Christi is located on the west side of Corpus Christi
Bay, a large (200 mi2 / 500 km2) estuary adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. More
than 490 species of birds and 234 species of fish are found in the Corpus
Christi Bay system (source:
GulfBase). The average wind speed for Corpus Christi Bay varies between 10
and 14 mph, making it an ideal location for wind surfing and kite boarding.
Downtown Corpus Christi contains several museums
including the historic USS
Texas State Aquarium, the Art
Museum of South Texas and the
Christi Museum of Science and History (Downtown
Corpus Christi website). The USS Lexington is a World War II aircraft
carrier that is permanently docked in Corpus Christi Bay. In addition to the
onboard museum, the ‘Lex’ has a MEGA Theater and flight simulator.
Lexington Mission-Aransas NERR
Downtown Corpus Christi is approximately 30 minutes from
the nearest Gulf of Mexico beach. Within 40 minutes south of downtown Corpus
Christi is the Padre
Island National Seashore, a U.S. national recreational area that boasts the
longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world.
Less than 1 ˝ hours drive northeast of Corpus Christi is
another national recreational area, the
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is home to the largest wild
flock of the federally endangered Whooping Crane each winter (October to March).
Other interesting native species that live in the Refuge include alligator,
roseate spoonbill, javelina, white-tailed deer, armadillo, and wildflowers. The
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is included in the Mission-Aransas
National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Corpus Christi is 141 miles from the Mexico border and
within a few hundred miles of several major Texas cities; 144 miles from San
Antonio, 215 miles from Houston, and 218 miles from Austin.