Corpus Christi Road Trip & Beach Day
I’ve been to Corpus Christi a few times on my own before but hadn’t taken the kiddos. I’m so glad that we finally had the chance to visit together as a family.
Corpus Christi is a gorgeous oceanside city with amazing food, gorgeous beaches and tons of local arts and festivals to enjoy. It’s also a great city for families because there is so much to see and do.
I knew we would only have a few hours in town since we were just passing through on the way home. That meant there wasn’t a lot of time to sit down at restaurants or visit local attractions.
Honestly, the kids needed an outdoor break after being cooped up in the truck for so long. That’s why we decided to spend a few hours at the beach soaking up the sun and splashing around with the kiddos.
Cole Park in Corpus Christi, Texas
Our first stop was Cole Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. This gorgeous recreational area includes a bay view, pier and fishing jetty, amphitheater, water gardens, children’s playground, picnic area, and skate park. For more about Cole Park, visit this link. You can also check out this 360°view of of the park.
This is the view from the deck on the south side of the park which families often use to go fishing together. The water here by the bay is such a gorgeous sea-green color which looks amazing against the crisp blue sky. It’s a really great spot to hang out and just enjoy the view.
On the day we visited Corpus Christi, the pier was closed, so we weren’t able to walk out away from the shore (you can make out the pier in the image below). Instead, we just enjoyed the gorgeous view from the water’s edge.
We walked over to the Kid’s Place so the kids could play at the park. We took our cat, Dusty, with us and he made a ton of little friends. He was a popular little guy…lol. We got stopped at least five times by people either commenting on him walking on his leash or asking to pet him.
Afterward, we stopped in the grass while Dusty and the kids had a drink. I mean, it was almost 100° out, so we needed a quick break before jumping back into the truck.
McGee Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas
Our next stop was McGee Beach. This is another great spot downtown off of Ocean Drive. It’s positioned just a 5-minute drive north of Cole Park (about 20-minutes if you’re walking).
McGee Beach has free parking, public showers, and restrooms. I didn’t see any changing rooms while there. We ended up changing in the restroom stalls, which was not ideal. That was the only part of the park that I felt could have been cleaner.
A convenient feature of the park is the availability of Blue Duck scooters, which you can rent and use to get around the park and the downtown area. The city is super friendly to both locals and tourists, so you can find scooters all over the downtown area.
It’s only a couple of dollars to ride and can easily be rented through the app. Visit this link to find out more about how they work.
Once you get down to the beach there are rinsing stations where you can rinse before or after a swim.
Most of the beach is made up of soft, white sand. Down at the water’s edge though, there are a ton of shells, rocks, and grit.
Our kids loved digging through the sand and finding new things to collect. It’s not always great on your feet though. If you plan to walk along the beach, it’s not a bad idea to bring a pair of chanclas.
After all of our adventures swimming and playing on the beach with the kiddos, it was finally time to jump back into the truck and get on the road.
Special thanks to the Chevrolet team for loaning us a gorgeous and super spacious 2019 Chevy Silverado for our road trip! If you’re interested in learning more about the Silverado, visit this post to read our full review and watch our video tour.
Before heading out, we cleaned up the kiddos and stopped at McDonald’s for little dinner.
Mijo was acting super tired and definitely needed to go down for a nap before getting on the road. His current car seat is upright, so falling asleep in there isn’t the best scenario.
Instead, we played some soothing music and rocked him to sleep before placing him into his seat. This really calmed him down and helped us make it through the trip.
He did wake up once when were about 30 minutes from home and we pulled over to give him a little break. If you’ve ever traveled with toddlers, you know that it’s better to stop early and give the kids a break than to push them to the point of a breakdown.
Taking lots of breaks made our road trip through Texas a bit longer of a drive, but it was worth it to preserve everyone’s sanity and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Honestly, there were some points when we would stop every hour. If the kids fell asleep, we might make 3-4 hours straight. We literally left that up to them and just tried to get as much driving time in as we could when it was comfortable for them.
During this road trip, we traveled all the way from the Río Grande Valley to Dallas and back, so taking lots of breaks for the kids was a must. Overall it was a great trip, although chaotic at times. But that’s to be expected with family travel…lol.
Looking for other spots to visit in Corpus Christi, Texas? Check out this list of local parks and recreation facilities.
As always, we would love to hear your thoughts. How do you plan for family road trips and keep everyone happy? What tips can you share? Have you visited any of these spots in Corpus Christi? We’d love to hear which local spot is your favorite!