 415 Starr St. #D, 361.887.6834; Wilhelmi-Holland Gallery, 300 S. Chaparral St., 361.882.3523; CC Art Connection, 3850 S. Alameda St. #23, 361.854.1057; Dimensions Cultural Décor and Fine Art Gallery, 6733 Weber Rd. Ste. 2 (WOW), 361.855.0442; and the many art galleries on Austin Street in downtown Rockport, www.rockportarts.com/artgalleries. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi also offers two art galleries that are open to the public at no cost: Islander Art Gallery, 4024 Weber in Hamlin Center, 361.852.3350, and Weil Gallery, 6300 Ocean Drive in Center for the Arts Building, 361.825.2317, art.tamucc.edu.
The Endless Summer – Visit the Texas Surf Museum and check out the legends that made surfing the thing to do. Created to celebrate the great legacy of Texas Surfers, the museum highlights the impact of our Texas pioneer wave riders on the world of surfing. Located in the Water Street Market (enter through Surf Club Records), 309 N. Water St., 361.888.SURF, www.texassurfmuseum.com.
Got Culture? – Downtown's ArtWalk – The Downtown Management District mapped out noteworthy features of architectural and public art throughout the downtown area. Also, the DMD hosts an ArtWalk on the first Friday of every other month which brings local and regional artists out for a night of mingling and, of course, art. Download the map and more information about downtown Corpus Christi at www.downtowncorpuschristi.com or call 361.882.2363.
Jazz it up –Texas Jazz Festival. Held in mid October at Heritage Park, this celebration of jazz music brings thousands of fans together each year to see jazz performers from all over the country and at times international acts as well. www.texasjazz-fest.org The official Jazz Festival of Texas is always free!
WE KNOW DRAMA! – Harbor Playhouse is Texas’ oldest continually performing theater houses community productions and summertime melodramas. You can see productions on the Main Stage, such as “Guys and Dolls” or “Oklahoma!,” or catch a more intimate performance on the studio stage. Either way, you’ll enjoy any of their lively and entertaining productions. #1 Bayfront Park, 361.882.5500, www.harborplayhouse.com . Other places to see live theater in the Coastal Bend include TAMU-CC, theatre.tamucc.edu; Port Aransas Community Theatre, www.portaransascommunitytheater.com; or the Rialto Theater in Aransas Pass, www.rialtotheater.org.
Music to Your Ears – Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra – Experience a journey where stories are told only through classical musical compositions of famous composers, like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and many more. 361.883.NOTE, www.ccsymphony.org.
Take a Trip Back in Time! – Many museums in the Corpus Christi area offer a glimpse into the history of the region, including natural habitats, cultural artifacts and exhibits highlighting the Indian, Spanish, Mexican and pioneer Texan cultures. Visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History and the Ships of Christopher Columbus, 1900 N. Chaparral, 361.883.2862, www.ccmuseum.com; Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas. 1.866.729.AHOY, www.texasmaritimemuseum.org ; or Conner Museum, which hosts the Ranching Heritage Festival in February or March of each year, 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave., Kingsville, Texas. 361.593.2810, museum.tamuk.edu.
See the Prima Ballerinas – Enjoy an evening of cultural splendor as you take in a ballet performance by the Corpus Christi Ballet as they perform such productions as “Coppelia” in mid-April. For more information, visit www.corpuschristiballet.com. Or, see the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet’s productions. For a complete season schedule, visit www.coastalbendballet.org
They Don’t Build Them like They Used to – Built by Captain Forbes Britton in 1849, the Britton-Evans Centennial House is the oldest structure in Corpus Christi, used as a Confederate hospital in the Civil War and later as a citizen’s refuge during desperado and Indian raids of the 1870s. 411 N. Broadway St., 361.880.3560. Visit the nine historical Corpus Christi homes that make up Heritage Park, each celebrating a different shade of ethnic diversity in the city. 1581 N. Chaparral St., 361.883.0639. Completed in 1876 after four years of construction at cost of $100,000, the ornate four-story Fulton Mansion was a showplace of its time, including many innovations: central air conditioning, forced air heating, and hot and cold running water. 316 S. Fulton Beach Road, corner of Fulton Beach Road and Henderson Street, 361.729.0386.
