What it lacks in weird and wacky roadside attractions, Corpus Christi makes up for with an abundance of museums, all wonderful and all within a few miles of one another.
The beautiful bayfront port of Corpus Christi , population approximately 300,000, sits in the middle of the Gulf Coast. Cruise along Ocean Drive for a spectacular view of the marina. A quick Yahoo! search reveals a wide variety of local museums; far more than I could check out. I listed a few of the top museums below.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History’s Shipwreck Exhibit holds the silver coins and gold bars once the precious cargo of a Spanish fleet that wrecked on Padre Island in 1554.
As part of the museum’s exhibits, a replica of Columbus’ Nina is anchored in the Corpus Christi marina. I was shocked by the small size of the ship. I can not imagine leaving the bay in a boat only the size of a large car.
The Art Museum of South Texas’ permanent art collection includes modern works in a variety of media. Special exhibitions run concurrently and change frequently.
The colossal USS Lexington Museum can’t be seen in a day. There are several self-guided tours covering 100,000 square feet so bring your walking shoes.
Texas State Aquarium has dolphins and otters and eagles, oh my! The Floating Phantoms jellyfish exhibit was my favorite. Watching jellies drift about the tanks is calming, and mildly hypnotic. Maybe I should get a jellyfish tank for my RV. If not to calm myself, it could calm my semi-wild cat.
Join me on the next adventure when I visit the famous King Ranch, and King Ranch Museum in Kingsville.
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