South Padre Island, Texas
Apart from baking in the sand of our fine sandy beaches, or dozing in a hammock in the shade, South Padre Island offers excellent opportunity for discovery and adventure, either by swimming, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing or simply touring by boat. South Padre Island boasts the perfect climate all year round for all your activity needs. A whole menu of complimentary fun activities below are available year round at South Padre Island.
One of the top 10 zoos in the nation. The zoo is a 31 acre preserve with more than 1,800 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Ringgold and Sixth Streets, Brownsville, 956-546-7187
4 miles north of the Island. Picnic Pavilions, children's play ground. 956-761-2639
Early shows on rainy days. 4700 Padre Blvd, 956-761-7828
Air Force/Rio Grande Wing
Historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia located at Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. 955 Minnesota, Brownsville, 956-541-8585
Equestrian Center - Horse and Pony Rides on the beach.
Guides and instruction available. Andy Bowie County Park, 956-761-4677 1-800-761-4677
Open daily 8 a.m. to dark.
A 45,000 acre federal preserve for wildlife and bird watching on mainland. 956-748-3608
Open daily: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Madre Nature Walk
The Laguna Madre Nature Walk is a 1500-ft. boardwalk that overlooks four acres of wetlands near the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Visitors can observe many species of birds and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Located on South Padre Island. Laguna Station offers a variety of exciting aquatics adventures to Boy Scout Troops and Co-ed Explorer Posts. Fishing, sailing, SCUBA and adventures round out the opportunities. Laguna Station also offers off-season camping and programs to church youth groups and other groups.
Bargain shopping for silver, leather goods, and handicrafts at vibrant Mexican markets. Traditional dining, museums. Thirty minutes southwest of the Island. Escorted tours available.
Isabel Historuic Museum
Opening in the famous "Champion Building" in the Spring of 1997, museum exhibits include visitor-friendly, push-button displays; audiovisual film interactive; and professionally crafted and lighted cases containing original artifacts, rare documents, and vintage photographs featuring all facets of the area's rich history.
Isabel Light House
1853 era lighthouse with panoramic views of the Laguna Madre Bay. Open daily 10-11:30 a.m., 1-5 p.m.
Home of the "Turtle Lady," Ila Loetscher. Shows featuring endangered sea turtles. 5805 Gulf Blvd.
of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory
Aquarium and extensive shell collection. Isla Blanca Park.956-761-2644.