Knowledge is POWER! – Go to the library, expand your mind, and fill it with knowledge of all kinds at any one of the five branches of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries: Central Library (Main), 805 Comanche; Greenwood Branch Library, 4044 Greenwood Dr.; Janet F. Harte Public Library, 2629 Waldron Road; Northwest Branch Library, 3202 McKinzie Road; and Parkdale Branch Library, 1230 Carmel Pkwy. The Central library is also home to the Local History and Genealogy Room, serving the Coastal Bend area. www.library.ci.corpus-christi.tx.us/
Bellagio de Corpus Christi – Yes, Corpus has its very own Bellagio-style fountain. Visit the Water Gardens, and enjoy this spectacular water fountain in front of the Art Museum of South Texas.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Take a tour of the King Ranch! – Founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King, the King Ranch is located between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. At 825,000 acres, the King Ranch is one of the world’s largest ranches (larger than the state of Rhode Island!). The ranch was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Tours available Mon.-Sat. 10am, 12 noon and 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm. Closed some holidays. Highway 141 West, 361.592.8055, www.king-ranch.com.
Solid as a Rock! – Concrete Street Amphitheater at 623 Power St. is the place to catch a big-name band in concert. The outdoor venue has a large stage for those sure-to-be-sold-out shows, as well as a smaller pavilion stage to let you rock out closer to your favorite musicians such as Sheryl Crow, BB King, Social Distortion, Nine Inch Nails and Willie Nelson.
Have a Reel Good Time at the movies – See the new releases at Century 16 Theater & IMAX (6685 South Padre Island Drive), Starplex Cinema (5218 Silverberry Drive) or Cinemark Dollar Cinemas (located in the Sunrise Mall 5858 South Padre Island Drive). For a different atmosphere, head to the Cole Park Amphitheater on Thursday nights for Bay Jammin’ Cinema Series, which runs June through August!
Know your ABC… – From Broadway shows to sporting events, American Bank Center has it all. Look no further than the bayfront venue to find the latest events or local Ice Rayz hockey, & TAMU-CC Islanders basketball. If you’re more a fan of the stage, catch the Broadway series in your hometown, a performance by the Corpus Christi Ballet or the variety of touring acts from comedian Carlos Mencia, Korn, or Maná to Disney on Ice or Shakira.
Tour the Gulf of Mexico without getting wet at the Texas State Aquarium—Walking into the Aquarium immediately awakens all your senses! You can smell the seashore…You can see the animals or get in touch with the dolphins. The TSA offers daily programs so you can work side-by-side with a trainer, help feed the dolphins, and learn the methods to train them. You can hear all the sounds of Mother Nature while submerging yourself into the Gulf of Mexico…Did you know that the TSA educates over 60,000 children annually, is a Coastal Bend leading visitor attraction (second only to the beaches) and hosts approximately 500,000 visitors annually? 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., open daily from 9am-5pm (with extended hours in the summer), 361.881.1200 or 1.800.477.GULF, www.texasstateaquarium.org.
Rock –N– Roll All Night! – If you’re in the mood for a live show or an ice cold Lone Star, House of Rock at 511 Starr St. is the place to be. Home to local acts most nights, this venue also brings touring acts, to an intimate setting where fans can experience a great show in close proximity to their favorite band and, if you’re lucky, have a drink with them afterwards. Other live music venues guaranteed to deliver include Executive Surf Club, Brewster Street Icehouse, and Dr. Rockit Blues Bar
Shuck an Oyster – Come out and enjoy the 28th Annual Fulton Oysterfest!!! Experience the fun carnival rides, games, food, and if you love oysters, enter the oyster eating contest. There will be live music, unique vendor booths, and most of all…FUN!!! The festival is held in early March. For more information call 361.790.8362, www.fultontexas.org
Fun for all and all for FUN! – Funtrackers Family Fun Center has race cars for kids of all ages, as well as a Pro Track for the Adults! Test your skills at our 18-hole miniature golf course, and bumper boats. The arcade houses over 80 games to play, with chances to win tickets redeemable for prizes. Kiddie Rides also available for children ages 10 and under. Grab a bite to eat at Raceway Café while you are there! 9605 S. Padre Island Dr., 361.937.9400, www.funtrackers.com
Cheers to You…Pint Night at the Executive Surf Club! – Enjoy pints of 30 cold drafts from around the world for only $2 each, Tuesdays from 4pm until last call.
