South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, South Padre Island

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Whether you’re a devoted birdwatcher or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is a great stop for your itinerary. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre, South Padre Island’s wetlands are home to more than 300 species, including the endangered brown pelican, piping plover and peregrine falcon. Watch the documentary screened in the auditorium to learn about the island’s birds and other wildlife. Then, head to the boardwalk to spy a variety of birds. The five blinds and five story-tower are great spots for watching. The island’s rich wildlife also includes a variety of plants and animals, such as dolphins and alligators. Bring sunscreen if you’re visiting on a hot day, as most of the boardwalk doesn't offer cover. Arrange to visit South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and other attractions in South Padre Island using our South Padre Island vacation planner.
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  • After a friend suggested a visit to the Center, we booked a hotel across the street & registered for a guided Birding Tour. Best decision ever! The volunteer guides (Marianne & Craig) we... 
    After a friend suggested a visit to the Center, we booked a hotel across the street & registered for a guided Birding Tour. Best decision ever! The volunteer guides (Marianne & Craig) we...  more »
  • This place not has gorgeous on the bay boardwalks teaming with wildlife, but also has knowledgeable, enthusiastic bird guides to help you find all the specialty birds. Make your reservation for the... 
    This place not has gorgeous on the bay boardwalks teaming with wildlife, but also has knowledgeable, enthusiastic bird guides to help you find all the specialty birds. Make your reservation for the...  more »
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  • High 5 to Sylvia, pleasant friendly lady at front… more than willing to go the extra effort to make your visit and stay the best possible. Everyone at the center super nice. Got to hold two snakes and gator. Great place to stop guaranteed yo see lots of gators inside and on boardwalk… even on overcast 45 degree day. Well worth the trip! 😊❤️Sandy lutz
  • This was definitely worth adding to our trip. We took our 4 kids ages 9-17. We paid the extra so they could hold the baby gator and the python. We all really enjoyed it. We went around 10 am and it was really nice walking around.

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