Activities for all ages on South Padre Island Texas
Sea Turtle Inc.
Turtles have feelings too. Did you know that picking a turtle up by its shell without supporting the tummy is like being lifted by our finger, toe nails or hair? Founded by Illa Loetscher, affectionately known as the "Turtle Lady", this enviro-friendly organization is dedicated to caring for and educating the public about endangered sea turtles. Located at 6617 Padre Blvd. For more information call (956) 761-1720 or go to http://www.seaturtleinc.com/. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 PM, $3.00 per person. If you see a sea turtle, call the TURTLE HOTLINE (956) 380-9677.
Andy Bowie Park
Located on the northern end of South Padre Island, this park provides beachfront picnic pavilions, concessions, children's playground, shower facilities, 18 full hook-up RV spaces, and a ranger station. Group rental facilities are also available with prior arrangement for beach parties. 761-3704
Edwin K. Atwood Park
Located 1.5 miles north of Andy Bowie Park on Park Road 100, this park offers a beachfront picnic pavilion, a concession, and a beach access road, which provides twenty miles of beach driving. 761-3704
Beach Recreation & Aquatic Sports
South Padre Island is a dream come true for those that love to play in the water or soar through the sky. There are several places on the Island to rent just about anything you can think of that will propel you through the water or allow you to soar with the birds. Jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, and hobby cats can be rented for as little as one-half hour to whatever your heart desires. Windsurfing and Kiteboarding are also popular water sports on the Island. There is also a wide array of opportunities to tour the Island by land or water. From amphibious vehicles to catamarans - pick your favorites and make a day of it. A romantic horseback ride on the beach at sunset is one of several great ways to end a perfect day in the tropics. Don't forget to try your hand at soaring like a bird by parasailing or ski diving. South Padre Island is the perfect spot to try those water sports that you have only seen on television or in books and always made the comment - I want to try that someday. Someday is here - South Padre Island.
Where can you go that you can fish all day and have the restaurant of your choice cook your catch to your specifications? Get ready to bend your pole along the surf, on the bay or on a deep sea fishing trip in the Gulf. There are approximately 600 different species, but the most commonly caught fish are the red or black drum, spotted sea trout and southern flounder in the bay, and tarpon, red snapper, king mackerel, amberjack and pompano in the gulf. Choose from over 60 different charter companies and personal guides to take you on the fishing trip of your life. For more information call (956) 761-4412.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Birding Center
Cutting through the tall marsh grass are two boardwalks made of recycled material. Each boardwalk ends in a blind that allows people to become an unobtrusive observer of a host of birds, fish, turtles, dragonflies, lizards, and an alligator or two. Located just off to the side of the South Padre Island Convention Centre, the trail starts at the Warbler Rest Area, a plot of ground seeded with flowers designed to attract the winged creatures on a year-round basis. Located 4 miles north of the Queen Isabella Causeway. For more information call 800-SO-PADRE.
The University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory
The Coastal Studies Laboratory studies and exhibits marine life such as crustaceans and marine vertebrates, and plant life. A satellite of the University of Texas Pan American, the lab is open to the public Sunday through Friday, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM The lab is also open for group tours, by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 1:30 PM Located in Isla Blanca Park, near the north pavilion, there is no charge to visit the lab, but there is a $4.00 per vehicle charge to enter the park. For additional information or to schedule a tour call