Corpus Christi Visitors Guide
Lots of sunshine, excellent beaches and clean air; the ultimate combination for a perfect getaway. Corpus Christi will charm you in a way that you will soon be wanting to come back for some more. This "Sparkling city by the bay" truly lives up to the name its been lovingly given. No time is a bad time to visit Corpus Christi, with clear blue skies and excellent weather welcoming you all year through. The winters here are not very long and mild too, so soak in the relaxed atmosphere of this place when your heart desires.
Corpus Christi makes for an ideal stop over for all those planning to go ahead to either Mexico or King Ranch. So, whether you plan to go explore the city or head out, this city is at a very convenient location. For those who want to experience the city, the best way to move around is through the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority or the RTA, as it is more popularly known as. The RTA provides a fixed route bus service at very reasonable costs for residents and tourists along with other special car pool services. With 1351 bus stops, getting to any place in Corpus Christi is easy, even if you do not have a car. RTA also provides the Harbor Ferry which provides water transportation from the Peoples Street to the Aquarium and Corpus Christi beaches. Below are the bus route maps for Downtown Corpus Christi and the Bayfront Connector that gets you to the beaches.
CORPUS CHRISTI ART
Art is a form of expression. Corpus Christi recognizes this fact and how art affects our lives, serving to be a source of investment, both in social and economic terms.
Corpus Christi, both through its online and offline mediums, presents an opportunity to engage visitors, whether as participants, informed supporters or simply art enthusiasts.
The Arts and Cultural Commission of Corpus Christi serves a very important role in encouraging the budding artists. It helps to promote and nurture artists by creating an atmosphere of creative expression.
The Festival of Arts, is an annual celebration which provides for a beautiful view of the waterfront, the cool gulf breezes and the endless open blue skies. It is an occasion for all art enthusiasts to come together and celebrate art in its various forms. The highlight of this festival is the workshops, the showcased work of locals to international artists, vending artisans, lectures, tram tours of the Public Art collection, food vendors, etc. All in all, it has something for everyone!
Another such center which all art enthusiasts will appreciate and look forward to visiting is the Art Museum of South Texas. This serves as a landmark point of Corpus Christi Bay. This not only houses some of the most spectacular art works but also provides for a wonderful view of the Corpus Christi Bay.
CORPUS CHRISTI CULTURE
Corpus Christi, is a city of diverse demographic groups, sub cultures and ethnicities. Each of these ensures that the different parts of the city have its own distinct flavor, be it because of the surfers, the cowboys, the Hispanic community, or the defense bases.
Corpus Christi, like the rest of Texas, once used to be a part of the independent nation -Republic of Texas, before it became a part of the United States. Thus the prevailing culture, majorly is that of Mexican-Americans as well as Hispanic people. Rightly then, one can see a reflection of this Mexican culture in various aspects of the life of the residents of Corpus Christi.
This culture of Corpus Christi can broadly be seen in the characteristic institutional structures, the architecture, the food, the art, the music, the street names etc. Overall, the place gives a good feel of a vacationing spot, both for the young and the old, with its wide landscape of oceans and beaches and the cool attire of flip flops and Hawaiian shirts.
It is also worthwhile to mention that the city also boasts of being home to numerous cultural organizations- Hispanic and None Hispanic while talking about the culture of Corpus Christi. It offers art and culture enthusiasts and practitioners an ensemble of museums, art galleries, art festivals etc.
CORPUS CHRISTI HISTORY
The history of Corpus Christi is as rich as its cuisine or art. Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney founded the city of Corpus Christi in 1839. Initially it was referred to as Kinney’s Ranch or Kinney’s trading post, a small post for selling supplies and trading with a camped Mexican army, 25 miles west of it. A few years later, this post was renamed as Corpus Christi on 9th September 1852. The name Corpus Christi, means the ‘Body of Christ’ which owes its legacy to the Eucharist or the Blessed Sacrament. The city of Corpus Christi is also known colloquially as the “Sparkling city by the sea”.
A few decades later, the Port of Corpus Christi was opened and subsequent to that, the Corpus Christi Naval air station was commissioned. It also served as an important junction for Confederate commerce.
While writing about the history of Corpus Christi, it may be important to mention that the city is a part of the Nueces County. Although, the Karankawa Indians were the original inhabitants, Sieur de La Salle, Rene Cavelier, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Currently, Corpus Christi has a team of a mayor along with a city manager and eight council members who form a part of the home-rule government.
The city boasts of offering different kinds of recreational facilities like boating, fishing, camping etc and also celebrates various traditional festivals like All-Tex Jazz Festival, Cinco de Mayo, New Year’s Day Swim, Buccaneer Days, Navy Relief festival etc.