Things to do Year round on South Padre Island, TX.
Attractions : Listed below are just a few things to do in South Padre
This 34 mile long stretch of white sand is
bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and
to the west by the Laguna Madre bay. The
conveniences and attractions of a modern resort
coupled with miles of pristine island terrain is
what draws thousands of visitors to the area
each year, and has brought many back to live.
The natural beauty of its beaches, its vibrant business climate and the friendly people that call the Island home matches South Padre’s rich history. The white, sandy beaches of South Padre are known throughout the United States (ranked as one of America’s top 10 beaches), with the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico serving as the perfect backdrop for spectacular sunsets. From sunrise to sunset, the Island is the perfect playground for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, dolphin watching, horseback riding, shopping and golf, just to mention a few. As the day winds down with spectacular sunsets over the bay, the evenings come alive with dining, dancing and music. Large selections of fine restaurants are available for your choosing, and many will even cook your catch. Welcome to the Tropical Tip of 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, $2.00 per person. If you see a sea turtle, call the TURTLE HOTLINE (956) 380-9677.
This South Padre Island World Birding and Nature Center web site including a real live streaming web cam that offers a video tour of the walkways and general areas of the center in South Padre Island is meant to be a companion site to the official web site. For up to date and the very latest info please visit www.spibirding.com .
Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex
The Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex, located at 421 Queen Isabella Blvd., is home to the newly renovated Point Isabel Lighthouse and the Keeper's Cottage. In 1852, Congress approved the construction of a beacon in the Laguna Madre to support the growing ship industry of the South Texas Coast. The Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago and the barrier islands. During the Civil War, the light was closed and the tower was used as a lookout for both the Confederate and Union armies. The lighthouse was lit again after the war. In 1880, the lighthouse was renovated to accommodate a new light system. The lighthouse was officially closed in 1905. In 1952, the lighthouse was opened as a state park and is the only lighthouse on the Texas coast to be opened to the public. A replica of the Keeper's Cottage houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, historic displays, and tourist information. The Lighthouse Complex is open daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call (956) 943-2262.
Port Isabel Historical Museum and Lighthouse
The Port Isabel Historical Museum located at 317 E. Railroad, housed in the historic Champion Building, built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, is one of the oldest structures in Port Isabel. Today, the Museum is a state-of-the-art facility that houses numerous hands on exhibits, audio presentations and videos that commemorate the colorful history of the Port Isabel area, the stage of some of the most important chapters of Texas, Mexican and American History. The museum has two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S. Mexican War. On the south end of the building is the famous "fish mural" painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The Port Isabel Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 PM Call (956) 943-7602 for more information and current admission prices.
Isla Blanca Park: On the southernmost tip of
South Padre Island, this park is the crown jewel
of the Cameron County Park System. Over one mile
of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico
offers abundant beachfront recreational
facilities. Enjoy our picnic and playground
areas, the south fishing jetty, restaurants,
clubs, University of Texas Pan American
exhibits, and the Chapel By The Sea
non-denominational church. There is also a
full-marina with daily charters, a water park,
retail shops and a boat ramp. With nearly 600
R.V. spaces, Isla Blanca is not only one of the
biggest parks in Texas, but also the best. For
more information call (956) 761-5493.
|As you come across the Queen Isabel Causeway this sign welcome you to the island, and is a must do for most of our visitor and local. Stop and take a photo with the South Padre Island Sign, and don't forget to post them on our Facebook page.|
South Padre Island's VERY FIRST Farmer's Market is OPEN!!!
Operation is every Sunday from 11am-1pm located North of the "Island" at the Shores 8605 Padre Blvd. Find the freshest produce, eggs & seafood!! Can Foods, Music, and the best fresh fruits and vegetables, the valley is know for it produce and fresh seafood.
