Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi

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Must see · National Park · Beach
Stretching 110 km (70 mi) along the coast featuring prairies, dunes, and wildlife, Padre Island National Seashore represents the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. Most of the area is undeveloped and accessible only to four-wheel-drive vehicles. The park offers swimming, fishing, camping, surfing, and wildlife-watching opportunities. About 45 percent of all North American bird species can be spotted at the park. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can also see exhibits, get food and water supplies, and obtain camping licenses. Choose among the numerous RV or tent camping spots in the wilderness, or at the beach. Work out when and for how long to visit Padre Island National Seashore and other Corpus Christi attractions using our handy Corpus Christi online road trip planner.
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  • Beautiful beach where you can drive your 4WD car on the sand and almost next to water. You can also see people do grilling - primitive camping and lazily lying on a hammock right next to water  more »
  • Nice little gift shop, large bathhouse, and a friendly naturalist. Wish we could have stayed there longer  more »
  • Clean area. It was nice to be able to drive up on the beach. My disabled family member was able to enjoy the beach so much easier this way. Rangers were visible and actively patrolling the beaches. The water was gentle waves and very warm during our early September visit.
  • Great place to go to the beach, fish, or go to the center and learn about the local wildlife. They also participated in the sea turtle program. You can camp out on the beach and enjoy watching the ghost crabs at night. Also a great place to do some star gazing!!! The staff there are super nice. Please watch your speed when driving on the beach, lists of kids around!

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