What is the first thing you remember hearing about Texas? For me, it was always everything is bigger in Texas. My first thought was what does that mean. I went to Texas with the notion that everything was bigger, but I did not understand what it meant. I also heard everything is better in Texas. I was very intrigued to find out if both of these notions were true. My mom and I flew into the Houston airport from Kansas City. The Houston airport is huge, but it is easy to find your way around. Our next flight took us from Houston to Corpus Christi, Texas. This is where we would spend the next week exploring and eating our way through the city.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Corpus Christi:
Number 1: USS Lexington
The USS Lexington is located near the beach on one of the two sides of Corpus Christi. This ship is an aircraft carrier that was built during World War II for the US Navy. The ship has tons of things to do and see on it, even an IMAX theater that shows historic films. I spent approximately 2 hours walking in and around the entire ship. I would have watched one of the movies, but I was sick at the time. My mother did stay to watch one of the movies. She said it was very informative and entertaining. I feel I missed out on something good.
Number 2: Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State aquarium is a non-profit aquarium. They have plenty of exhibits to look at and will keep you busy for around 2 to 3 hours. That is around the amount of time I spent there. My favorite part was being able to touch a variety of different sea life. I am still amazed by how different they all feel. The aquarium is a little on the expensive side to get into. All the money goes to saving other marine life, which is a fabulous cause!
Number 3: Whataburger
I told you earlier that everything was bigger in Texas right? This fast-food chain has literally won my taste buds over for my entire life. My mother and I walked about 2 miles to get to the nearest one after we found out about it from the Visitors Center. This was very worth the walk. Once my mother and I got the bag full of food, we were immediately surprised at how much food they gave you for the price. The burger we got was HUGE (shown below). This fast food chain is cheap, but delicious. I promise you it is worth the walk to go and eat.
Number 4: Ferry
Did you know there are two sides to Corpus Christi? I did not know until I went to the Texas State Aquarium. The ferry dock is located right beside the aquarium. The ferry only takes a few minutes to get to the other side, which has tons of shops and restaurants to explore. This was also where I found the Whataburger. The ferry was clean and a cheap price to get a round trip ticket from one side to the other.
Number 5: The Beach
The beach is the most free thing you can do there. The sand is soft and white, but easy to relax on. There are places to sit all over the place (shown below). There are sea shells laying around all over the place, but as for trash the beach is mostly to all clean of trash. Along the beach there are places to rent items such as chairs, umbrellas or things for water activities. I went in March, so it was not quite warm enough for me to want to get in the water yet. The ocean was just warm enough to sit by and relax. My mom and I even saw dolphins a few times playing out in the water.
While I have suggested these five activities in Corpus Christi, I do know there is a storm going on down there. My heart goes out to all of Texas, especially the areas affected by this storm. They are all in my thoughts and I hope the storm dies down quicker than expected.
Stayed tuned next week for a new post about Tennessee. Hope your bags are packed, you will definitely want to go to this state for all it has to offer.
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