Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

#7 in Best Things To Do in Corpus Christi
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Key Info

1900 N. Chaparral St.

Price & Hours

$12 for adults; $9 for seniors and kids 3 to 12; free for kids 2 and younger
Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun Noon-5 p.m.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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This museum spans almost 100,000 square feet and focuses on Corpus Christi and southern Texas. Exhibits explore Texas' role in the Civil War, historic photographs of the North Beach section of the city and an excavated shipwreck from Padre Island. Meanwhile, science-focused exhibits boast locally found gems and crystals, southern Texas wildlife and an outdoor garden. There's also a 5,000-square-foot Science Center where kids will be able to romp on the outdoor playground, build with large blocks and learn with other hands-on activities.

Past travelers said the museum is worth visiting, noting in particular that it's a great option for a rainy day and will keep children entertained. However, patrons also cautioned that the museum could use a little updating.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 3 to 12 and are free for kids 2 and younger. You'll find the museum just west of the Art Museum of South Texas across the Bayfront Science Park. Visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History's website for more information.

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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.

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