The beautiful beachside city of Corpus Christi, Texas is full of attractions and entertainment. Tourists pay a lot of money to enjoy this “sparkling city by the sea,” but locals will let you know that spending money isn’t a requirement for a good time here. There are many free things to do in Corpus Christi, like sightseeing, festivals, and enjoying nature all around the city. We’ve compiled some activities you can do for free in Corpus Christi below.
First Friday ArtWalk
La Retama Park, 500 N. Mesquite St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Enjoy a showcase of local artists’ work at the Corpus Christi First Friday ArtWalk every first Friday of every month from 5:30–9 p.m. at La Retama Park. Art of all sorts can be found at this event, including visual art, performance art, and culinary art! There are over 75 vendors who display and sell their work at the ArtWalk. Attendees can visit vendor booths, get snacks at a food truck, and watch live musical performances. Admission to the event is free, and it’s a great opportunity to bond with the community. To view more event information or to apply as a vendor, visit the Marina Arts District website.
600 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971–1995) is memorialized with a life-size bronze statue, Mirador de la Flor, or Overlook of the Flower. Selena left a legacy in Corpus Christi and is still known as the “Queen of Tejano Music.” She lived and performed for many years in Corpus Christi before she met an untimely death by a gunshot wound in 1995. She is buried at Seaside Memorial Park and her memorial was erected in 1997. Her memorial is visited by over 30,000 visitors a year. The statue of Selena was sculpted by H.W. “Buddy” Tatus, a Corpus Christi artist. A view of the Gulf and harbor is also visible from the statue, creating a beautiful backdrop for photos with the beloved singer’s memorial.
The Selena Memorial in Corpus Christi, TX, Photo by Terry Ross via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0
Marina Market Days
Lawrence Street T-Head, 400A N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Marina Market Days are hosted on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. by the Corpus Christi Marina Department.The Marina is on the Corpus Christi Bay and protected from the Gulf of Mexico by barrier islands off the Texas coast. Enjoy a waterfront activity by attending the free Marina Market Days. Walk along the harbor, attend the farmers market, and explore displays by more than 80 vendors with an array of art, handmade goods, food, jewelry, garden art, outdoor furniture, woodworking, and much more. The event is free and suitable for attendees of all ages.
The Corpus Christi Marina, photo by Kim Alaniz via Flickr.
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatching Release
Malaquite Visitor Center, 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Witness the wonder of nature as baby sea turtles are released into the wild. Residents, visitors, and students of Corpus Christi have a unique opportunity to see turtles hatch and make their way to the water on North Padre Island. Viewings are organized by the National Park Service but don’t occur on a routine schedule. Most public releases take place at 6:45 a.m. on Malaquite Beach in front of the Visitor Center at the Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is advised to plan a visit over a period of several days when multiple nests are due to hatch. You can call the Hatchling Hotline at (361) 949-7163 for the latest information about the next scheduled public release. Sea turtle releases only take place from April to August.