Eco-Friendly Spots Around South Padre Island

If you’re into ecology you’ll really enjoy the many eco-friendly spots around South Padre Island! There is so much wildlife and nature around our island that you want to be sure not to miss any of it while you’re staying with us at Padre Getaways.

Sea Turtle Inc.
In 1977 the “Turtle Lady of South Padre Island,” Ila Loetscher, started taking in sick and injured sea turtles. She launched a movement that has saved thousands of turtles of turtles over the years. While Loetscher is gone now, the center carries on her mission of rehabilitation, conservation and public education.

One of the rarest reptiles on earth can be found right here on the beaches of South Padre Island. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles lay their eggs between April and August. Each year crews from Sea Turtle, Inc., set out on foot and all-terrain vehicles to look for nesting mothers. When they find them they wait for the mother to leave the nest for good and head back out to sea. Crews will then carefully dig up hundreds of ping-pong ball shaped eggs, load them into Styrofoam ice coolers, and take them to headquarters where the eggs are counted and recorded.

Afterwards the eggs are taken back to the beach where they’re buried inside a protected corral on the beach. This keeps the eggs safely away from the prying teeth of the island’s resident badgers and coyotes. An estimated one in 300 will make it to adulthood.

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; 6617 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-4511; seaturtleinc.org. Suggested donation of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.

This is just one highlight of what to expect on an eco-themed trip to South Padre Island, where you can also explore a birding center, take an eco-tour boat ride or learn about the impact of pollution at a marine research lab.

For a vacation that you’ll never forget, whose focus is on ecology, be sure to visit the following local businesses:

Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Walk more than half a mile along a boardwalk over the wetlands, watching ducks fledge, fish spawn, butterflies flutter by and exotic-looking birds make an appearance. Then climb the five-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the bay. Bring your camera!

Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 6801 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-6801; spibirding.com. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 4 to 12.

 

Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
Breakaway Cruises
Board the Getaway at Sea Ranch Marina and head out to the bay, where the crew drags a net behind the boat. The booty during an average day may include squid, small butterfly ray, blue crab, starfish, flounder and plenty of slimy-looking sea slugs called Spanish dancer. Because approximately 200 dolphins call this bay home, you’re sure to enjoy seeing them as well.

Tours take place at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily; 33384 State Park Road 100 (Padre Boulevard); 956-761-2212; breakawaycruises.com. Cost: $18 for adults, $16 for children.

 

 

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

When you choose South Padre Island, Texas, as your vacation spot there are some things you can just count besides all the fun activities. At the top of that list has to be our comfortable and affordable beachside rentals at Padre Getaways. You won’t find a better place to stay where you can feel right at home while you’re here. But there’s more!!

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Guided Nature Walks are held every day of the week, year round, on South Padre Island at the Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. Schedule is as follows: Mondays at 9:30, 1:30 and 3:15; Tuesday 9:30; Wednesday 9:30 and 11; Thursday and Friday at 9:30; Saturday at 9:30 and 1; and Sunday at 1.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

And a real treat is the South Padre Island Farmer’s Market that is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8605 Padre Blvd. Stop by for the freshest produce, meat, cheese, juice and lots more.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Did you know that South Padre Island is the Fireworks Capital of Texas? Join us every Thursday and Friday night for a spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The best place to view the show is around the South Padre Island Entertainment District. Sponsored by the City of South Padre Island. Hope to see you there!

Cool Places To Visit In SPI When It’s Just Too Hot

Everyone looks forward to a beach vacation that offers time away from work, family bonding time, and trying new things. It’s a time to have fun — from the youngest member of the family to the oldest. When what you planned is a beach vacation to South Padre Island then the ocean and the beachfront take center stage. But what happens when you’ve overdone it in the sun or it’s just too darn hot? There are plenty of other things to do and Padre Getaways would like to suggest some cool places to visit when it’s just too hot outdoors.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotVisit the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center at 6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (956) 761-6801 with questions. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of nine World Birding Centers located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Checkout their birding center cam here.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotA water park isn’t air conditioned but it will surely cool you off! Visit the Schlitterbahn Water Park. According to the Texas Family Magazine, this water park is the best among kid-friendly attractions in the entire state. Aside from the beach, it’s South Padre Island’s main attraction. This 25-acre paradise is where you can enjoy nearly two dozen world-class attractions, roar down 13 amazing indoor and outdoor water slides, and float on any one of the multiple river systems.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotSea Turtle, Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, offers educational presentations about rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured sea turtles. “Turtle Talks” teach families about the species of sea turtles found in the area and the organization’s mission. Depending on the time of year and the number of visitors present, presentations may be held in the outdoor amphitheater or a staff member will lead a tour around the tanks. Self-guided tours of the outdoor facility are also available. Phone (956) 761-4511 for more information.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotWe promise you won’t be thinking about the heat when you take your first tandem skydiving jump! Skydive South Padre Island, 2500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, will challenge your courage as you jump into thin air and free-fall for 60 seconds while reaching speeds of 150 mph! Call (956) 744-5867 for reservations.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotGuided jet ski sightseeing tours are offered from Parrot Eyes Watersports, 5801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island. Enjoy a 30 mile, 1.5 hour Jet Ski Water Tour Adventure around the entire island that’s sure to cool anyone off! Phone (956) 761-9457 for more information.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotEnjoy the air conditioned environment as you take in a movie at Island Cinema, 4700 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island. Check online for the current shows and times or call the Movie Hotline at (956) 761-7828. Catch the latest and best summer films while on vacation!

