Corpus Christi Information

Corpus Christi, Texas is located on the coastline of Texas and was founded in 1839. Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney built a ranch and a trading post. The trading post was established to sell supplies to the Mexican army. In 1845 United States troops were positioned to prepare for a war with Mexico. Corpus Christi was incorporated in 1852. It became a rapidly growing port. The port is the 5th largest port in the United States. It gained the nickname the "Sparkling City by the Sea."

Corpus Christi is home to Corpus Christi International Airport and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. The city's beaches and attractions welcome tourists to this beautiful port city on the Gulf of Mexico. The warm temperate climate lures people to lovely windswept beaches and blue waters. Camping, bird watching and boating are just some of the recreational activities you can enjoy in Southeastern Texas.

Food lovers can feast on local seafood in many of the wonderful restaurants in the area. Corpus Christi also has many educational and cultural opportunities to enjoy. Just a mile from the city's center is the Texas State Aquarium. It holds examples of the underwater life in the Gulf as well as other species of animals. It even features a swamp with an alligator and a tank for sea turtles. The Texas State Aquarium offers free demos consistently throughout their visiting hours.

Padre Island National Seashore is a lovely coastal area popular with tourists and locals alike. The beautiful beaches and the primitive camping are just two of the attractions that draw visitors. It is also a major fly route for migratory birds. 380 species have been seen and documented in this National Park. It is also home to the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. This endangered species has been popular for food and boot material. They also are in danger from the nets of the shrimpers in the Gulf. In the summer, visitors are able to watch the release of baby turtles from their nests.

One of the more family friendly attractions is the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and Industry. Exhibits both inside and outside charm visitors and educate children. Visitors enjoy the two replicas of Columbus ships sailed to the New World. Children love the short video rooms and the interactive displays. The price of admission is reasonable for the amount of exhibits and the enjoyment you will have by visiting the Museum.