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There is no better way to end your day than by watching fireworks reflect off of the ocean. Every Friday and Saturday from April through October at 9:15 p.m. South Padre Island celebrates the weekend with a dazzling fireworks display. There are plenty of great places to watch and be wowed.

Beach Side Firework Locations

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Clayton’s Beach Bar

Know before you go:

  • This bar boasts being “the biggest beach bar in Texas.” There’s a limited food menu but plenty of drink options. The bar has a view of the fireworks as well as live music on the weekends.

 

Family Friendly:

  • The bar scene at Clayton’s may not be appropriate for young children. Children are welcome at Clayton’s up until the firework show ends then the nightlife goes into full swing.

 

Associated Costs:

  • To sit at the bar and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink or some food. Being a beach bar, the food and drinks are not cheap but you can choose how much or little you want to spend.

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Hilton Garden Inn

Know before you go:

  • The Hilton puts on the firework show that everyone enjoys. Arguably the best viewing area on the island is from the beach outside of the Hilton. You do not have to be a guest at the Hilton to view the fireworks and you can park in their parking lot for free.  

 

Family friendly:

  • All ages can view fireworks at the Hilton.

 

Associated costs:

  • There is no cost to view fireworks from the Hilton’s beach deck. Simply park in the Hilton’s parking lot and find a good spot on the beach.

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La Quinta

Know before you go:

  • Right next door to the Hilton Garden Inn, La Quinta has great views of the firework show that the Hilton puts on every weekend. You do not have to be a guest at La Quinta to view the fireworks and you can park in their parking lot for free.  

 

Family friendly:

  • All ages can view fireworks at La Quinta.

 

Associated costs:

  • There is no cost to view fireworks from La Quinta’s beach deck. Simply park in La Quinta’s parking lot and find a good spot on the beach.

Bayside Firework Locations

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Louie’s Backyard

Know before you go:

  • Louie’s Backyard is a large establishment locate right on the water. Large colorful decks provide plenty of seating and views of the bay. The menu features their “famous seafood buffet” with plenty of surf and turf choices.

 

Family friendly:  

  • All ages can view fireworks at Louie’s Backyard.

 

Associated costs:

  • To view the firework show from Louie’s Backyard’s deck, you will have to buy a plate of food per person. Louie’s does not allow split plates and all prices for seafood are market price. This is not the place to go if you’re trying to watch the fireworks on the cheap but for seafood and a show, it’s perfect.

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Tequila Sunset

Know before you go

  • Tequila Sunset is a bar that extends to the bayside waters. Tequila Sunset opens around 4 in the evening and offers live music and drinks. After the firework show, the venue turns into a hub for nightlife.   

 

Family friendly

  • The bar scene at Tequila Sunset may not be appropriate for young children. Children are welcome at Tequila Sunset up until the firework show ends then the nightlife goes into full swing.

 

Associated costs

  • To sit at the bar and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink.

Laguna Bob’s

Know before you go

  • Laguna Bob’s is a relatively small establishment that serves up casual food and drinks. Their long deck follows the bay and offers great views of the sunset. Laguna Bob’s usually has live music every evening of the week, you can check their website to see who’s slated to play next.  

 

Family friendly

  • Laguna Bob’s is a great, laidback spot for the entire family to watch the firework show although after the show Laguna Bob’s becomes adult only.

 

Associated costs

  • To sit on the deck and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink or some food. Being a beach bar, the food and drinks are not cheap but you can choose how much or little you want to spend.

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Coconuts Bar and Grill

Know before you go

  • Coconuts Bar and Grill is a large restaurant and marina. There is ample seating and a menu that is larger than most of the other bars. There should be something yummy for everyone to eat.

 

Family friendly

  • Coconuts Bar and Grill is a good spot for the entire family to view the fireworks.

 

Associated Cost

  • To sit on the deck and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink or some food. Being a beach bar, the food and drinks are not cheap but you can choose how much or little you want to spend.

The Painted Marlin Grille

Know before you go

  • The Painted Marlin Grille is a new restaurant specializing in simply prepared seafood. The building is new and has deck seating. The menu focuses on seafood but has kids options and food for land lovers as well.    

 

Family friendly

  • All ages can view the firework show at The Painted Marlin Grille.

 

Associated costs

  • To sit on the deck and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink or some food. Being a beach bar, the food and drinks are not cheap but you can choose how much or little you want to spend.

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Palm St. Pier Bar and Grill

Know before you go

  • This restaurant is laid back and features “Texas-sized nachos.” Their menu is fairly large and includes a kid’s section. On weekends, there is live music and the firework show can been seen from their deck.  

 

Family friendly

  • All ages can view the firework show at Palm St. Pier Bar and Grill. After the fireworks, Palm St. Pier becomes a bar and is for adults only.  

 

Associated Costs

  • To sit on the deck and enjoy the show, you will have to buy a drink or some food. Being a beach bar, the food and drinks are not cheap but you can choose how much or little you want to spend.

Watch the Fireworks By Boat

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Southern Wave

Know before you go

  • Southern Wave is a catamaran charter company that offers a variety of charter choices. All trips include lounging nets, a bathroom on board, radio, a gas BBQ grill and snorkeling gear. Water and soda are also included but you must bring other beverages you want. The firework cruise lasts for 2 hours and includes a buffet-style meal and live music. The Firework cruise leaves the dock about an hour before sunset and stays on the bay for the entire firework show. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before departure and book early– the firework cruises for June and July are usually filled up by the beginning of June!    

 

Family friendly

  • Southern Wave’s firework cruise is for all ages. There is a bathroom on board, buffet-style food and soda and water.

 

Associated cost

  • Tickets cost:
    • $59 per adult or $55 per adult if you buy your ticket online
    • $45 per child ages 4-10
    • $20 per child 3 and younger  

Osprey Cruises

Know before you go

  • Osprey Cruises has several different boats and themed adventures to go on. Osprey Cruises takes participants out on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship to view the firework show. A cannon is fired before take-off and the crew is all in character as pirates. There are snacks and drinks on board but they cost extra. The entire trip is pirate themed and includes water pistol battles, face painting, pirate stories and treasure hunts. The firework cruise is on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30-9:45 p.m. Make sure to arrive a half hour early for check in.

 

Family friendly

  • This cruise is for all ages but is definitely geared towards children.

 

Associated costs

  • Tickets cost:
    • $53 per adult
    • $38 per child 11 and younger

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Captain Murphy’s Isla Tours

Know before you go

  • Captain Murphy’s has dolphin tours, fishing trips and private cruises. Their firework cruise includes dolphin watching, sunset viewing and a party atmosphere complete with a DJ and dance floor. You can bring your own ice chest with drinks and snacks– just no glass. The tour lasts for 2 and half hours and starts at 7:30p.m.

 

Family friendly

  • Captain Murphy’s does not have age restrictions however the tour has a party atmosphere and may be inappropriate for children.  

 

Associated cost

  • Tickets are a flat rate of $25 per person. On Memorial Day and the 4th of July, tickets are a flat rate of $30 per person.