Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Those who want to appreciate the area’s natural beauty beyond the beach should visit the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (8545 S. Staples St., 361/852-2100, www.stxbot.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $5 adults, $4 seniors and military, $2 children ages 5–12). Exotic gardens and perfectly landscaped lawns await visitors at this popular attraction, which takes full advantage of its tropical climate to produce vibrant colors and lush landscapes.
One of the center’s showpieces is the Rose Garden, featuring 300 roses, a large pavilion, and beautiful lightly lapping fountain. Other noteworthy areas are the hummingbird garden, orchid garden with 2,500 flowering plants, and the hibiscus garden.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition