Put some wind in your sails and view the beautiful Corpus Christi Shoreline from the water! Crew or relax! Dinner Cruises, Daytime & Sunset Cruises, One Hour Bayfront Tours, Captained and Bareboat Charters, ASA Sailing Courses, Gift Shop, Rental Space for Business Meetings, Social Events & Celebrations! 108 Peoples Street T-Head. www.yachtingcc.com 361-881-8503
Learn to surf with Quiksilver Pro Surfer Morgan Faulkner and crew at their Quiksilver/Roxy surf camps, or sign up for private lessons or a group event. In Port Aransas year round and in Corpus Christi for Saturday one-day camps. Now in their 5th year, their camps and lessons are acclaimed as among the best in the USA. Reserve your spot by calling 361-749-6956. www.texassurfcamps.com
Come. Sea. Discover the amazing world of the Texas State Aquarium. Take an aquatic journey to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience dive shows, animal feedings, and “hands on” programs. Thousands of animals (over 250 species) are ready to entertain and inspire you. Get up close and personal with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in Dolphin Bay. Look to the skies as hawks, owls and falcons soar through the Hawn Wild Flight Theater. Visit the Islands of Steel, where sharks and sea turtles live among schools of snapper, tarpon, redfish, and grouper. Enter the mysterious Amazon as you encounter poison-dart frogs, fresh-water stingrays and boa constrictors. Watch sea turtles glide in the waters of Tortuga Cay and see North American river otters play in Otter Creek. Spend time in the Living Shores, where you can really get your hands wet! With so much to see and do, what are you waiting for? Open daily. 800-477-GULF, www.texasstateaquarium.org
The Aquarium, featuring Dolphin Bay, is the number one visitor attraction in the Coastal Bend. Thousands of animals, over 250 species, most common to the Gulf, are displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits. Dive shows, touch pools, food court, playground and gift shops. Admission is $15.50: $13.95 for seniors and active military: $10.50 for ages 3-12, 2 and under free. Parking: $4.00 Open daily 9am-6pm. 361-881-1200
One of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities, the 180-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center showcases 11 uniquely-designed floral exhibits and gardens, including the new Butterfly House and 800-plant Bromeliad Conservatory, acclaimed Orchid House and Plumeria Garden, plus Rose Garden and massive Rose Pavilion, Hummingbird, Arid and Sensory Gardens. Tranquil Gator Lake, shaded trails, birding tower, Palapa Grande and wetlands boardwalk make this a key site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail for both shore birds and woodland song birds. Delightful Garden Shoppe in Visitors Center. Open daily, 7:30am to 5:30pm. $6 adults; $5 age 60+/active military/college students; $3 ages 5-12; under 5 & members free. 8545 S. Staples. 361-852-2100 www.stxbot.org
The 38 foot Seawolf is equipped for adventure! With a variety of custom cruises available, there is an experience ready for everyone. Enjoy a one hour bayfront cruise for just $30 per person. Or, Experience Corpus Christi’s unique night time skyline featuring water view of the USS Lexington on their mood cruise. The Seawolf has a comfortable onboard cabin, perfect for their overnight excursions. Sunset Seafood dinners with onboard gourmet meals also available. Visit www.seawolftours.com or call 361-920-0436 for reservations or more information.
For the most amazing guided tour experience, see the Corpus Christi Bayfront on a Segway. As an ‘Authorized Segway Tour’ company their entertaining guides are properly trained to make your journey with them beyond expectations. www.segcity.com 361-563-4050
Painters, sculptors and photographers flock here to record seascapes, birds and windswept live oaks. Downtown is lined with shops and galleries. Many great dining choices. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi, on TX 35-BS.
This small busy beach town is on the tip of Mustang Island. Shop coastal stores and dine in island style restaurants. Drive or take the free ferry.
Portland’s location on two bays provides great water activities. Including excellent Birding. Indian Point Park and Pier, a 333-acre public park called Sunset Lake is lined by hike/bike trails, its marshlands are perfect for birding, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and sailing. 877-643-2475