12 Hours in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi isn’t just a gateway to some of the many beaches that dot the Texas coast. It is full of quirky museums and history. Not to mention, Whataburger was founded in this cute city north of the border and south of San Antonio. So get in your car and go visit the city that was home to Farrah Fawcett, Eva Longoria, and Selena.

Breakfast: Town and Country Café

Begin your day in this diner-like atmosphere surrounded by locals and tourists alike. The staff is friendly and the prices are a bargain. Get an omelet with bacon on the side to satisfy your morning hunger. If you can, save room for a slice of pie to-go, people rave about it all over town.

Texas Surf Museum

309A N. Water St.

You probably have no idea that Texas has a surf culture, and don’t be worried, most people don’t. However, you can change all of that by visiting the Texas Surf Museum in downtown Corpus. They focus on telling the story of the history of surfing in the Lone Star State. See a movie about surfing in the theater or check out the hundreds of photos of scattered through the museum.

Ocean Drive & Selena Statue

Continue your journey through Corpus’ water based attractions by cruising down Ocean Drive. The road is sprinkled with palm trees and boasts amazing views of the Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Don’t forget to take in all of the real estate as you drive by, the houses are valued in the millions. Get out and explore near downtown to see the iconic Selena Statue.

Lunch: Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain

3801 South Staples at Weber

This family owned and operated soda fountain was opened in 1960 and has been going strong ever since. Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain is one of the last independent pharmacies in the area and it boasts a traditional soda fountain. Grab a seat at the counter and order a cheeseburger with fries and a strawberry milkshake. Not feeling ice cream? The pharmacy has an in house bakery where they make concoctions like unicorn macrons and beautiful cheesecakes.

USS Lexington

2914 N Shoreline Blvd.

If you have ever wanted to feel small, you must visit the USS Lexington docked in the Corpus Christi Bay. The ship was commissioned in 1943 and set more records than any other Essex Class carrier in naval aviation. It was decommissioned in 1991 and now resides in Corpus as a museum for future generations. Visit the Flight Deck to see aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, and the navigation bridge. Then head down to view exhibits on Pearl Harbor, the crew, and more.

Dinner: Whataburger Founder of Whataburger Statue

121 N. Shoreline Blvd.

But you came for local restaurants, not to eat in a chain. Did you know that Whataburger was created in Corpus Christi? The first location was across the street from Del Mar College and although it no longer resides there, you can visit the flagship location of Whataburger for a classic Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich and take your photo with the man who started it all, Harmon Dobson.


— By Hayden Pigott

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