Car Free Journey: Corpus Christi, cont

Enjoying Corpus Christi After You Arrive

Local bus service is provided by the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA). For route and schedule information, visit http://www.ccrta.org, or call (361) 883-2287. A single ride costs 75 cents (less for students, seniors 60 and older, and persons with disabilities). The downtown shuttle (Route 79) and Port Aransas shuttle (Route 94) cost just 25 cents. A one-day pass costs $1.75. A weekly pass is $7.50. CCRTA also operates 4 trolleys (Routes 73, 75, 78, and 79)

If you don’t want to drive, downtown Corpus Christi is a convenient location to stay during your visit. Several attractions are within walking distance, and two popular beaches are a short bus ride away.

 

Two Popular Bay Beaches Are Close To Downtown

McGee Beach

Because of its bay location, there is very little seaweed and no undertow, making McGee Beach the perfect location for children. Swim-from April until Thanksgiving; enjoy the view of sailboats, wind surfers, and shrimpers hauling in their catch or turn street-side to watch the pedal carts and passersby. McGee Beach has a pier, with rest rooms and a small restaurant, where you can bring a rod and some bait and try your hand at fishing.

CCRTA’s Route 73 Trolley (McGee Beach Connector) runs every hour, between 7:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, from Staples Street Station in downtown Corpus Christi

 

Bicyclists Are Welcome Here!

 

The best biking trail in town is along Shoreline Boulevard and Ocean Drive. Rent a bicycle from Shoreline Bikes, 555 N. Shoreline Blvd., (361) 883.8888, (No Web site), or a four-person bike from the Peoples Street T-Head at the Corpus Christi Marina. From there, enjoy a paved bike trail for several miles.

Outings and Attractions

Bus stops line the downtown corridor and concierge’s can help guide you to the nearest bus stop. Two places you should not miss are the Texas State Aquarium, and the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay.

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi

Texas State Aquarium

Observe aquatic life from jellyfish to dolphins and learn about the Gulf of Mexico without leaving shore. Open 9 to 5 daily. www.texasstateaquarium.com, or call toll-free (800) 477-GULF.

U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay

As soon as you climb aboard this World War II aircraft carrier, you’ll be transported back in time, with an opportunity to climb behind the controls of a jet fight, catch a movie in the Mega Theater or take a ride in a flight simulator. Open daily 9 to 5. http://www.usslexington.com/ or call toll-free (800) LADY-LEX.

To get to the Aquarium (http://www.txstateaquarium.com), catch the 76- Harbor Bridge Shuttle to get you over to Corpus Christi Beach , it runs ever 40 minutes beginning at 10:00am. After the Aquarium, walk over and visit the historic USS Lexington http://www.usslexington.com/)

Tired of the sights and want to relax on the beach or get your toes in the sand? Corpus Christi Beach is a short walk from both the Lexington and Aquarium. Just don’t forget the 76- Harbor Bridge Shuttle picks up its last passengers from the Aquarium at 5:35pm.

Here are some other ideas for enjoying your weekend here, without needing to drive:

Bird Watching

Blucher Park, located at Blucher and Carrizo Streets next to the Central Public Library, is a four-acre, city park specifically set aside to ensure the preservation of bird habitat and provide birds a welcome pit stop during their annual migrations.

Sightseeing Boat Tours:

Take a tour of the Sparkling City by the Sea from the sea with Captain Clark’s Sightseeing Tours on the Peoples Street T-head, (phone: [361] 884.8306}. Enjoy day or evening trips on a 400-passenger paddle wheeler with narrated cruises.

 

For more Information:

Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://www.corpuschristicvb.com/ or call toll-free (800) 678-6232

Regional Transportation Authority: http://www.ccrta.org/ or call (361) 883-2287

About Car Free America and Steve Atlas, “Car Free Journey” author

Car Free America’s reports and e-books focus on the needs of non-drivers and anyone who wants to drive less. Our 1st e-book, Car Free at the Beach, spotlights 20 beaches throughout the United States that you can enjoy without a car.

Since the 1980’s, I (Steve Atlas) have been promoting and exploring car-free living. I’ve joined several transit advocacy groups, and wrote a special report, “Now it’s safe to Take Your Hands off the Wheel” that showed why driving less makes sense for anyone—no matter where they live.

As I continue to research alternative lifestyles, where car ownership is unnecessary, I realize that there is little information available about where this can be accomplished.

E-mail me at steve@carfreeamerica.com with your ideas, suggestions for future reports and newsletter articles, and any comments about how we can make http://www.CarFreeAmerica.com better. And don’t forget to visit our other website: www.carfreeamerica.org for more ideas, information and success stories.

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