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotAfter a day in the sun, you’re sure to enjoy a dinner cruise excursion aboard Breakway Cruises, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, next to Dirty Als. Their fleet of boats are best on the Gulf of Mexico and crews are fully trained and Coast Guard licensed. Call (956) 761-2212 for more information or visit them online.

Where to Find the Best Bike Rentals on South Padre Island

There’s no easier and fun-filled way to get around South Padre Island than on the seat of a bicycle. Once you arrive for that summer vacation leave your car behind and rent a bike for the duration of your stay from any one of the following businesses. Giving your car a vacation from travel is a green idea. The environment will thank you!
Air Padre
5709A Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 299-9463
Website: www.airpadrekiteboarding.com

Air Padre is the only place on South Padre Island where you can rent state-of-the-art hydro bicycles. You’ll have water access located directly behind their water sports shop. Hydro bikes are essentially floating bicycles of the water. Easier to balance than regular two wheeled bicycles, these double pontoon water bicycles are meant for easy cruising on the open waterways of the Laguna Madre Bay.

 

Wheels on Padre
2412 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 299-4562
Website: www.wheelsonpadre.com

Whether you’re looking for a moped, scooter, golf cart or bicycle rental you won’t be disappointed by the large selection to be found at Wheels on Padre. Rentals include cruiser style single-speed bikes sized 20” to 26” in. Tandem, ladies, men’s and unisex styles. Bike rentals include helmets, baskets and locks. Discounts available for multi-hour rentals and multi-purchase rentals. Delivery is available. Call to reserve your rental.

 

Beach Bikes on Padre
220 W. Oleander St., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (512) 658-3766
Website: beachbikesonpadre.com

Choose from 26” Women’s or Men’s Beach Cruiser, 29” Men’s Beach Cruiser, 29” Fat Tire Bike, Women’s or Men’s 7 Speed, 24” Women’s Beach Cruiser, Medium Frame Touring Bike, Tandem, Trikes, 20” girl’s bike, 16” and 20” boy’s bikes. Free delivery and pickup anywhere on South Padre Island. Free roadside assistance during daylight hours. Bikes come with locks, lights, helmets and a basket. Call or go online to reserve your bike. Open 7 days/wk.

 

Ride-in-Padre Golf Cart & Bike Rentals
1414 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 521-1844

Bicycling is fun for the whole family. Stop in and see their large selection of golf carts, bicycles, quadro cycles, surf boards and more.

Fun Wildlife Tours In South Padre Island

Nature lovers will enjoy a vacation to South Padre Island, TX, because there are so many things to do here besides play miniature golf, walk along the beach, and go bike riding. This area is full of such stunning nature and wildlife. There are many companies that offer fun filled tours the family is sure to love. Following are just a few of them.
 
The Original Dolphin Watch offers an assortment of tours, among those being the Ecology Tour. This tour will include a presentation on live specimens of marine life caught right in front of you. It continues on, following the dolphin pods along the Devil’s Elbow. Check their site for an online coupon to save. Location: 1 Padre Blvd., So. Padre Island. Phone: (956) 761-4243.
 
The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of nine World Birding Centers located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This birding and nature center has a gift shop and is open year round. Butterfly gardens, presentations, birding boardwalk, and more. Check out their live web cam. Location: 6801 Padre Blvd., So. Padre Island. Phone: (956) 761-6801.
 
Air Padre offers guided jet ski, water bike, kayak, and standup paddleboard tours on Laguna Madre. The Laguna Madre has some of the best sunsets in all of the U.S. because of the sunsets over the main land. During the Sunrise tours there are many days that dolphins will come up the channel and frolick around your kayak or SUP. Location: 5709A Padre Blvd, South Padre. Phone: (956) 299-9463.
 
At Sea Turtle Inc., their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. Field trips, summer camps, school outreach, and academic scholarships. Location: 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (956) 761-4511.
 
Osprey Cruises offers tours as well as charter fishing trips, dinner cruises and happy hour cruises. Take the Sea Life Safari eco tour and enjoy the dolphins while sightseeing and learning about the ecology of the Laguna Madre narrated aboard the 70′ Osprey luxury passenger cruiser. Location: Pier 19, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (888) 867-7739.
 
