Corpus Christi

Population

2010: 305,215, #60 in U.S., #8 in Texas

1950: 108,287, #98 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 428,185, #114 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 165,471, #107 in U.S.

Setting

Corpus Christi, a major port on Corpus Christi Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, was founded as a trading post in 1839 and incorporated in 1852. Today, there are beaches, parks, and a marina along the downtown waterfront.The Harbor Ferry serves the waterfront area.

Buildings

Tallest building: One Shoreline Plaza, 411 feet (1988)

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Corpus Christi has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Corpus Christi.

Museums

The Art Museum of South Texas, the Museum of Science and History, the Texas Surf Museum, the Texas State Aquarium, and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay are all near downtown.

Corpus Christi Bay and Skyline
(Photo by Terry Ross)

Theaters

Downtown Corpus Christi has no movie theaters. The Performing Arts Center (2005) at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, southeast of downtown, hosts the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and a variety of other concerts.

The Selena Auditorium (1979) at the American Bank Center hosts concerts and touring Broadway shows. The Harbor Playhouse is also in the downtown area.

Sports

The Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros, play at Whataburger Field (2005). 

Map of Downtown Corpus Christi

Convention and Visitors Bureau