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.
Visit 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.
A 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.
Sea 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.
We 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.
Guided 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.
Enjoy 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!
After 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.