Corpus Christi & Coastal Bend Area Spring Bucket List


After being stuck inside due to chilly South Texas weather and some crazy, windy days, many of us welcomed the start of the spring season. School-aged children were counting down to spring break. As for my own children, they are already begging to know what fun things we have planned for this summer. They want to be OUTSIDE. I get it. I am ready for some outside spring activities, too. Even I dream of abandoning the overflowing laundry and trading it in for the gentle breeze and the soft smell of spring.

In preparation for this fresh season, I have made a bucket list that outlines some of our favorite spring activities. All of these activities can be done right here in our beautiful Corpus Christi area too!

  • Go on a Nature Walk If you haven’t been before, try Suter Wildlife Refuge on Enis Joslin at Nile. They have a playground, a one-mile nature trail, and a boardwalk that leads to Oso Bay. Our kids love the scenery there.
  • Blow Bubbles… and pop them!
  • Have Some Sidewalk Chalk Fun
  • Plant Flowers
  • Attend a Hooks Baseball Game! We like to check the schedule in advance for promotional nights like “Dollar Hot dogs” or “Kids Day.”)


Butterflies at Botanical with Logo

  • Explore the Butterfly House at the South Texas Botanical Gardens
  • Go on a Bug Hunt
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt
  • Play Hopscotch
  • Watch a Ladybug Release
  • Go Fishing
  • Go to Texas Sand Fest in Port Aransas 
  • Jump Rope
  • Watch the Sunrise
  • Visit Cole Park
  • Camp Outside
  • Set up a Water or Sand Table to Play In



  • Paint with Water Paint the sidewalk or fence with just a paint brush and a small bucket of water!
  • Watch the Sea Turtle Hatching / Release at the Padre Island National Seashore, which typically starts in April
  • Eat Dinner {or any other meal} Outside
  • Pick Flowers for Someone Special
  • Play a Game of Putt-Putt Golf
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market 
  • Swing and Slide at a Park or Playground
  • Participate in a Walk/Run with Your Family Beach to Bay is a really fun one, but there are others to choose from all year long!
  • Ride your Bike or Skateboard at Cole Skatepark Our kids just like to watch the skaters do their cool tricks!
  • Create and Attempt Your Own Obstacle Course
  • Read a Book Outside
  • Put a Blanket Out and Stargaze at Night
  • Attend Buc Days’ Festival/Carnival 
  • Watch the Buc Days’ Junior Parade 
  • Attend the Buc Days’ Illuminated Night Parade
  • Make a Bird Feeder or Birdhouse and enjoy some bird-watching
  • Play Frizbee
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day
  • Make a Lemonade Stand 
  • Get Out Your Baseball and Play Catch

What spring activities or events are on your “Must Do” list this year? Do you have a favorite spot in the Corpus Christi area that shouts springtime?

This post was originally published in March 2016 and updated in March 2024.

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Janell is a stay-at-home mom to two boys and two girls. She met her husband at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she studied Early Childhood Development. After college, Janell taught as an elementary teacher in Corpus Christi. Once her first child was born, she left the public school scene to become a full-time mommy. She is addicted to children's books, Pinterest, and chocolate. If her busy life allows, you might find her buried in a craft project, discovering a new book, or simply snuggling with her amazing hubby and little ones. Janell loves writing about her mommy experiences, and she is ecstatic to be a part of the Corpus Christi Moms Blog team!


  1. This is an awesome list. I hear so many complaints about how Corpus has nothing to do, when in fact there are a ton of things to do, and a lot of them are usually free or for a small admission fee. I will be trying some of these list items with my kiddos.


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