Enjoy South Padre Island Activities
Apart from baking in the sand of our fine sandy beaches, or dozing in a hammock in the shade, South Padre Island offers excellent opportunities for discovery and adventure, either by swimming, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing or simply touring by boat. South Padre Island boasts the perfect climate all year round for all your activity needs, and no matter how many times you visit, we promise the variety of South Padre Island activities that you and your family or guests can enjoy is nearly endless.
Top South Padre Island Activities:
A whole menu of complimentary fun activities below are available year round at South Padre Island. Looking for dining suggestions? Need suggestions for the best activities with young children, or to plan a romantic getaway? Let us help! Call or e-mail us today to start planning a great getaway to Padre Island.
List of Local Activities
GALADYS PORTER ZOO
|One of the top 10 zoos in the nation.|
The zoo is a 31 acre preserve with more than 1,800 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Ringgold and Sixth Streets,
from 9 a.m. to sundown.
|If you are staying on South Padre Island, or in Port Isabel, whether you are Presbryterian, Catholic, Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Assembly of God, Baptist, non denominational, or an other Christian religion we are sure you will find a church that will welcome you. Come join us here on Sunday– You can hitdress codes. the beaches and go fishing after church services.|
ISLA BLANCA PARK
|RV camping, 2 picnic pavilions, jetty fishing. Sea Ranch Marina. 956-761-5493||Day use tee: per vehicle $5|
ANDY BOWIE PARK
|4 miles north of the Island. Picnic Pavilions, children’s play ground. 956-761-2639||Day use fee per vehicle $5|
ISLAND CINEMA 4
|Early shows on rainy days.|
4700 Padre Blvd.
CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE/RIO GRANDE WING
|Historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia located at Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport.|
955 Minnesota, Brownsville
|Open daily: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m|
12 years and under free with adults
ISLAND EQUESTRIAN CENTER
|Horse and pony rides on the beach. Guides and instruction available.|
Andy Bowie County Park,
|Open daily 8 a.m. to dark.|
LAGUNA ATASCOSA REFUGE
|A 45,000 acre federal preserve for wildlife and bird watching on mainland.|
|Open daily: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
$4 per vehicle
LAGUNA MADRE NATURE WALK
|The Laguna Madre Nature Walk is a 1500-ft. boardwalk that overlooks four acres of wetlands near the South Padre Island Convention Centre.|
Visitors can observe many species of birds and wildlife in their natural habitat.
|Located on South Padre Island, Laguna Station offers a variety of exciting aquatics adventures to Boy Scout Troops and Co-ed Explorer Posts. Fishing, sailing, SCUBA and adventures round out the opportunities.|
Laguna Station also offers off-season camping and programs to church youth groups and other groups.
|For more information, please call Glenn Harrison, director of Laguna Station, at (956)423-0250,|
or write: Laguna Station, Rio Grande Council, 1301 S. 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550.
|Bargain shopping for silver, leather goods, and handicrafts at vibrant Mexican markets. Traditional dining, museums. Thirty minutes southwest of the Island.||Escorted tours available.|
PORT ISABEL HISTORIC MUSEUM
|Opening in the famous “Champion Building” in the Spring of 1997, museum exhibits include visitor-friendly, push-button displays; audiovisual film interactive; and professionally crafted and lighted cases containing original artifacts, rare documents, and vintage photographs featuring all facets of the area’s rich history.|
PORT ISABEL LIGHT HOUSE
|1853 era lighthouse with panoramic views of the Laguna Madre Bay.||Open daily 10-11:30 a.m., 1-5 p.m. Adults-$1, Children-50 cents,|
|Internationally-known environmental artist Wyland picked South Padre Island to paint Whaling Wall #53, his only wall in Texas. Wyland is planning to paint 100 walls during his career to educate people on the importance of marine conservation.|
SEA TURTLE INC
|Home of the “Turtle Lady,” Ila Loetscher. Shows featuring endangered sea turtles.|
5805 Gulf Blvd.
|Tuesdays and Saturdays|
$2 Donation required.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PAN AMERICAN COASTAL STUDIES LABORATORY
|Aquarium and extensive shell collection.|
Isla Blanca Park.956-761-2644.
|Open Sun-Fri 1:30-4:30 p.m.|