Growing up near the beach you never realize how lucky you are. I always went a few times a summer, but looking back I wish I would have taken advantage of it more often. Now that we live in Austin, our closest beach is 3 ½ hour drive. Last weekend we took off to Corpus Christi in hopes of some warm spring break vibes. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Instead, it was a bit chilly and mostly cloudy. That didn’t stop us from having fun. Here is how we spend a cloudy and chilly weekend in Corpus Christi
Have Fun On The Beach Anyway
Just because it is chilly and cloudy out does not mean you can’t enjoy the beach anyway. Even walking along the wet sand may not seem too cold depending on the time of year. Take a kite to fly, build a sand castle, toss around a football and just enjoy being barefoot in the sand.
Enjoy a Late Night Fire on the Beach
In Virginia Beach, it was illegal to have an open flame on the beach so building a fire on the beach never really occurred to me. We stayed at The Gulfstream Condos located right on the beach on North Padre Island. At night we were planning on starting a fire on the beach. We lucked out and saw someone leave their large campfire without putting it out (which is what you should do). Instead of starting a fire we just went and enjoyed what they left behind. We roasted marshmallows, enjoyed smores, and stayed warm around the fire late into the evening.
The fish still bite in the cold weather. You can go to the pier and rent a pole to enjoy some fishing in the area.
Check the Local Events
Check visitcorpuschristi.com to see what events are going on the week you are there. When we went they were celebrating with a St Patrick’s Day festival. There seems to always be something going on in the area worth checking out.
Visit the Aquarium
One of the most popular places to visit in Corpus is the Texas State Aquarium. For the size of the city, the aquarium is very nice. We really enjoyed all the jellyfish tanks and the flamingos upstairs.
Visit the USS Lexington
This was probably the highlight for me (Dan) but I do not think Michelle would agree. Growing up on a navy base with my dad stationed on a navy ship gave my a huge feeling of nostalgia going on the ship. I love making my way around the ship, seeing the way soldiers lived on the ship and remembering the times I was on board my dad’s ship.
Get Some Good Food
Regardless of the weather, it is always a good time to enjoy some good food. Near the Aquarium and USS Lexington is Yo Philly Cheese Steaks & Subs which had great sandwiches. For seafood, try Black Diamond Oyster Bar or Water Street Oyster Bar and Sushi Bar