South Padre Island attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in South Padre Island

Sea Turtle, Inc

No, you can't handle the sea turtles. But you can see rescued turtles and learn firsthand about the slow rebirth of critically endangered Kemp's ridley turtle populations. The center serves as a hospital for injured…
Nature Reserve in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

Part of the World Birding Center, this 50-acre nature preserve has boardwalks through the dunes, bird blinds, spotting towers and much more. Learn the differences between a dune meadow, a salt marsh and an intertida…
Beach in South Padre Island

Andy Bowie County Park

Across from (SPI) Convention Center, this pleasant beach park is surrounded by condo and hotel developments. It has a shaded picnic building with views and real toilets and is 5.5 miles north of Isla Blanca. Beach A…
Beach in South Padre Island

North End

Padre Blvd ends 12 miles north of Isla Blanca. North of here there's 20 miles of empty sand and dunes all the way to Port Mansfield Pass. Nude sunbathers, anglers, bird-watchers and other outdoorsy types can find a …
Aquarium in South Padre Island

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Coastal Studies Laboratory

This small working lab is open for self-guided tours of its small fish tanks and various wall displays. If you can get past its meager utilitarian charms, you'll find lots of information about local marine life. Ent…
Beach in South Padre Island

Edwin King Atwood County Park

Two miles north of Bowie, signed as Beach Access 5, Atwood sports towering sand dunes backing the beach. This is a beautiful, unspoiled area with nothing but long views of the horizon and a couple of toilets. Keep a…
Beach in South Padre Island

Isla Blanca County Park

Just south of the causeway, this county park is the most popular beach on SPI thanks to various concessions and facilities.