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 .
Padre Island National Seashore Reviews
We went to Mustang island state park. The waves were good. Sand was clean. Nice day trip on the beach! We built a fire and roasted hotdogs and smores. more »
South Padre Island is idyllic. We had a wonderful trip there and will definitely revisit ! The beach is so clean and uncrowded. We walked 3 miles along the shore and could have continued or miles more... 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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