Top 20 Things To Do South Padre Island logo
YOU COME TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TO HAVE FUN, RIGHT? I'VE PUT TOGETHER THIS LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS TO HELP YOU DO JUST THAT.

I HAVE PERSONALLY VISITED EACH OF THESE 20 FACILITIES, AND PUT TOGETHER MY RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCES AND THOSE OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MOST IMPORTANT ARE THE COMMENTS AND OPINIONS I'VE HEARD FROM VISITORS TO THE AREA.

YOU'LL FIND A LINK TO THE SITE OF EACH ATTRACTION WHERE YOU
WILL FIND A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION, CONTACT INFO, MAP, ETC. 

MOST OF THE ACTIVITIES ARE "STAND ALONE", IN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY DIRECT COMPETITION.  OTHERS, SUCH AS FISHING TRIPS AND DOLPHIN WATCH / SIGHTSEEING CRUISES DO.  IN EVERY CASE, I'VE TRIED TO SELECT THE ACTIVITY THAT GIVES YOU THE BEST EXPERIENCE AND THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

HOPE YOU FIND THIS USEFUL AND HAVE FUN!

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Port Isabel Lighthouse
Fine old lighthouse with spectacular views. Located on site of old Fort Polk once commanded by Robert E. Lee.   portisabellighthouse.com
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Black Dragon Pirate Ship
Don't miss this one! High jinx on the high seas pirate adventure cruise for folks of all ages. Voted  one of 10 best cruises in the USA.  blackdragoncruises.com
Black Dragon Pirate Ship
Lighthouse Square Mercado
Lots of neat specialty shops with lots of neat stuff. Everything from hamburgers to hammocks,  cervezas to sandals. Port Isabel, Texas
Lighthouse Square Mercado
Thriller  High Speed Boat Rides
Ever go 50 MPH on the water? Even the dolphins can't keep up. A roller coaster ride on waves.  ospreycruises.com
Thriller High Speed Boat Rides
Museums of Port Isabel
Museums of Port Isabel
Two museums here, one on the history of Port Isabel, the oldest settlement in Texas, the other filled with relics of its maritime history recovered from ship wrecks. Fascinating!  portisabelmuseums.com
Pirates Landing Fishing Pier
The longest pier in Texas. Populated by fishermen 24 hours a day and one of them always seems to have a fish on the line.  portisabelpier.com
Pirates Landing Fishing Pier
Schlitterbahn  Beach Waterpark
A really unbelievable family resort facility with hotels, restaurants and water everywhere. It's  awesome!  schlitterbahn.com
Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
Osprey Fishing Trips
Deep sea and bay fishing trips on a fleet of four boats. These guys sure know how to catch fish!  ospreyfishingtrips.com
Osprey Fishing Trips
Sea Turtle Rescue Center
The folks here do wonderful work and richly deserve our support. Rescuing and rehabbing turtles  is something all of us can applaud. Make a visit priority #1.  seaturtleinc.org
Sea Turtle Rescue Center
South Padre Island Birding Center
If you are a bird lover, you have to pay a visit. One of only four such facilities in the USA, there is  an extensive network of walkways over the wetlands. Critters galore. Bring your camera!  spibirding.com
South Padre Island Birding Center
Clayton's Pavilion
Huge beach deck, part shaded, part open. Terrific place to kick back, chill and do some wave watching with an adult libation.  claytonsbeachbar.com
Clayton's Pavillion
Sea Life Safari
This is a nature, history, sight-seeing and dolphin watch cruise in one package. Very entertaining  and interesting.  sealifesafaris.com
Sea Life Safaris
Sky Diving On the Beach
OK, feeling adventurous? How about parachuting to the beach from 11,000 ft? Here's your chance.  southpadreislandskydiving.com
Sky Diving On The Beach
Surfing Lessons
Not too many giant waves at S. Padre, but it's a great place to learn how. You'll get some excellent instruction here.  southpadresurfcompany.com

Surfing Lessons
Pier 19
This is the site of the island end of the old railroad line. Several tour and fishing boats are moored  here, there's a souvenir shop and an excellent bar built over the water. You can watch the ships  come and go and see lots of dolphin. WARNING! Twice daily, the bar is attacked by pirates!  Located behind the island KOA.
Pier 19
Sandy Feet Sand Castle Services
Make a memory on by learning how to create amazing sandcastles in groups or with private lessons. You can also hire them to create professional sand sculptures for special occaisions or sandy beach billboards. sandyfeet.com
Sandcastle Lessons
Kite Boarding
How tos for kiteboarding and stand-up paddling (one of the absolute best  excercises in the world. Great fun!  southpadreislandkiteboarding.com
Kite Boarding
Osprey Sunset / Dolphin Watch Cruise
Beautiful time of day on the water. Great crew, lovely experience.  ospreycruises.com
Osprey Sunset / Dolphin Watch Cruise
South Padre Island Golf Course
This is one of the better public courses in south Texas. Lots of broom grass and heather.  Challenging, but fair.  spigolf.com
South Padre Island Golf Course
Island Adventure Park
This is a very nice family activity. Horseback rides on the beach, ziplines, Petting Barn and other fun things to see and do. You and your kids will love it! southpadreislandadventures.com
Horses On The Beach
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