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Come Visit the Sparkling Coastal City of Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi is the county seat of Nueces County located in Southern Texas. Corpus Christi received its name from the Spanish in honor of the (Eucharist) Blessed Sacrament; translated it means "Body of Christ."
The city is nicknamed "The Sparkling City by the Sea" more commonly in tourism literature. Several awards have been earned by the city since 2003. These awards include 2003 All American City, Digital City, one of the best cities to stretch your paycheck, and one of the least depressed cities in the nation.
The population of Corpus Christi was estimated to be 279,208 in 2003. Although it has a large population, this place has a small town atmosphere rather than the hustle and bustle of a city. It is ranked as the 8th largest city in Texas. Nearby cities and towns are Doyle and Portland. Places of higher education offered by Corpus Christi include Texas A&M and Del Mar College.
Facts and History for Corpus Christi
In the early 19th century, pirates led by Jean Laffite were known to visit the area frequently. Originally the city grew in ranching and farming until 1894 when oil was discovered. Today the city is a busy port for petroleum, chemicals, grain, and cotton.
Several famous residents have included actress Farrah Faucet, football player Raymond Berry, racecar drivers Bobby and Terry LaBonte, and singer Louise Mandrell. Sports teams include (minor league baseball) Hooks, (arena football) Hammerheads, and the (CHL) Rayz. Corpus Christi is also known for the national attention it received in 1995 for the shooting death of Selena, the Tejano music star.
Historical Sites in Corpus Christi
For those who wish to explore historical sites or museums, Corpus Christi is the place to go. The city offers the USS Lexington, the Art Museum of South Texas, the International Kite Museum, the Asian Cultures Museum, and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.
Prefer shopping in Corpus Christi? South Padre Drive contains it all with two shopping malls facing one another, several large and small shopping centers, and a countless number of food choices.
At the Pharaoh Valley Golf Club, family vacationers can play a round of golf while enjoying the haven for migratory birds. They might also want to visit the Harbor Playhouse theatre, one of the state╠s oldest operating community theaters. Visitors can also take a drive through Heritage Park and view several restored homes. Corpus Christi is also home to one of the world's largest ranches - King Ranch.
So, come see what fun this major deepwater seaport has to offer. Those who want to relax in Corpus Christi's waterfront and mild weather can plan their next vacation by visiting the Corpus Christi, TX USA website. (http://www.cctexas.com)
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Corpus Christi Tourist Sites, Attractions, and Things to Do
Corpus Christi offers many popular destinations and attractions for tourists and residents alike. Some local festivals include Bayfest, Buccaneer Days, Hispanic Heritage Festival, and Texas Jazz Festival. Corpus Christi has several parks and recreational areas including Cole Park, Suter Wildlife Park (one of the best sea bird watching areas in the world), Sablatura Park, Mustang Island State Park. It is also a great base for exploring Padre Island National Seashore (http://www.sopadre.com).
Some of Corpus Christi╠s major family attractions include the Corpus Christi Zoo, Texas State Aquarium, Botanical Gardens, and Pirates of the Gulf theme park. The Texas State Aquarium (http://www.texasstateaquarium.org) is 9 acres of the Gulf of Mexico marine life.