Captain Murphy’s Charter Service and Isla Tour offers Eco-Tours, Dolphin Watch Cruises, Sunset Cruises, as well as Bay Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing. The Eco-Tour takes you through the Laguna Madre. You will see native sea life, Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural habitat, local and migratory birds and the surrounding Texas beaches. The tour includes views of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica Beach, and the original Queen Isabella Causeway. Location: 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (956) 761-4752.

South Padre Island Fishing Adventures

If you’ve never fished in the deep ocean waters before, taking one of the South Padre Island fishing adventures is guaranteed to be a fun-filled time for you. This is the type of event that promises to make lasting memories. While you could decide to go out on your own, there’s a lot you need to know, not just to have fun, but also for your safety. Keep these details in mind when choosing a fishing charter boat to take you out for a day of fishing.

There are many things involved when fishing out in the ocean water on a charter boat. It’s best to go on a boat with a knowledgeable captain sailing the waters for you, especially one that knows where the fish are! Following are some of the local fishing charter companies on South Padre Island.
 
 
Captain Murphy’s Charter Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 761-2764
Opens at 8 a.m.
Offering full and half day deep sea fishing, bay fishing and seasonal fishing charters. We provide all bait, tackle, rods, and reels. Fish cleaning services are available. Guests can bring their own food and drink, alcohol is allowed. Bench seating, restroom, and covered areas are all onboard.
 
 
Crystal Flats Guide Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
2580 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 320-0556
Offering fly fishing, shallow water fishing, deep sea fishing and sightseeing trips. Private fishing charters are available with destinations as varied as the near shore waters, the crystal clear “Flats,” Lower Laguna Madre Bay, Ports Brownsville, Port Mansfield, or wherever the fish are biting at any given time. Half-day, 8-hour day, and 10-hour day trips. Rods and reels, bait and tackle, and ice, are all provided.
 
 
Osprey Cruises
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
Pier 19, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (888) 867-7739
Offering deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and bay fishing in the shallow waters of the Laguna Madre. In addition, there are Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruises offering interactive entertainment and adventure, high speed adventure on the Thriller Speedboat Tour, eco tours and dolphin watch on both the Sea Life Safari and Dinner Cruise.
 
 
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
1 Padre Blvd., SeaRanch Marina, South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 433-6469
Lower Laguna Madre fishing guide. Fishing trips include deep sea, South Bay and Lower Laguna Madre. From fly-fishing to spin casting, trolling, bottom fishing, using top water lures, artificial lures, live or cut bait, catching fish will be both fun and easy with the areas top fishing guide on your side. Every fishing trip is supplied with everything you need to fish with, and ice and ice chest for keeping things cool.
 
 
Austin’s Fishing Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
102 Garfield Ave., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (800) 943-6282
Captain Lou Austin is the originator of the “clicking” popping cork and is an expert in the use of “live” bait in the waters around South Padre Island. His knowledge of fishing the Laguna Madre and waters around South Padre Island assures those interested in fishing of the best inside tips and local hot spots! He is highly regarded as one of the South Padre Island Fishing charter captains that will catch fish when no one else does.
 
 

Come Fly With Us On A Zip Line

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it felt like to fly, now is your chance and it can happen right here in South Padre Island. The South Padre Island Adventure Park has added a Zip Line! For those not familiar with the term zip lining, check out what Wikipedia says about it in detail.

Come Fly With Us On A Zip Line

As the park’s newest and most adventurist attraction to date, you can take in the view of the entire adventure park as you careen down the cables to the next platform. While it might sound scary, it’s more fun than not.

A fully certified Zip Line technician gets you strapped into a safety harness and sends you off on your ride. You’ll definitely have the sense of flying through the air and complete freedom.

If you’re at all curious, go to the far north end of the island where the road is almost covered in sand dunes. There you can see the Zip Line towers in the distance.

According to Valley Morningstar News, owners Doyle and Dolores Wells made sure to maximize the adventure park experience when they brought zip-lining to South Padre Island.

“When Dolores and I traveled the United States and the Caribbean islands zipping and researching different zip-line designs, we soon learned that we liked zipping more than hiking long distances,” Doyle said.

“We decided to provide you with maximum zip-lining time possible so we designed large tower structures that accommodate six zip-lines for a fast round-trip zip-lining experience without leaving the towers.”

The zip-line towers are built from recycled telephone poles. “We’re pretty proud of it,” Hollinger said. With their unique quick zip-line transition system guests can go around the zip-line circuit as fast or slow as they want. Park officials don’t limit your number of zips.

Nearby, a group of people on horseback made their way back to the park. This is one of the many options of fun and adventure just waiting to be experienced at the park.