Things to Do in the Coastal Bend: 15 Unique Ideas


There are so MANY awesome things to do in the Coastal Bend, it can be hard to narrow down the best places to go! So, we put together a list of 15 of the most unique places to visit and things to do in the Corpus Christi Coastal Bend area. Each of these offer a unique experience sure to create lasting memories for any local or visitor! 

Bien Merite This place boasts the BEST pastries around! They have amazing croissants (personal fav: chocolate almond), a variety of specialty coffees and teas, and unique lunch options. You will find this gem in downtown Corpus Christi. 

Captain Kirk’s Tiki CruisesFamily cruises, sunset cruises, party cruises, nature cruises…Captain Kirk has it all! Located in Port Aransas, you will be hard pressed to find better views!

Chapel on the Dunes This little beauty is on a sand dune overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas. This chapel serves as a great photography site, venue, and offers local tours where guests can learn about its unique history. 

Cole Park PierThis waterfront spot on Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi has it all! A family- friendly park, a large playground, an amphitheater that hosts many events, a walking and cycling trail, and lots of green space…and you just cant beat the view! The perfect park on the water!

Fire It Up Ceramics– Looking for something different to do? Fire It Up Ceramics has got you covered! The entire family can make lasting memories by painting ceramics you get to take home with you! Make plans to visit them in Port Aransas!

GlowRowImagine a night time kayaking tour, at night, in a glow in the dark kayak! Imagine no more. GlowRow can make it happen! They offer tours in various locations throughout the Coastal Bend. 

Island Joe’sThis unique coffee shop was built out of 10 shipping containers. They offer quality coffee and food, and are dog friendly! They serve unique coffee beverages and tasty snacks. Check them out on North Padre Island.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle ReleasesCatch one of the seasonal turtle hatching releases and witness a once in a lifetime event on the National Seashore on North Padre Island. This unique event is for everyone in the family!

Kohootz Dolphin EncountersAransas Pass offers awesome dolphin tours in the Coastal Bend! Kohootz Dolphin Tours will show you all the best spots for dolphin encounters. 

Love Shack Tiki HutUpgrade your day at the beach in this one of a kind tiki hut! This shaded and stylish tiki hut comes equipped with a margarita machine, hammock chairs, bluetooth speakers, and much more! Make your beach neighbors jealous. 

Red Dragon Pirate CruisesBirthday parties, family fun, or just a unique outdoor adventure, Red Dragon Pirate Cruises offers entertainment for kids and adults alike! Check them out in Port Aransas. 

Rockport Birding and Kayak AdventuresBirding in the Coastal Bend attracts people from all over the U.S. Enhance your birding experience, or just get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Rockport, Texas on their kayak tours. 

The Coffee MuggAttention all Harry Potter fans: this is for you. Tasty treats, and awesome coffee in a place dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Located downtown, this place won’t disappoint any muggle!

Vintage Air ToursThe ultimate thrill, these tours will showcase the beauty of Lake Corpus Christi in the most memorable way: in vintage planes! Take a flight you will never forget!

Winton’s Island CandyNot just for kids! This place will satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone! This fun candy shop is full of color, fun, and best of all: CANDY. You will find this sugar rush in Port Aransas. 

Drop us a comment and let us know what you think of these unique hot spots in the Coastal Bend. Did we miss any that you feel MUST be showcased? Let us know!