Top 4 Things to Do in Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi is located in southern Texas, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It is the eighth-most populated city in Texas, and home to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The University is located on its own island, making it the only island university in the USA. With great weather and a peaceful seaside location, many international students choose to study at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

We've compiled a list of the top four attractions in Corpus Christi that you can visit while studying with us at the International Pathway Program.

1. Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium is located on North Beach in Corpus Christi. The aquarium is open every day of the week, and is dedicated to the promotion of environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife native to the region. There are some truly exciting exhibits including:

  • H-E-B Caribbean Sea Shark Exhibit, featuring a 400,000-gallon habitat.
  • The Jungle exhibit featuring flamingos, toucans, sloths, and ibis birds.
  • Dolphin Bay where you can get a close look at Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
  • Eagle Pass, providing you a close look at the American national bird.

Find out about visiting the Texas State Aquarium.

2. Art Museum of South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas is located on the scenic Corpus Christi Bayfront. Permanent Collections at the Art Museum showcase the fine art and craft of the Americas, with emphasis on Texas, surrounding states, and Mexico. There are regularly exhibitions featuring works from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty. Currently, the fourth biennial exhibition, titled Tidal Shift is open. This exhibition features the full-time Art Department faculty, who will display personal art works in their areas of expertise. Tidal Shift is showing through September 17, and a great opportunity too experience American art.

Explore local culture at the Art Museum of South Texas.

3. USS Lexington

Corpus Christi is a large port city, where you can relax watching private, commercial, and military boats. Permanently docked in Corpus Christi bay is the USS Lexington, nicknamed "The Blue Ghost". This United State Navy ship is an Essex-class aircraft carrier, built during World War II, and a National Historic Landmark. After it was decommissioned in 1991, it was donated for use as a museum in Corpus Christi. The USS Lexington was in even at Pearl Harbor in WWII, and used during filming of the iconic movie. Students specializing their degree study in aviation might find a day trip to this historic site an interesting look into American history and carrier-based aircraft.

Delve into American history on the USS Lexington.

4. Padre Island

Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the world. It is located just 30 minutes away from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi by car.It is a quiet island, making for a perfect getaway from the city. Parts of the island are protected and preserved in a natural, wild state. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the island and even camp overnight with a permit. There are five campsites open year-round, or you can try fishing, kayaking, and observing the island wildlife. There are over 380 bird species on the island and it is home to sea turtles during the nesting season.

Discover the local wildlife at Padre Island.

With so much to do and see in Corpus Christi, you will find it easy to enjoy your student life at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. We hope you enjoy these and many other activities during your International Pathway Program course and future degree.