Family Vacation in South Padre Island

Things to do and see in the tropical beach town on Texas' southernmost tip

Austin may be landlocked, but a beach vacation is only a 340 miles drive away, where you’ll find South Padre Island. Not just a spring break destination, SPI’s 34 miles of sandy beach make for a great family getaway. Here are some things to do and see when you get there.


DO: Dive into SPI's abundant wildlife and ocean attractions. Relax on the beach at Isla Blanca Park where you may stumble upon a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nest. Bonus, if you notify a Sea Turtle Inc. volunteer to save the nest, you’ll earn the privilege of naming the turtle babies! Sea Turtle Inc.'s mission is to educate about endangered sea turtles and rehabilitate them for their return to the wild. Embark on a thrilling dolphin-watching adventure or deep-sea fishing expedition with Breakaway Cruises.

On land, immerse yourself in the island’s art scene at the Art Business Incubator. Explore the island scavenger hunt-style and try to find the 30 permanent sandcastles and 12 sea turtle sculptures. Unleash your wild side at the Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary, home to the 'Big Padre' alligator and his companion Lady Laguna. Gallop into adventure at Adventure Park, where rescued horses await your company. Don't miss the enchanting full moon horseback rides. Experience the nightlife at the Entertainment District, featuring popular spots like The Kraken, Skully's Barrr and Clayton's—the illustrious titleholder of Texas' biggest beach bar.

EAT:  Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Josephine's Kitchen or savor the rich flavors of artisan coffee at Yummies Bistro. Sample fresh seafood at Mahi Nic, offering the unique 'Cook Your Catch' experience where they will cook whatever you fish out of the sea. Padre Island Brewing Company is the go-to destination for craft beers and satisfying pub fare or indulge in everything from delicious seafood to authentic Mexican-inspired cuisine at Viva, where every bite is a flavor explosion. SPI's culinary scene caters to the whole family.


Island Adventure Park - southpadreislandadventures.com

Sea Turtle Inc. - seaturtleinc.org

Clayton’s - www.claytonsbeachbar.com

To help plan your full itinerary, surf to sopadre.com to find where to stay, spa and and plan your activities.

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