- The list below includes 39 free or cheap things to do in or near Corpus Christi, Texas, including 25 different types of inexpensive activities like Family Fun Center, Art Museum, Military Museums and Specialty Museums.
- From Malaquite Beach to Padre Island National Seashore, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Corpus Christi and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Port Aransas.
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Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi, TX 78418 MoreLess Info
Located along the Padre Island shore, Malaquite Beach, is an ideal place to set up your campsite and enjoy a vacation near the water. The site features well-maintained bathhouses, restrooms, and clean white sands and water.
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PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480 MoreLess Info
The site of three Spanish ship wrecks in 1554, Padre Island National Seashore, consists of 70 miles of undeveloped coastline. The park is available for camping, hiking, wildlife watching, swimming, or relaxing by the surf.
Located along the water, Cole Park measures 43 acres and offers views of the bay along with an amphitheater used to host free concerts. The park provides a children's playground, picnic areas, restroom facilities, beach access and a fishing pier.
Cole Park Amphitheater offers a variety of amenities including a playground area, skateboarding park along with a pier walking out into the ocean. The park also features a large open green field and lots of picnic tables in the shade.
Offering a raised boardwalk for ease of birdwatching, Port Aransas Birding Center provides an opportunity to discover local birds, spot wildlife like the resident alligators, and experience the flora of the region, including flower beds that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
A reminder of a powerful entertainment figure and tragic death, the Mirador del Flor / Selina's Seawall Statue is a reminder of the trying times the city has had. The statues is a beautiful piece of art with character and personality.
9 SPECIAL GROUPON DEAL: Up to 56% Off a Botanical Gardens Visit
8545 S. Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX MoreLess Info
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a nature tourism destination featuring a wide range of plants and birds. The gardens host over 2500 varieties of orchids, wetland and forest habitats, and cacti and desert plant collections.
Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area is a 72-acre park that is home to many migrating birds that can be viewed from boardwalks. Besides birdwatching, visitors can enjoy covered picnic tables, grills, a playground and a butterfly garden.