Education Nature Tours

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Daily Guided Bird Walks

One of nine World Birding Center sites in the lower Rio Grande Valley, the Nature Center provides one-of-a-kind birding opportunities, coupled with interpretive tours on site. Visitors will learn about birds on the Island, as well as the diversity of fish, dolphins, plants and more.

 spibirding.com
 956.761.6801

Captain Murphy’s/Isla Tour
Isla Tours’ Eco Tour and Dolphin Watch

Visitors will enjoy a 90-minute dolphin watch and eco tour aboard Murphy’s Law. The crew nets sea life from the ocean floor and brings it aboard for an interactive presentation. The excursion also gives visitors a chance to view the diversity of local and migratory birds.

 islatours.com
 Fishing Trips 956.761.2764
 Isla Tours 956.761.4752

The Original Dolphin Watch
Dolphin Watch and Ecology Tour

This exciting, interactive tour begins with the crew of the Double Sunshine netting live specimens of marine life. The animals are then transported into a living, saltwater laboratory where visitors can experience an up-close presentation given by one of the crew. Once the sea life is safely returned to the water, the Double Sunshine continues the excursion, following dolphin pods along the Devil’s Elbow.

 theoriginaldolphinwatch.net
 956.761.4243

Fins 2 Feathers
Dolphin & Birding Tours

Captain Scarlet Colley, a renowned “dolphin whisperer,” offers tours to view the area’s many dolphins up close. The tour is perfect for birders, photographers, and nature enthusiasts who want to get up close with the abundant and
diverse bird life.

 fin2feather.com
 956.299.0629

Native Plant Center
The Native Plant Center & Island Arboretum is an outdoor garden featuring native plant exhibits and bedding communities unique to South Padre Island.

 facebook.com/nativeplantcenter
703.434.1444

Sea Turtle Inc.
Turtle Talks

The primary mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. is to educate the general public about the Island’s endangered sea turtles and their marine environments. Visitors can participate in a “Turtle Talk,” which are given multiple times a day. They can also visit the turtles that are being rehabilitated here for return to the wild. Sea Turtle, Inc. also offers school field trips, which include an interactive presentation and a tour of the facility.

 seaturtleinc.org
 956.761.6801

Osprey Cruises
Sea Life Safari

This sightseeing tour gives visitors a close look at dolphins and other local marine life. The tour, which guarantees dolphin sightings during daylight, includes an eco tour, a history of the local area and its geology, bird watching, and close observation of living sea life.

 ospreycruises.com
 956.761.6655 or 956.943.6283

Breakaway Cruises
Dolphin Watch and Eco Cruise

This enjoyable and informative two-hour cruise gives visitors the chance to see some of the area’s abundant Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Visitors will also experience exceptional bird watching and abundant sea life, carefully brought up from the depths for up close viewing and education.

 breakawaycruises.com
 956.761.2212

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center
Touch Tanks & Aquariums

The Sea Life Marine Center offers visitors a unique encounter with many of the fascinating marine animals that are native to the area. Several aquariums showcase live fish, starfish, crabs, octopi, snails and more. Touch tanks allow visitors an exciting, hands-on experience. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers are always available to answer any questions.

 spisealife.org
956-299-1957