Things to Do in South Padre Island Texas

Things to Do in South Padre Island Texas
With over 110 miles of white beaches leading to warm gulf coast waters, South Padre Island on the southeastern coast of Texas has become a popular tourist destination. But the island is also a great place for exploring nature with its wildlife, beautiful scenery and hiking trails as well as all types of recreational activities.

Laguna Madre Nature Trail

Known by South Padre locals as the bird boardwalk, the Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a great place for those who enjoy birdwatching and learning about different species of wildlife. From the nature trail, you can see everything from oystercatchers to yellowbilled loons, the brown booby, yellow rail and even a white-morph reddish egret. You will also see spoonbills, white pelicans, several types of ducks, gulls and peregrine falcons. The marshes and wetlands of Laguna Madre provide the perfect habitat for many interesting birds, but it also has several varieties of interesting plants, trees and foliage, as well as other types of animals. With over 45,000 acres of federally protected land, the Laguna Madre Nature Trail is the right place for any nature lover to enjoy a day of exploration.

Laguna Madre Nature Trail
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-4412
spichamber.com/visitorguide/nature.php

Dolphin Watching Tour

Enjoy your day by watching some beautiful and interesting animals on a dolphin watching tour. Led by the Original Dolphin Watch, these tours provide you with the opportunity to see many bottlenose, spinner and other types of dolphins. The South Padre Island area is a home to large groups of these amazing animals, and tours are given daily from the Sea Ranch Marina. The tour takes place aboard a 60-foot cruise boat and includes information about the dolphins both in a video presentation and personal history and information from your tour guide. There are also refreshments. Discounts prices are available for booking online, and you can also book a sunset cruise or an ecological tour.

Original Dolphin Watch
33256 Park Road 100
Suite 104
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-4243
theoriginaldolphinwatch.com/

Windsurfing/Kite Boarding

Challenge yourself with the thrill of windsurfing or kite boarding with Windsurf Inc. Experience the freedom of surfing across the waters of South Padre Bay, being propelled by the wind as you maneuver the sail, giving you the adventure of surfing and sailing in one. For an extra challenge, try kiteboarding in Holly Beach as you jump and ride across the waves. Windsurf Inc. offers lessons for those who want to learn either sport and has all the equipment you need available in their shop. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will enjoy the excitement and fun of flying across the open water while having the support of experienced trainers alongside to help you develop your skills.

Windsurfing/Kite Boarding
224 Carolyn St.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(800) 880-JIBE
windsurfinc.com/

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Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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