Corpus Christi, a gem of a place on the Texas Gulf Coast, has so many activities to enjoy you’ll leave ready to book your return trip. RV campers, in particular, find Corpus Christi easy to love, thanks to the comfort of motorhome camping and the abundance of excellent RV parks. But once you’ve set up camp in Corpus, where to go? Here’s a quick list of attractions by area of interest to help you plan your Corpus Christi RV camping vacation.
Corpus Christi Natural Attractions
A perennial favorite with Texas RV travelers is Padre Island National Seashore. Enjoy surf fishing or beach combing along the “longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world”, according to the National Park Service website.
Up for a little cardio activity? Bring your bikes and ride the beach for miles! Grab a camping permit from one of the kiosks and park your RV beach side at one of five Padre Island campgrounds. And by all means, bring your cameras! The sunsets alone are worth the drive. Whether you come to swim in the Gulf or photograph hatching sea turtles, Padre Island is a star attraction for Corpus Christi RV visitors.
Here’s another way to play outdoors in Corpus Christi; Bob Hall Pier, located at the north end of Padre Island, is an excellent spot to try your hand at Gulf fishing. If you’re up for a hike or a pleasant bike ride, take the eight-mile Bay Trail to enjoy the city’s scenic waterfront.
Corpus Christi Family Attractions
With the Gulf as your playground, it’s never difficult to find family-friendly attractions in Corpus Christi. RV camping families will love the Dolphin Connection in Ingleside, where small boat cruises or rented kayaks take you out into Corpus Christi Bay to watch the dolphins play.
Traveling with kids who love miniature golf? Corpus Christi is fortunate to have two great mini golf courses to entertain the troops. Treasure Island Golf and Games on Padre and Fun Trackers Amusement Park in Corpus are excellent ways to burn off excess energy.
Need one more kid-friendly place on your itinerary? Rehabilitated raptors, a below-the-surface dolphin viewing room and a Paleo Park where kids can dig for fossils are all part of the appeal at the Texas State Aquarium. Plan a full day of your Corpus Christi RV vacation to visit this excellent Gulf Coast attraction.
Corpus Christi Historic Attractions
There’s no shortage of history on display in Corpus. The USS Lexington, for example, is a World War II aircraft carrier where visitors can explore below decks and experience the flight simulator and MEGA theater presentations. Out in Corpus Christi Bay near downtown, the Lexington will fascinate military history fans.
Hoping to channel a little “Old West Texas” on your camping trip? A visit to the legendary King Ranch, an hour from Corpus in Kingsville, is definitely in order. The museum, grounds and living history at this enormous ranch tell the story of a steamboat captain who founded a remarkable ranching dynasty.
One more fascinating way to learn what lies of the heart of Corpus Christi is to visit the city’s Heritage Park, a collection of twelve nicely-restored Victorian dwellings. Touring these homes and hearing of hurricanes and other threats to Corpus as it grew will give a new appreciation for stamina of the culturally diverse population of this Gulf Coast city.
Traveling by RV to Corpus Christi allows visitors to camp in luxury and enjoy all the conveniences of home. With a rich offering of natural, historical and family-centered activities, the city appeals to almost every stripe of RV traveler. While planning this year’s RV camping itinerary, why not give Texas’ Gulf Coast a special spot on your schedule?