Buc Days! – Held for the first time in June of 1938, the initial three-day celebration was centered on the discovery and naming of Corpus Christi Bay and celebrating the beginning of the summer season. The Buc Days Commission’s primary objective was to add more glamour and excitement to the annual celebration by building the event around the city’s history, while developing and supporting educational, cultural and entertainment programs that would benefit all the citizens of Corpus Christi. The present Buc Days celebration now includes a top-50 PRCA Pro Rodeo, BBQ Challenge, Folklorico Competition, Illuminated Night and Junior Parades, Carnival, Pre-parade Stadium Show, Fireworks and numerous auxiliary events as well. Since its inception in 1938, Buc Days has come to mean gaiety and laughter to all ages. Buc Days is held from late April thru first weekend of May. www.bucdays.com.
Celebrate the Holidays Corpus Style: Head to Cassidy’s Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day where they have it all – corned beef and cabbage, bag pipers, redheads and plenty of green beer. Forget the eggs – spend your Easter morning watching the live-action Passion Play at Cole Park or the sun rising in the outdoor church on the Island. Independence Day (July 4th) is always best spent viewing the spectacular fireworks shows over the bayfront in Corpus Christi or on the harbor in Port Aransas. Halloween (October 31) tricks and treats happen at “Scare”-itage Park (Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral) and the Harbor Playhouse (#1 Bayfront Park), where themed haunted houses lurk each year. Get in the mood for Christmas with the Harbor Lights Festival on the first weekend of December each year, as the towering tree is lit along Shoreline Blvd. downtown, www.harborlightsfestival.com.
Shrimp gumbo, grilled shrimp, shrimp wrap, shrimp scampi…– What’s the best way to get your shrimp on? Buy shrimp fresh off the boat at the T-Heads or go to the Shrimporee in Aransas Pass, held in June, which also features a carnival, a variety of local vendors, and more.
Check Out Amazing sand Castles! – Like you need an excuse to head out to the beach…but if you do, try SandFest (www.texassandfest.com). Master sculptors create awesome sand sculptures that defy gravity. Plus, SandFest is a festival complete with vendors of all sorts.
Take a Cruise Back to the Good Ol’ Days – On the last Friday of each month, the parking lot of Snapka’s Drive-Inn at 4434 Weber Rd. truly looks like a page out of history when the Gear Jammers Car Club shows off their pristinely restored classic cars. Can’t wait until then? Each Saturday afternoon, the car club meets up at the A&W on Saratoga and then embarks on a cruise around town at 6pm.
Hoop It Up! – If there’s one sport you want to see live, it’s basketball. Catch the TAMU-CC Islander basketball teams (men’s and women’s) as they take on other collegiate teams in the Southland Conference. Check www.americanbankcenter.com for schedule.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry – Kick off the year at the Food & Wine Classic, held in late January, as you gorge on wines from around the world and gourmet dishes from local restaurants and caterers, helping fund KEDT-FM 90.3. If bathing in brews is more your style, the Classic Brew, held in mid-September, is the event for you. Benefiting our local PBS station, KEDT-TV, sample beers from across the world, snack on food from local restaurants and enjoy live music. www.kedt.org. (21+ only)
Watch the “Coolest Game in South Texas” – Duck! A flying puck! The Corpus Christi Ice Rayz hockey team brings a new kind of sport to our warm climate. Held in the American Bank Center Arena from October through March, don’t miss a chance to see some action on the ice. Complete with penalty-worthy fights and crazed fans throwing sting rays onto the ice after each goal, a Rayz game is a sight to see. 361.814.PUCK, www.ccrayz.com.
Play Putt Putt – If you’re not good at professional golf, try your hand at the miniature version. Treasure Island Miniature Golf & Games, 14041 SPID, 361.949.1769.
A spare, a strike: that’s what I like! – Years past, Corpus Christi successfully hosted the United States Bowling Congress Championship Tournament. Get your bowl on at AMF Saratoga Lanes, 6166 Ayers St., 361.857.2695; Sully’s Bowling Lanes, 2285 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass, Texas, 361.758.3225.
Go to the Beach!!! – Catch some rays, collect some shells, camp out, have a picnic, fish, and participate in the many water sports at the many beaches that surround Corpus Christi. Check out Bob Hall Pier, Whitecap Beach, J.P. Luby Beach, Mustang Island State Park or if you’ve got that 4x4 feeling, enjoy the isolation of Big Shell. With 131 miles of sandy, inviting beach and an average temperature of 71 degrees, this Sparkling City by the Bay is a little piece of paradise. Come enjoy and see what all the sparkle is about.