Hitting the Texas coast this spring break?
Check out these can't-miss spots in Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas, is most famous for its miles of scenic beaches, but it’s much more than the “Texas Riviera.” Not only is Corpus Christi the birthplace of Whataburger, there are some spots to snap a pic you can’t find anywhere else on the planet.
1. See where it all began (sort of)
The ultimate selfie for any diehard Whataburger fan: a snap in front of the first Whataburger restaurant! Founded in Corpus Christi, Texas by Harmon Dobson almost 70 years ago, this replica of the original humble burger stand is located on the site of an operating Whataburger restaurant at 4126 S. Staples. Be sure to use #whataburger and we might just share your photo with our fans!
2. Pay tribute at the Selena Memorial (Mirador De La Flor)
Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a native of Corpus Christi, is forever memorialized with this sculpture on the Corpus Christi Bayfront. Visitors from all over the world pay their respects. Pro tip: Walk down the steps behind the memorial and take a pic in front of “Paseo De La Flor.” The ceramic floral tile mural was made by local children and also dedicated to the “Queen of Tejano Music.”
3. Get a view from the top at Whataburger by the Bay
What can be better than enjoying a hot, fresh, made-to-order Whataburger? Enjoying a delicious Whataburger with a gorgeous view of Corpus Christi Bay! The two-story Whataburger by the Bay features an outdoor seating area with breathtaking views of the marina. Find the bronze statue of Whataburger founder Harmon Dobson and snap a quick selfie!
4. Stand out from the crowd at this street scene
This vibrant mural located on the side of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times building is "Endless Sunset: The Colors of Our City," by artist Sandra Gonzalez. Take a selfie in front of the mural and use #vivacc for a chance to see your pic in the newspaper.
5. Learn about life at the Texas State Aquarium
Open since 1990, this popular site is more than just a place to learn about marine animals. Today’s aquarium features a brand new, expansive interactive exhibit: “Caribbean Journey” and takes visitors on a trek through the underwater worlds of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Tours (for additional fees) include an opportunity to feed fish or get up close and personal with pink flamingos.
6. Have a Whataburger at the ballpark
If your road trip finds you in the bay city between April and September, make time to catch a baseball game at Whataburger Field, home of the double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, a Houston Astros affiliate. For the younger fans who can't go a full nine innings, Whataburger Field features a Sport Court basketball surface, a full-sized playground, a rock climbing wall, and even a swimming pool just beyond the right field fence.
With a Whataburger restaurant on site, you don't need popcorn and peanuts. Just score your favorite meal, kick back, and enjoy the game.
And on the way out, be sure to take a picture with the For the Love of the Game statue situated just outside the gates.
7. Get in touch with the great outdoors at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
The 182-acre nature center features floral exhibits and gardens, an Orchid Conservatory, Hummingbird Garden, “artscaped” Sensory Garden, and more. Take a walk on the wild side with hands-on programs featuring exotic birds and reptiles, and plan to take a selfie in the screened butterfly house.
8. Go deep at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Also known as “The Blue Ghost,” this World War II-era retired aircraft carrier is open year-round for public tours. Explore the flight deck, captain’s quarters, crew galley, dental clinic and dozens of other areas on the ship.Private, guided “hard hat” tours are available for an extra fee. Hard hats and flashlights provided, but bring your own sense of adventure!
- Whataburger by the Bay
- Harmon Dobson Statue
- Whataburger Field
- Original Whataburger Replica
- Whataburger Field
- Whataburger by the Bay at night
- Selena Memorial
- Paseo De La Flor
- Corpus Christi Caller Times
- Corpus Christi Mural
- Texas State Aquarium
- South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
- USS Lexington
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 820 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information.