South Padre Island Things to Do

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  • 1. Laguna Madre Nature Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There is a free nature walk next to the convention center. Like the one associated with the Birding Center this one is a boardwalk with a few spots for observing the wildlife. In some places they are...

  • 2. Sea Turtle Rescue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a "living museum" dedicated to the "sea turtle lady" Ila Loetscher. You can see the sea turtles and learn all about them and the efforts to preserve them. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday...

  • 3. Schliterbahn Water Park

    Schlitterbahn (German for "slippery road") is one of the premier waterparks in the country. They have a variety of chutes, slides, pools, water-coasters and other ways to have fun in the water. There...

  • 4. Statue of Padre Jose Nocolas Balli

    You will find a statue of Padre Jose Nicholas Balli (for whom Padre Island is named) at the end of the causeway; his arms outstretched as though he is greeting the visitors to his island. Balli's...

  • 5. Isla Blanca Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    I lived on the Island about 10 years ago. It was fun espeially since I had a Big Ass Truck and spent most of my time up north between 5/6 and Mansfield cut playing. In the sand with friends and...

  • 6. Andy Bowie Park

    Located on the northern end of South Padre Island, this Cameron County Park is a much smaller version of Isla Blanca Park on the other end of town. It provides beachfront picnic pavilions,...

  • 8. Whale Wall and Other Murals

    There are several water related murals all around town; but by far the most famous (and best) is the "Whale Wall" at the South Padre Island Convention Center....

  • 9. Sandcastles

    South Padre Island is called the "Sandcastle Capital of the World". Take a walk through the sandcastles and admire the work and/or take a sandcastle building...

  • 10. Beach Access Points

    There are 24 beach access points all along Gulf Boulevard. Gulf Circle and Treasure Island Circle have restrooms. 8 of the access points (mostly on the south...

  • 11. The Beaches, The Water

    Since South Padre Island is an island there are plenty of beaches and water related things to do. The Gulf of Mexico is to the east and Laguna Madre to the...

  • 12. South Padre Convention Center

    The South Padre Convention Center opened in 1992 and has been upgraded and expanded a few times since then. The facility has over 22,000 square feet of exhibit...

  • 13. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

    The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center offers a new 5-story observation tower, interactive museum type exhibits to educate you about the animal...

  • 14. Watch the Wildlife

    The climate stays pretty mild here so you can see wildlife along the nature trails most anytime you visit. Watch out for the alligators. This fella was kinda...

  • 15. Stop at the South Padre Island Visitors Center

    The South Padre Island Visitor's Center is a good place to begin your visit to the island. Here the helpful staff can provide maps and brochures telling you of...

  • 16. A few things..

    If you stop by the turtle sanctuary, talk it up with the staff- they'll tell you where you can find protected turtle nesting sites on the island. If your the...

  • 17. Surfing Lessons

    You have to go Surfing while you are on the Island! South Padre Surf Co. offers lessons year round. REALLY fun for the whole family! I was suprised at how easy...

  • 18. South Padre Island Convention Centre

    This place is the convention centre for the island as well as a wildlife reserve. There are boardwalks that go out over the bay where you can see many...

  • 19. Third Best Beach in America

    Of all the many attractions on South Padre Island, no doubt #1 is the beach. It has been rated by the Travel Channel as the "Third Best Beach in America." The...

  • 20. Cristo de los Pescadores

    Before South Padre Island was a resort it was a fishing village, and to some extent it remains so even today. Dozens of fishermen and shrimpers in the area...

  • 21. The Whaling Wall

    On the walls of the South Padre Island Convention Centre is the famous "Whaling Wall #53" by acclaimed environmental artist Wyland. The artist wanted to show...

  • 22. A Texas-Size Sand Castle

    The largest year-round sand castle in the State of Texas is in front of the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Sons of the Beach Sand Castle Wizards, who...

  • 23. Dolphin Watch

    Half a dozen companies on South Padre Island and the neighboring town of Port Isabel offer Dolphin Watch cruises. We took one out of Port Isabel (See our...

  • 24. Come Meet the Sea Turtles

    The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is operated by Sea Turtle, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping sick or injured sea turtles. It was founded in...

  • 25. Swimming

    Take a dip in the gulf of Mexico and do some sunbathing.Take care to leave the beach the way you found it. Fines are pricey

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