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538 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Phone: (361) 299-2266
Fax: (361) 299-2269
Quite possibly the most famous musician to come out of Corpus Christi, Selena Quintanilla was tragically killed by the president of her own fan club in 1995. Her family built the museum after receiving letters from fans expressing their interest in a museum to commemorate the memory of the Tejano singer. On display you will find several of Selena's stage costumes, most of which she designed herself, awards and other memorabilia. The museum even has Selena's red Porsche for visitors to see. All admission revenue goes to the Selena Foundation, which helps to aid children in need and provides scholarships to promising students. The museum is located in a part of town not normally visited by tourists, about 2 miles inland from downtown.
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 spectacular view of Corpus Christi Bay is featured at this sprawling 43 acre park that includes a lighted fishing pier, a large children's playground, open and shaded picnic tables, and an amphitheater that provides free outdoor concerts on Thursday and Sunday evenings throughout the summer.
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 better known Catholic churches in the city, Corpus Christi Cathedral was established in 1940. It caters to the massive Irish Catholic population of Corpus Christi, and is one of the finest parish churches of the city. A sense of serenity prevails in the chapel, while the typical charm of Roman Catholic churches is not to be missed. Also an esteemed wedding venue, the beautiful halls and corridors of the cathedral have witnessed dream weddings, gala dinners and bashes. Music concerts and festivals are also hosted by the church. The parish office organizes choirs, feasts and special masses for its people, which are worth attending. Visit website for more information.
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.
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.
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 structures 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.
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.
On a breezy summer evening, with the sun setting behind the Corpus Christi skyline, nothing is better than a walk down the promenade while eating a snow cone. Built along the sea wall of Corpus Christi Bay, the promenade attracts walkers, runners in-line skaters and families to cool down and take in the sea air.
Built in 2005, this family friendly baseball field is a favorite summertime destination for locals. Sitting right next to the bay with views of the Harbor Bridge, every seat is a good seat. Reminiscent of old-fashioned fields from baseball's golden age, the facility offers some very thoughtful and modern features. All concession stands are designed so that patrons never have their back to the field and never miss a play. The kids play area features a play ground, scaled down baseball diamond and full sized basketball court. There's even a pool overlooking the field available for groups and parties. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up your own official Hooks gear.