Comfort Suites North Padre Island
15209 Windward Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 949-1112
Fax: (361) 949-1150
This camp site is open all year long and extends over 374 acres of beautiful coastline. Electric and water hook ups are available along with a nearby dump station and showers. This is one of the few places where it is permitted to camp on the beach. Perfect for a family vacation or for a romantic refuge.
Situated on North Padre Island, the Padre Island National Seashore is known for its pristine beaches, dunes, sea turtles, endangered species and migratory birds. This seashore divides the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre and has a few hypersaline lagoons which are very rare in the world. The primitive wilderness of this seashore takes you through a different realm altogether. The National Seashore opened its doors in 1962. It is one of the few nesting places of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles and is a bird watcher's paradise with 380 varieties of birds making their home here and thousands of migratory birds can be found on its freshwater ponds and lagoons.
Open to the public since 1979, the park features five miles of clean beaches that are great for swimming, kayaking and fishing. The parks name comes from the mustang horses that the Spaniards brought over when the land was first settled, many years ago. Today it is a very popular state park with numerous activities. Besides water sports; hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and sunbathing make this place a popular picnic spot. There is a fee to enter the park and visitors are expected to abide by the park's rules. Call for further details.
Located just off South Padre Island Drive, Funtrackers Family Fun Center is the go-to place for family fun. Enjoy a game of miniature golf, ride the bumper boats, play in the enormous arcade hall, or drive your go kart to victory. With a lot of different tracks, the go karts cater to people of all ages. This small Southern Texas amusement park is great for birthday parties and other festivities. The staff is exceptionally friendly and keep the park in clean and neat condition. Pay by ride or purchase an all-day card.
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center aims to educate the public about the flora and fauna of south Texas by creating and maintaining a beautiful garden and making conservation a top priority. The gardens often host special events, educational classes and tours. Perfect for a tranquil spring afternoon.
Perfect for family night out, Saratoga lanes is always a favorite with the kids. Bowling leagues for children and adults are forming all the time; these are a great opportunity to make some new friends. Look out for food and drink specials at the snack bar. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to visit during extreme bowling night; the lights dim, disco ball is hung and the music is cranked up for fun bowling activities.
Located just steps away from the ocean in a harmonious little patch of greenery known as Cole Park, the Cole Park Amphitheater hosts a variety of events. With its proximity to the beach and wonderful natural setting the amphitheater is the ideal spot for concerts on warm summer nights. Especially popular are the city-sponsored, free Summer Series concerts. For over 20 years, a variety of musical acts have performed here from all types of music genres including pop, rock, jazz, salsa and even reggae. Also at the amphitheater, you will find a series of films showcased after sunset.
A patch of green located overlooking the beautiful waters of Emerald Cove, McCaughan Park is a popular community park in the city. One of the several parks maintained by the city's Parks & Recreation Department, the McCaughan Park is a nice place for a stroll or a run, or just an outing with your family. Besides being a welcome open, green space, the park also plays host to community events and festivals. Call to know more.
One of the main attractions in downtown Corpus Christi is its lively marina. Compromised chiefly by Peoples Street T-Head, Lawrence Street T-Head and the L-Head. Here you will find sailboats docked in neat rows, snow cone vendors, restaurants and cruising tour ships. During the day you can walk down the piers and find local fisherman selling the day's catch. Summer time is especially busy with families walking up and down the wooden piers. It is particularly stunning at night when it is all lit up.
This unexpected little museum is located in the back of Surf Club Records seeks to commemorate the rich surfing history of Texas. Despite it's size, the museum is well presented with every nook and cranny of space used to its best potential. Here you will see vintage surf boards of all shapes, sizes and colors, photographs and other surfing paraphernalia. Often special exhibitions are organized that focus on a specific aspect of surfing like surfer movies and women surfers. Just look for the "woody" outside the front door of the museum.
The largest of the gazebo-like structures that dot the length of Shoreline Promenade, it is dedicated to Corpus Christi most beloved citizen Selena Quintanilla. The Tejano superstar's is immortalized in a bronze statue and a large white rose sculpture; the memorial is also known as Mirador de la Flor. Many of her fans come to pay their respects and to write special messages on the walls of the memorial. For serious Selena fans there is also the Selena Museum, Selena's grave and Selena's Boutique. Located on the promenade right next to People's Street T-Head.
All along the length of Shoreline Promenade you will find eight gazebo-like structures called Miradores del Mar or "sea watchers". Indeed, these are an ideal spot to gaze out to the gulf, they also provide shelter just in case you get caught in a summer downpour while walking the promenade. These gazebos are said to reflect similar structures found in Spain and Morocco. The largest of these structures is the Selena Memorial, dedicated to the late great Tejano singer.