Econo Lodge & Suites
722 N. Port Avenue
Corpus Christi, TX 78408
Phone: (361) 883-7400
Fax: (361) 883-0333
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.
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.
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.
This heritage park is the site of nine historical Corpus Christi homes, the oldest dating back to 1851. Many of the homes are recorded Texas Historical Landmarks and all have been beautifully restored and stand a tribute to the ethnic diversity and culture of the area. The Multicultural Center includes the historic Galvan House, the Courtyard, Central Plaza, and the Lytton Memorial Rose Garden.
Unexpectedly located in the heart of the Texas coastline, the Texas State Asian Cultures Museum exhibits pieces of art and furniture from India, China Sri Lanka, Laos and many more Asian countries. On the Second floor you will find the education center which is aimed towards teaching children about Asian cultures through costumes, storytelling and crafts. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
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.
Located in beautiful Bayfront Park, the Harbor Playhouse consists of over 250 volunteers and actors that put on about four productions each year. Since 1925 it has been entertaining the citizens and visitors of the city. Performances include contemporary drama, musicals and comedies. Aside from plays, the theater has special events scheduled throughout the year. One of the most popular is the annual Halloween open house featuring actors dressed as ghosts and goblins. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, so it is a great opportunity to catch a bit of culture for a bargain.
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.
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.
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.
For an educational day out with the kids, visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, located in Bayfront Park in just across from the Art Museum of South Texas. What really draws visitors to this museum are the replicas of the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria; the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed when he arrived in the Americas. Guided tours of the ships are available every hour and are included in the price of admission. Please note that the ships are not wheelchair accessible, reduced priced tickets are available for those with limited mobility. Aside from the ships, the museum exhibits a number of historical photographs and artifacts, some dating back to precolumbian times. There is even a special section of the museum dedicated to the history of Corpus Christi.
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.