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Things to Do on South Padre Island


Sea Turtle Inc.

Explore the conservation of marine turtles with kid-friendly activities and an up-close look at the magnificent creatures. Learn how to identify different species, and don’t miss the opportunity to view a public release. Rise early and watch hatchlings emerge in the sand as they journey toward the water. To catch a glimpse of their travels, visit sometime between June and August.

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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

Listen to the coos of local wildlife when you visit Rio Grande’s premier birdwatching destination. With 3,300 feet of boardwalk and a five-story viewing tower, you can observe birds, butterflies, tortoises and gators in their natural state. Consider booking a guided tour to fully immerse yourself in the natural landscape. Small group trips are available regularly and welcome participants to view various bird species.

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Fishing Tours

Reel in the good times with a deep-sea fishing charter! With prime fishing on the Gulf Coast during the summer, you can treat yourself to an inshore or offshore adventure. There are dozens of species to catch in this part of Texas, including Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon and Red Snapper.

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Whether you prefer days spent floating on the water or soaring above the coastline, enjoy the ocean with watersport rentals available across South Padre Island. Try paddle boarding, jet skiing, kayaking and parasailing close to the resort.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Vibrant sea life and crystal clear waters attract snorkelers and scuba divers to the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a high salt concentration, Laguna Madre has become a premiere snorkeling destination. Calm shallow waters create the perfect atmosphere for beginners so that you can swim among jellyfish, catfish, crabs, eels, stingrays, and dolphins with ease.

Museums of Port Isabel

Take a break from the beach and wander through a tower constructed in 1852! When you visit the Museums in Port Isabel, you can explore popular historic sites, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

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Horseback Riding

For a truly tropical twist on Texas tourism, consider trotting down the coastline on a guided horseback tour. An excellent activity for the entire family, excursions are offered from sunrise to sunset, with late-night rides provided during the full moon.

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Sandcastle Lessons

Take your sandcastle-building skills to the next level with the help of a professional. Available for groups of ten, each lesson lasts three hours and includes a toolkit for a master-level experience. Learn tips and tricks, and perfect your craft during this family-friendly South Padre Island activity.

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