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Corpus Christi, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 61
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,550
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 475
Committable Meeting Rooms* 12
Convention Center Space 500,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 76,500 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 34,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $97
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $249
*Maximum for a single hotel

Corpus Christi, TX Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to the Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Corpus Christi, a city guide written for meeting professionals. Corpus Christi is ideally positioned as a South Texas meeting site, bursting with Texas hospitality, off-site venues and a strong entertainment and dining scene. Each year, it welcomes thousands of delegates at its two major convention venues, offering these visitors a thriving city center, more than 100 miles of natural beaches and a variety of special event venues that range from an aircraft carrier to an aquarium.

Corpus Christi is situated within a four-hour drive of more than 50 percent of the Texas population, as well as within a three-hour drive of San Antonio, Houston and Austin. Corpus Christi International Airport, which serves Corpus Christi and its surrounding area, offers regular flights to Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Situated within a 20-minute drive of the downtown area, the airport offers meeting space, free Wi-Fi and restaurant options. Once in Corpus Christi, visitors can access the city's downtown hotels, attractions and convention venues via the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority bus system, which is also known as the B Trolley.

Situated within a 10-minute drive of the Corpus Christi International Airport and offering views of the Port of Corpus Christi ship channel, the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center features 73,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests can gather in outdoor and indoor spaces, including a 16,500-square-foot ballroom and seven meeting rooms. A second convention venue option, the city's American Bank Center is a 500,000-square-foot complex housing a historic 2,526-seat auditorium, convention center and a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena. The convention center houses 22 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, a 76,500-square-foot exhibit hall and a pre-function hall with bay views.

Many of Corpus Christi's off-site venues center on its beloved Corpus Christi Bay and celebrate the city's natural beauty and heritage. Groups can gather in outdoor and indoor spaces at the sprawling South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, a 180-acre site that features everything from a Butterfly House and Bromeliad Conservatory to a Wetland Awareness Boardwalk. The USS Lexington Museum welcomes groups to tour the World War II Essex Class aircraft carrier, as well as participate in a flight simulator and virtual battle stations; in fact, the museum can accommodate private events for up to 2,600 guests. Showcasing Gulf of Mexico aquatic habitats and residents, the Texas State Aquarium enables groups to gather in such spaces as its Dolphin Bay Underwater Room, next to its Dolphin Bay exhibit, as well as participate in animal shows and interactive experiences.

Other Corpus Christi attractions that double as off-site venues celebrate the city's arts and culture scene. Dedicated to local and regional arts and operating as a cultural destination for all ages, the Art Center of Corpus Christi presents art walks, receptions, concerts and film screenings, as well as features private event spaces. Perched along Corpus Christi Bay, the Art Museum of South Texas focuses in fine art and craft of the Americas and features such architectural highlights as 13 rooftop pyramids and a catwalk that leads visitors to gallery space. Groups can rent out the museum's meeting rooms, as well as take over the entire museum after hours.

About Corpus Christi, TX / Additional Info

A coastal Texas destination that offers a rich blend of culture, nature and entertainment, Corpus Christi attracts leisure travelers, business travelers and even college students, as it serves as the home of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Del Mar College. Nature lovers and even surfers flock to Corpus Christi to enjoy its mild semi-tropical climate, swim in the warm, Gulf of Mexico waters and relax on its more than 100 miles of Corpus Christi Bay and Gulf of Mexico beaches, ranging from the local-favorite White Cap Beach to the expansive Padre Island National Seashore. Visitors frequent the city's Texas Surf Museum, which explores the history of surfing and showcases the state's unique place in the sport.

Discovered by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda in 1519, Corpus Christi became a frontier trading post in the early 1800s. The Port of Corpus Christi opened in the early 1900s and today, as one of the largest ports in the nation, handles mostly agricultural shipments. Today, the city acts as a regional hub for marketing, packaging and distributing agricultural products; it also contributes to such key industries as petrochemical, tourism, shipping and military fields.

Many of Corpus Christi's attractions cater towards families and offer opportunities to learn about the city or simply enjoy its warm climate. Corpus Christi's beginnings are exhibited at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & Industry, a family-friendly facility that focuses on history, archaeology and natural history. Visitors can tour a replica of the Pinta, visit a xeriscape garden or view shipwreck artifacts, while groups can gather in its gallery space, conference room and other spaces. The city's Hurricane Alley Waterpark welcomes families to race down a four-line slide, ride the surf in a 12,000-square-foot wave pool or float down a winding lazy river. Groups can rent a cabana or hold an event at several waterpark areas. The Brewster Street Ice House, a centerpiece of Corpus Christi's sports, entertainment and arts district, offers family-friendly concerts and shows, as well as offers private event space.

Exploring all of Corpus Christi's attractions, beaches and entertainment venues can leave visitors with a Texas-sized appetite. Fortunately, the city is home to a number of fine restaurants, many of which specializing in fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood. Water Street Oyster Bar houses a sushi bar and raw bar and Katz 21 Steak & Spirits serves up signature cocktails, dry aged prime beef and fresh seafood, while Republic of Texas Bar & Grill offers stunning panoramic bayfront views from its 20th floor perch in the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. Luciano's Italian is an elegant eatery with traditional fare, while Dos Comales serves traditional Tex-Mex selections in a vibrant, contemporary space.

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