City of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a deep-water port and one of the most popular seacoast destination cities in Texas. Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda was the first known European visitor to the area in 1519. The first settlers in Corpus Christi, led by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney, established a frontier trading post in 1839. Corpus Christi remained obscure until 1845 when it began to expand.

The city's seawall, with steps to the water, was built in the late 1930s as part of a major landfill that created Shoreline Boulevard and the popular "T" head docks for pleasure boating. Corpus Christi Beach, north of downtown over the bridge, is the site of the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium and offers park areas, picnic tables, showers, and rest rooms. In keeping with the city's image of having glistening waterways, Corpus Christi's Water Garden at the Bayfront Arts and Science Park sparkles for visitors who see, hear, and touch the garden's water. Some 150 fountains form the nucleus of the park, which is lighted at night. Modern institutions of higher learning include Del Mar College and Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

With an average temperature of 71.2 degrees, Corpus Christi is a year-round outdoor recreation haven. In addition to fishing (bay and offshore), outdoor tennis, sailing, golf, and windsurfing are popular pastimes. Winter-time temperatures in the 70s and 80s are common in the Isles of Texas, which contributes to the growing number of "Winter Texans" who flock to Corpus Christi during the winter months.