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Scenic Sightings: SPI Tours & Excursions Overview

Vivian Farmer
April 23, 2018

One of the best ways to get to know South Padre Island is with a tour. By land, by sea, and even by air, there are many ways to explore and discover our beautiful Island. We dare you not to fall in love!!!

By Land

If you’re looking for something where you’ll stay dry and still get to see part of what makes South Padre Island special, a Segway tour may be just the thing! SegValley Tours runs the gamut from sightseeing to playing around on the Segway in the sand. Part of the tour features our famous Sandcastle Trail, which is located at various spots throughout the Island.

The South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center offers Daily Guided Bird Walks, which are perfect for visitors who want to see the different species of birds that call the Island home for most or part of the year. Enjoy the view from the observatory deck and take a stroll on the boardwalks that stretch out onto the Laguna Madre. You may even see an alligator!

By Sea

Avast ye landlubbers and heave ho to the Black Dragon for swashbuckling fun and fireworks!!! This interactive tour is completely themed around swashbuckling pirates and is perfect for kids.

Do you have fisher(wo)men in the family? There are a number of charters that will guide you on your fishing adventure. The only question you have to answer is Bay Fishing or Deep Sea Fishing?

Eh Brah, SUP? You can SUP (standup paddle board) your way along the Laguna Madre with an instructor/guide no matter what your experience level — you can even bring your dog!

Got the need for speed? Catch a wave on a 1.5 Hr. Jetski Water Tour and see the entire Island by water! You’ll ride under the causeway past million dollar houses and yachts and into the Fingers in Port Isabel, where you’ll see the commercial shrimping industry, the spooky haunted ship, and other secret spots. BONUS: You get to go to Dolphin Cove and see the dolphins play in their Laguna Madre home!

Want to get up close and personal with your favorite sea creatures? Take to the waters on Captain Murphy’s Eco Tour and Dolphin Watch! The crew will drag a specialized net and bring sea life onboard for you to see before safely returning them to their habitat. This hands-on eco-tour will be fun for the whole family (and educational too!).

If you’re looking for a more relaxing and/or romantic experience, the Southern Wave catamaran is a great way to explore the waters around the Island in leisure. Enjoy a dinner cruise, a sunset/fireworks cruise, a moonlight cruise, or charter a boat for a private party.

By Air

Take to the skies and see South Padre Island from 600 feet above the the Laguna Madre Bay with a Breakaway Cruises parasailing tour. The breathtaking aerial views of the sandy beaches and emerald blue waters will surely make you fall in love with the Island (if you haven’t already).

Looking to shake things up? Maybe it’s time to cross skydiving off your bucket list! Both Skydive RGV & Skydive South Padre offer you an adrenaline pumping way to see the Island and get a thrill at the same time!

 By South Padre Island Skydiving. 

However you’d prefer to explore the Island, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from. Get out there and explore!!!