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Texas Beach House
5312 Gulf Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597

South Padre Island Birding and Eco-Tourism Activites

On South Padre Island, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate and enjoy the last 34 miles of ecologically significant and unspoiled beaches and sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico.

Captain Toddieie's The Pelican Services

They offer Wildlife Enthusiasts a unique way of seeing and "being" among the Lower Laguna Madre's true "nature center". We offer boat trips to the back bays and channel islands to see unspoiled wildlife in "their" habitat. Call us to take a trip "Into Nature". BAY TOURS - Customized Boat trips from "afternoon cruises" to "seeing the Dolphins". We will show the Bayside of South Padre Island and the sights that make us a "Paradise". (956) 590-0417 or (832) 689-5955

Dolphin and Nature Research Center

Providing an interactive look at sea creatures in order to teach people about Dolphins in the wild and other sea animals. This Center offers a hands on experience as well as teach about conservation. For more information on hours and price call 956-761-7178

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, a 45,000-acre federal preserve for wildlife and bird watching, is located about 15 minutes away on the mainland across the Laguna Madre from South Padre Island. Along the banks of the Laguna Madre, Laguna Atascosa NWR is one of the largest remaining protected wild areas in the lower Rio Grande delta. Loma and coastal brushlands are accompanied by freshwater lakes and ponds, mudflats and beaches. Here, the elusive ocelot, a small cat whose numbers are estimated to be less than 100 in the United States, quietly prowls the brushlands; Aplomado falcons soar above coastal prairies; Kemp's ridley sea turtles nest on the Gulf beaches; and the incredible diversity of bird species attracts wildlife watchers from around the world.
For more information on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, call (956) 748-3607.

Laguna Madre Nature Trail

Next to the Convention Centre and Whaling Wall No. 53, the Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a 1,500-foot boardwalk that extends across four acres of wetlands. Containing informative signs about dune systems and bird species that frequent the area, the nature trail provides visitors with the opportunity to observe many species of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. The idea of the Laguna Madre Nature Trail was conceived by naturalist Ed Hawkins. It is dedicated to his memory. Both the Whaling Wall and nature trail are always open to the public free of charge and can be accessed through the circle driveway leading up to the Convention Centre. The South Padre Island Convention Centre is located at 7355 Padre Blvd. at the north end of town.

Dive South Padre Island

American Diving is the complete scuba dive center in Texas with all levels of instruction, equipment sales, rentals and service, local dive trips, international dive travel, and unique technical training opportunities. Come see our state-of-the-art training facilities. Dive from our USCG documented and inspected boats.

Diving offers beauty, challenge, and excitement. Come dive with us!

Sea Ranch Marina

Dolphin watch, eco-tours, sunset cruises, amphibious boats, glass bottom boats, parasailing, snorkeling and private fishing charters. (956) 761-2212

Sea Turtle, Inc.

Sea Turtle, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1978, was the home of Ila Loetscher, known by many as the "Turtle Lady." Ms. Loetscher dedicated her life to saving and rehabilitating sea turtles, including the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Educational shows featuring the turtles are given on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. A donation of $2 is requested at the door. Sea Turtle, Inc. is located at 6617 Padre Boulevard.
Phone: 761-1720 or 761-4511. www.seaturtleinc.com

The University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Lab

The U.T.P.A. Coastal Studies Lab, located in Isla Blanca Park at the south end of the Island, has aquarium displays of fish and other marine life indigenous to the area, as well as an extensive shell collection. The lab is open Sunday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (956) 761-2644

Sea Ranch Marina

Dolphin watch, eco-tours, sunset cruises, amphibious boats, glass bottom boats, parasailing, snorkeling and private fishing charters. (956) 761-2212

Dolphin Docks

510 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(Located in Port Isabel at the base of the Causeway)
(956) 943-3185

Sea Ranch Dolphin Watch

One Padre Blvd
SouthPadre Island, Texas 78597

Breakaway Cruises


Colley's Fins to Feathers

South Padre Island, Texas 78597

Kayak Tours and Rental