Art Museum of South Texas#8 in Best Things To Do in Corpus Christi
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The Art Museum of South Texas has a long history, dating back to the 1930s. It started housed in the small Centennial Museum and has since been expanded not once, but twice. Today, the museum's two buildings (constructed in 1972 and 2006) are home to a variety of rotating exhibits from the museum's permanent collection of more than 1,850 works, which focus mainly on regional art. Works include sculptures, watercolors, paintings and full-scale installations. In addition to perusing the exhibits, visitors can explore the gift shop and children can play in the on-site ArtCade to create their own works of art. The museum also hosts different events for both children and adults.
Past travelers offer mixed reviews of the museum. Most reviewers were impressed by the museum's architecture and say the art on display is lovely. Others were dismayed that the exhibits and art had little variety in style.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military members and $4 for students. There is $1 admission on the first Friday of every month and the museum stays open until 9 p.m. You'll find the museum across from the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in the Sports, Entertainment and Arts (SEA) District. Visit the museum's website for more details.
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This barrier island stretches along the Texas coast for 113 miles, though it's split into two islands. While its southern section, South Padre Island, is a well-known spring break destination, Padre Island offers a calmer seaside getaway near Corpus Christi. In particular, travelers rave about the island's national seashore, a 70-mile stretch of land protected by the National Park Service, for its pristine beaches, calm atmosphere and space to spread out.
At the national seashore, travelers can build sandcastles on the beach, windsurf on Laguna Madre (a small body of water that is saltier than the ocean) or hop on a four-wheeler and cruise down the sands. If you time your trip for a summer visit, you may even be able to catch a sea turtle hatchling release. Remember that these releases have no set schedule as the baby turtles will hatch when they like. And if you're looking to save on accommodations, you can do so here by camping on the beach. Just know that camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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