The City of Corpus Christi offers many attractions for visitors, among them the Mirador de la Flor, the Texas State Aquarium, and the USS Lexington. The Mirador de la Flor is a memorial to Selena Quintanilla Perez who was murdered by her troubled fan club president in 1995. The Texas State Aquarium offers water-related exhibits and sea creatures as well as the opportunity to work with a dolphin trainer. World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington is now a museum. The Port of Corpus Christi offers sea breezes and vast blue skies throughout the year. Its long stretches of beach offer sun and sand as well as many opportunities for fishing, boating, and relaxation. The Port of Corpus Christi offers a wide range of hotels and accommodations located conveniently to the city's major attractions, and the city is proud to be a family-friendly tourist destination. For complete details on the many things to see and do in the Port of Corpus Christi, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Corpus Christi enjoys a marine Gulf Coast climate with relatively less rain because it is in a semi-arid region. With about 255 days of sunshine each year, the Port of Corpus Christi can be hot and humid during the summer, and its winters are short and mild. Snowfall is extremely rare, although it has occurred. Temperatures range from an average high of 29 °C (93 °F) in July and August to an average low of 7 °C (45 °F) in January. Average relative humidity reaches as much as 80% in June and July and is at its lowest in January (60%).
The Port of Corpus Christi's Municipal Marina is the city's focal point. On Corpus Christi Bay, it's protected from rough seas in the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors will find a picturesque collection of private vessels, romantic steps leading into the bay, and long rock piers where fishermen and lovers enjoy the sea breeze and splash of gentle waves.
Near the Port of Corpus Christi is Padre Island National Seashore, the longest remaining undeveloped barrier island in the world. Padre Island contains 133 acres of the vanishing barrier islands on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens offer 2500 varieties of orchids, a beautiful rose garden, both tropical and desert flowers, wetlands, forests, and plentiful birds. Offering many walking trails, the Port of Corpus Christi's Botanical Gardens are a colorful and tranquil escape from the city.
Visitors who love birding will enjoy the Port of Corpus Christi for its access to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a coastal highway that links 310 birding sites dotted with observation platforms and kiosks with information for novices.
Visitors will also enjoy the areas around and nearby the Port of Corpus Christi. Less than 50 miles northeast of Corpus Christi Bay, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the wintering home for the last migrating population of whopping cranes. This endangered species is recovering from its lowest population of 15 birds in 1941.
Less than 30 miles from the Port of Corpus Christi Bay is the Fulton Mansion built by George W. Fulton in the late 1870s. This 3-1/2 story home is one of the earliest Second Empire buildings in Texas. It featured most up-to-date luxuries of the time, including indoor plumbing, central gas lighting and heat, and a unique approach to early air conditioning that draws sea breezes into the house. Tours of the home are both fascinating and inexpensive.