912 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-9020
Fax: (956) 772-9022
This is a waterpark where you could truly spend a whole day - or week! Brimming with warm weather attractions, little children, young adults, and parents can all find something to keep them occupied. For the thrill seekers, try Boogie Bahn- a place to surf. The Gale Force, Blackbeard's Twister and Lafitte's Cyclone are all uphill water coasters designed to make your heart pound. For those looking for slightly tamer attractions, the Lily Pad has the quintessential raining mushroom and a slide down a frog. Beaches and bars also come standard at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Check website for park schedule.
Want to relax by the beach as you take in the warmth of the Texan sun? Head to this exotic island and leave all your worries behind. South Padre Island promises a rejuvenating sojourn to the tired urban soul. Head to this tropical haven for a fun time out as you vacation in sunlit landscapes. A shoppers paradise, find quaint jewelry, colorful clothing and eye catching beachwear at one of the beachside stores. The island also attracts a hoard of party animals from time to time, thanks to its reputation as a nightlife destination. Go fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, golfing or take an eco-friendly tour of the fauna rich island. Sample coastal Texan cuisine or simply enjoy the cool blue waters, either way you're sure to have a gala time.
Located on the Texan coast and is open to the public, the lighthouse at Port Isabel was constructed in 1852 at the request of sailors who had trouble navigating the shoreline. The viewing area of the lighthouse is 50 feet (15 meters) above ground affording beautiful views of the area and South Padre Island. The surrounding park also has beautiful grass and picnic tables as well as the headquarters of the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce in a replica of the lighthouse keeper's cottage. Check the website before visiting.
Port Isabel Lighthouse is a small historic landmark at the very Southern tip of Texas. Built to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass and into Port Isabel, the lighthouse dates back to 1852 when the city was a prominent cotton export port. During the Civil War, both sides occupied the lighthouse as a lookout point. Today, it is open to the public as a museum.
As the world's longest barrier island, South Padre Island is a welcome sight for flying birds. Located on 50 acres (20.23 hectares), the reserve is home or plays host to a variety of different birds, many of which are rare. There is a visitors center and boardwalk with informative displays to educate visitors. The trails are free and open to the public every day of the year.
If you have ever seen a large mural on the side of a building, chances are it was done by Wyland, a man who has devoted himself to painted 100 walls featuring whales over the course of his lifetime. Aimed at highlighting the importance of marine life, the Whaling Wall on South Padre Island is the only one in Texas. This is his 53rd mural on the subject, specifically depicts orca whales and is beloved by the locals.
Palmito Ranch Battlefield is one of the most important sites within the history of the Civil War, located across a large chunk of windy, marshy prairie in the very south of Texas. This site hosted the final major battle of the Civil War, started by a spontaneous assault by a Union general in the midst of a peace treaty. After the conflict, General Edmund Kirby officially surrendered his confederate troops, and America's bloodiest conflict finally came to an end.
Located in the Northern stretch of the South Padre Island National Seashore, the UFO Beach is a nude beach that is known for its golden sands and beach parties. A hard-to-miss buoy, decorated in lurid colors and shingles demarcates this area. The shallow beach is a great spot for sun-bathing.
With over 65,000 acres of land (263 square kilometers), the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge provides a safe haven for much of the flora and fauna of the southern Texas area. The park is open to visitors from dawn until dusk, and in fact it is at the very beginning and end of the day which is the best time for seeing large animals. A number of birds also make their home in the park. In terms of human activity, hiking, biking, and driving through the park are all permitted, as is fishing and hunting white-tailed deer when the appropriate rules are followed. Experience nature as it was meant to be seen at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
The Palo Alto Battlefield is where the first battle of the Mexican-American War took place on May 8, 1846. At the site are exhibits and an orientation video to better understand the causes and consequences of the war between these two great nations. From the parking lot to the overlook of the battlefield is a walk of about a half mile (0.8 kilometers), although those with special needs may use a separate road. Activities occur throughout the year, check the website for details.
Acres of beautiful landscape characterizes the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the one of the few places in the United States with a diverse ecosystem, very different from most forests in the country. Besides the beautiful Sabal palms, birds, butterflies, and other creatures abound through the miles of trails. For larger groups, tours can be scheduled to make the most out of your visit to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary.
At 31 acres (.13 square kilometers), the Gladys Porter Zoo has a variety of animals to watch and learn about the animal world. Animals such as tortoises, flamingos, wallabies, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, and rhinoceroses are all residents. For those who like reptiles and fish, there is a herpetarium and an aquatic portion of the zoo. There is an area to feed birds, and along with animals, there is a variety of plant life to help simulate different areas around the zoo.