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Nature Tourism

Explore it all!

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When it comes to exploring above and below sea level, South Padre Island offers thousands of species to captivate nature tourists and voyagers in either direction.

Go snorkeling and diving just off the shore where you may discover shipwrecks, coral reefs, and sea creatures, or swim amongst 1,400 other kinds of fish. If you’re looking for more views of exotic marine life, don’t forget the calm waters and mild temperatures here are great for casting a line and all water sports in general. Try kiteboarding, surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking when you visit thanks to nearly 365 days of ideal weather.

While on land, travelers can wander along miles of unspoiled beaches and trails, rent bikes, or mount a horse for an easy stroll along the coast. Contact us anytime for more ideas or help planning your next SPI natural experience.

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Top Places to Visit

  • South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center

    If you ever wanted to be a dolphin trainer but missed your chance, this is for you. Hear trainers share their stories as you play with dolphins. You’ll learn all about marine life on your personalized boat tour.

    110 N Garcia St,
    Port Isabel, TX 78578
  • Sea Turtle, Inc.

    Get to know some of the worlds friendliest reptiles at Sea turtle, Inc. Advocates here help visitors learn about wildlife rescue efforts and conservation methods that help protect turtles of the region

    6617 Padre Blvd.,
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • South Padre Island Convention Centre

    When your event calls for time in nature with all of the luxuries of indoors, reserve a stay at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Spaces with a view, expert staff, and upscale amenities make events a breeze.

    3555 Padre Blvd,
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • The Sand Dunes of South Padre Island

    When you’re on the world’s largest barrier island you have miles of sandy dunes with a variety of transportation options.

    Find your secluded dune by way of horseback, 4-wheel drive, sled, a piece of cardboard, or plain old fashioned walking. All are highly recommended.

  • South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

    While at the peaceful oasis you can choose between birds’ eye views of rare wildlife and those of the Island skyline. Relax with a documentary of take a boardwalk stroll, just make sure you’re not in a rush.

    6801 Padre Blvd.,
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail

    One of the best ways to experience South Padre Island is to head along the Laguna Madre Trail.

    It stretches from the South Padre Island Convention Centre to the wetlands, creating a popular path for seeing animals in their natural habitat. Bring binoculars for hidden surprises.