Once a sleepy fishing village, Corpus Christi has grown to become a popular vacation destination in the United States. Known locally as Corpus, the city features pleasant hotel choices, marvelous beaches, museums and recreational activities such as North Beach, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, and water sports like sailboat racing and windsurfing. In addition to minor league baseball and hockey, guests enjoy the Padre Island National Seashore, a prime birding area.
Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) is conveniently located within the city limits. This makes it easy to reach attractions such as the Art Center and K Space Contemporary Gallery using main thoroughfares, such as the Crosstown Expressway and Ocean Drive. The grid patternof surface streets enable you to easily find the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. At night, blue lights illuminate the museum ship to honor “the Blue Ghost,” its wartime nickname.
In 1519, Spanish conquistadores named the adjacent bay in honor of the Roman Catholic holy day. Corpus Christi adopted the same moniker when it was established in 1839. While summer highs reach the mid-90s, winter lows rarely dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The pleasant weather draws people to area beaches, referred to as the Texas Riviera, as well as festivals such as the annual Buccaneer Days Carnival.