Ready to check some things off your bucket list while you’re on South Padre Island? With a variety of watersports and activities that are perfect for the thrill seeker, we’ve got you covered!
If jumping out of an airplane 11,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico and falling at 120mph toward the turquoise waters isn’t on your bucket list…it should be! Skydiving may seem like a crazy adrenaline-filled rush all on its own, but to do it over the water is next level. Once the chute is pulled, experience a five-o seven minute canopy flight soaring over the Gulf and taking in some of the most breathtaking views of South Padre Island.
Island Insider Tip: The Skydive SPI instructors wear GoPros, so they’ll capture those perfect “Insta-worthy” moments for you!
If you’re looking for a thrilling experience that’s not quite as intense as skydiving, take to the skies with a parasailing tour from one of several Island vendors. The breathtaking aerial views you’ll experience from 600 feet above the Laguna Madre Bay will surely make you fall in love with the Island (if you haven’t already).
With Island Adventure Park’s unique quick zipline transition system you will be able to zip around the zipline circuit as fast or slow as you want (and as many times as you want to!). Zippers start at the top tower to soar 500 feet across to the next platform, while the parallel ziplines allow groups or families to zip (race) together and simultaneously share the experience.
Got the need for speed? Catch a wave on a jetski tour and see the Island by water! Highlights of the various tours include riding under the Queen Isabella Causeway and into the “Fingers” of 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!
Looking for kid-friendly thrills?
Head to Gravity Park, an adventure and amusement park in the Entertainment District that includes a multi-level adult Go Kart track, children’s Go Karts, Mini-Golf, a trampoline, a climbing wall, and a Skycoaster (Swing) with a great view of the Island! There’s still something for the adrenaline junkie at Gravity Park — the tallest Reverse-Bungee in the world, The Rocket.
COMING SOON: Gravity Park will soon have an all new 63’ Ferris Wheel!
If shooting down a water slide is your thing, “slip” on over to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. The waterpark is designed with families in mind, so there really is something for everyone. The more adventurous in your cohort should try the water coasters Tempest and Storm Chaser, or plummet down the tube chute Pirate’s Plunge. There are 24 rides, the biggest Boogie Bahn Surfing Wave of any Schlitterbahn, and it’s all connected by a lazy river!
Island Insider Tip: For all the adults looking to decompress, head to the Palapa Swim-Up Bar and nab a cocktail.