South Padre is located due south of North Padre island. With activities such as the beaches, boating, fishing, surfing and diving, South Padre is truly for the water enthusiast. If you are not interested in getting wet, your available activities there will be limited. South Padre was once a fishing village; now it is ranked as the one of the top beach destinations in the United States. Here are some popular attractions in this part of Padre Island.
The Sea Turtles Inc. was founded to protect all species of marine turtles. If you’re interested in seeing the turtles up close, this is the place to visit. Also, dont miss your chance to see the turtles each spring as they are released back to the wild.
Isla Blanca Park
Isla Blanca Park is located on the southern side of South Padre Island and is home to some of the best beaches, fishing spots and boating facilities in the area. In addition, you will find various lodging and dining options too. If you are in the city, pay Isla Blanca a visit.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
it is said the best way to experience South Padre is to take a stroll along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail. This is a boardwalk that goes from the South Padre Island Convention Center to the Laguna Madre wetlands. For the bird watcher, is is a great spot to observe more than 300 species of birds, making this a great place to see nature at its finest. If you are in South Padre, dont forget to take a stroll.
Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center
If you plan to visit the Sea Turtles attraction, its only right to vist the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center too. Come face to face with more of South Padre’s marine animals. With touch friendly tanks and daily nature presentations on the dolphins, this attraction will educate visitors about the wildlife. For an extra fee you can partiate in a boat-based Dolphin Tour.
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort
The Schlitterbahn Beach Resorts are some of the top water-parks in the United States. The park in South Padre is located right on the beach and has a variety of rides, water-slides and pools. In addition, Schlitterbahn also has a hotel, sports bar, restaurant and entertainment in the evening during the summer season. A trip here will be a memorable experience for any family or group.