The University of Texas Pan American Coastal
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
|South Padre Island is the Sand Castle Capital of the Universe! You can come any time of year and see great sand sculpture - both completed pieces and works in progress. Our freshly-updated map has little pins stuck in it where you can see fabulous works of art right now. These sculptures are made of sand and water and thus vulnerable to time and weather, but we strive to keep them (and this site) updated and fresh -- and hope to be adding new pins in the very near future. If you are lucky, you may even see a local sand artist at work. Now Booking Sand Castle Trail Bicycle Tours conducted by sandy feet herself. Our partnership with Beach Bikes on Padre is enabling us to offer winter visitors a lot of fun for very little $ -- click here for details!|
SpaceX, the commercial launch site to be
constructed at Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville.
This is our further, SpaceX is just the began of
space tourism, it all starts with the launch,
look for Boca Chica Beach, this is the home of
SpaceX. More coming soon.....
All South Padre Live Webcam will be about to see each launch day or night.
This is going to be fun.
SpaceX Watch Parties: info coming soon
Cristo de los Pescadores
El Cristo de los Pescadores memorial translates to "Christ of the Fishermen" is located on south end of the Island at the Isla Blanca Park.
The memorial was donated to the Brownsville-Port Isabel Shrimp Producers Association by the De la Lastra Family in memory of Gustavo De la Lastra and Jose Edwardo De la Lastra. Around the base of the statue of Jesus is an inscription that reads "Father! Receive the souls of these brave fishermen who have sailed through this pass and never returned."
South Padre Island Convention and Visitors
Built in 1992, this modern, airy, and colorful building located four miles north of the Queen Isabella causeway was created to host a wide variety of events. Primary facilities include 22,500 square feet of column free exhibit space, 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms, a conference theater for 300, and a gorgeous view of the Laguna Madre Bay. This is the site of spectacular sunsets, a wide stretch of sand flats, (which allows vehicular access to the bay) and miles of undeveloped coast. Visitors have access across the nearby marsh grass by taking the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a boardwalk system that allows nature lovers to watch birds and to spot our resident alligator family. (See nature tourism)
Another stunningly beautiful site to see at the Convention Centre is the famous "Whaling Wall #53" by acclaimed environmental artist Wyland. Wyland wanted to show homage to whales and other creatures of the sea by devoting his talent to painting 100 walls across the world. His "Whaling Walls" serve as a perfect way to capture the grandeur of his subjects since drawing giant whales on small canvases became extremely limiting. The walls of the South Padre Island Convention Centre provided the 53rd life size canvas for the Wyland project. Spanning 153 feet in length, covering 3 walls and 23 feet in height, it took over 111 gallons of paint, 100 volunteers, and nearly four days to complete. Over 2000 Valley school children plus hundreds of other spectators were allowed to watch Wyland work throughout the week. The wall was at no cost to the town and state. Wyland donated his time and artwork, while local residents, private sponsors, and public organizations donated the paint, scaffolding, air guns, and lighting. This community involvement paved the way for "Whaling Wall #53" to be not only the first of its kind in Texas, but along the entire Gulf Coast.
The South Padre Island Convention Centre is a top-rated venue to book a meeting, convention, concert or special event.
Drive on Beach - North of the city on Hwy 100
South Padre Island is one on the top destinations in
Texas for vacations due to beautiful beaches, tall sand
and warm Gulf waters. Some of South Padre Island's attractions are the gorgeous beach, saltwater deep sea and bay
fishing, Gulf shrimp, fresh fish and seafood served at most Island restaurants, eco-tourism and numerous water sports.
Nearby cities are Brownsville and Harlingen, TX. Matamoros and Progresso, Tamps. Mexico is also only minutes away.
While its many amenities make South Padre the
premiere vacation spot in the state, the location of the
Island also makes it one of the premiere spots in the
state to observe wildlife in its natural state, and to
find that allusive bird to add to your list. One of the
best spots in the United States to see all of the
regularly occurring rails, South Padre has over 300
recorded species to date, and the list continues to
grow, as do the bird watchers.
With year round moderate temperatures, South Padre is the ideal vacation spot for everyone. Whether you are a family looking for a week long get away, a winter visitor looking for a warm spot during the cold months in the northern states, or a college student looking for the best spot to relax during Spring
|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.|