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South Padre Island

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Wildlife Areas · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Fishing Charters & Tours
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast. Long a favored spring break destination for college students, this sunny holiday getaway offers year-round mild weather, clean beaches, and a laid-back island lifestyle just 3 km (2 mi) from the mainland. Every water lover's dream come true, the popular "SPI" features 54.7 km (34 mi) of uninterrupted beach, quaint cottages, and luxurious beachfront resorts. Although most visitors arrive over a short causeway from Port Isabel, you can also reach the town of about 3,000 by air from either Dallas or Houston. The town's public bus line provides free rides all over the island once you arrive. Take a look at our United States online road trip planner to refine the details of your trip to South Padre Island.
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Popular things to do in South Padre Island

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Wildlife Area
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Sea Turtle, Inc.
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in South Padre Island

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
2.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Beach
Isla Blanca Park
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from South Padre Island

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Zoo
Gladys Porter Zoo Brownsville
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Port Isabel Lighthouse Port Isabel
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum Harlingen
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in South Padre Island

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Historic Walking Area
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Wyland's Whaling Wall
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Seas the Day
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in South Padre Island

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Karen's Custom Toe Rings
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Flea Market
South Padre Island Farmer's Market
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in South Padre Island

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with South Padre Island

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