Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Do you have a family vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about some kid-friendly activities to do on the beach. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look below at a few kid-friendly activities they can do on the beach.

Soccer

Soccer can be played anywhere you have a ball and some friends or family. This game is a good one to play at any time of the day on the beach. Just bring a ball that you can pass back and forth with your siblings, friends or parents. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to play the game, you can make up a new game using the ball. Just have a great time playing it and you will want to continue to play on each new vacation.

Beach Ball Volleyball

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

This game is a classic game played with a beach ball which can be more fun than an actual volleyball. All that is needed is a beach ball that your kids have picked out at the store. And then your kids can hit this back and forth between each other. Not only is it a fun activity to do, but it can be quite comical too. And if you want to join in on the fun and memories that will be made by playing this as a family.

Pass the Water

What a fun little activity that will keep the kids busy. All you need are disposable cups or plastic cups and water. This activity can be played with music or without music and can be who doesn’t spill the water at all. Everyone in the family can play this just like you play musical chairs and have the best time of your lives.

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Gather the kids and hit the beach to go on a scavenger hunt together. Before you hit the beach for the day, make a list of things that each kid can hunt for. Not only can they learn about what they can find on the beach, but they can have a good time too. Some of the things that you can have them look for are shells, crabs, driftwood and more. After each child has completed their list you can reward them by giving them a small prize such as ice cream or a special meal. No matter how long it takes it will still be a fun activity that everyone will love!

There are so many other activities for kids to do on the beach, these are there few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t made your South Padre Island vacation, now is the time. We still have plenty of availability for the rest of the summer. We can’t wait to see your family as you vacation here on the island!

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

Do you and your family like going and seeing nature and even more alligators? If the answer is yes, then you must visit this amazing new addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center. They have opened up an open Alligator Sanctuary that will open on May 11th at 9:00 am. And when you are staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, then you will be close to where the action is happening.

About the Gators

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

This addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center has been a work in progress and is finally opening up to the public. There will be more than 100 American Alligators that will call this sanctuary “home”. The alligators are all rescued juvenile ones and they can’t wait to make this their new place to live. They will be in the safety of caregivers and there will even be a 50-year-old alligator named, “Big Padre” who is 700 lbs and is 12 feet long. That is something that not every person in the country can say they have met before.

Where Did the Gators Come From?

Many will want to know where these alligators have come from and they have all been rescued from around Texas. Gary and Shannon Saurage are apart of Gator Country Rescue and holds the only license in the state that are allowed to rescue alligators. They have been rescued from backyards, pools or who were stranded from weather like floods. The Gator Country Rescue have decided to bring these alligators to the Nature Center. The gators now have a safe haven so they will no longer be in danger to the outside world.

Opening Day of the Alligator Sanctuary

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

On Saturday, May 11th starting at 9:00 am, you and your family will be able to come over to the Alligator Sanctuary to see what the excitement is all about. Some of the fun opportunities that you will be able to experience are holding baby alligators, wading in a wading pool with them and even get to see other animals such as non-venomous snakes. There will be overflow parking available over at Clayton’s Beach Bar and the South Padre Island Convention Center. Admission into this attraction is $8 per adult (13-54), $7 per Senior (55 & up) & Military, $5 per child (4-12) and Free for kids 3 & under. What a fun event to be a part of on it’s grand opening day!

While there are other things that will be happening at the South Padre Island Nature Center, we thought that you would be interested this event. If you haven’t made your summer vacation plans to South Padre Island yet, now is the time to do it. Summer is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be time for summer break with the kids. We can’t wait to see you and your family this Spring and Summer!

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

Are you headed to South Padre Island this year and are wondering where the best coffee shops are on the island? If the answer is yes, then we at Padre Getaways know where you can go and grab a cup of coffee in the area. Many locals love to get a cup of coffee on their way into work or just to have as a pick me up from many of these local coffee shops. If you are staying with us in one of our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals, then you won’t be too far from some good coffee. Let’s look at our top picks for where you can get a cup of coffee at while on vacation to South Padre island.

The Grapevine Café & Coffee House

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

The Grapevine Café & Coffee House is located in the heart of South Padre Island and is a favorite among many of the locals. Here you are able to grab a hot cup of bottomless coffee or a 32 oz. French Press along with a great meal. One of the favorites among the locals would be a Belgian Waffle or the Eggs Benedict Grapevine. You are also able to grab a different espresso drinks that are available when you sit down for your meal.  Don’t miss heading here with your family on your next vacation to the island.

Yummies Bistro

Just after you get onto the island, you will find a quaint little shop called Yummies Bistro. Here you will be able to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a few breakfast treats. They have several different coffee options for you to choose from such as a hot cup of coffee, Coconut Zesta, Café Padre or even a Spanish Macchiato. You can also enjoy some cold coffee options such as a Chilled Island Coffee, Coffee Float, Red Eye or a Banana Chocolate Cooler. Some of the breakfast items you can get off the menu are Spanish Omelet, Pancakes, Fruit & Yogurt Plate and more. What a great start to your vacation by stopping by and enjoying some coffee with your friends and family.

Café Karma

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

Café Karma is another favorite for the locals here on South Padre Island and has a unique vibe to it. Here it is located not far from the water and is where you will be able to grab a cup of coffee or another specialty drink. Some of the drinks you are able to find here are a House Coffee, Macchiato, Café Mocha and Iced Coffee. Some of the other drinks you can grab would be a Chai Latte, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea and more. Don’t miss their amazing snacks you can grab while you enjoy your coffee in the shop. Many visitors love to head here for their coffee and the peaceful area of being a coffee shop.

Groovi Smoothi

Groovi Smoothi is not like any other coffee shop you have been to in the past. Here you are able to find other kinds of drinks as well as coffee for the adults and a few sweet treats. For those who love coffee then you are in for a treat as you can get an Americano, Red Eye, Lattes, Iced Coffee and more. You are also able to grab a fruit smoothie such as a PB&J, Saturday Morning and Tropical Smoothie. And for those who just want a drink to quench your thirst you can get a Lemonade, Orange, Tea and a Veggie Drink. Don’t miss out on the sweet treats you can grab to munch on while you enjoy your coffee here with the family. What a great place to go and enjoy the cool air while the warm air is outside!

While there are other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay on your next vacation to South Padre Island, then check out our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you vacation here on the island this year

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

Are you headed to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island this spring for vacation?  If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have come up with a small list to help get you and your family ready for your next trip to South Padre Island below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. Another great thing that you can do to each towel is sew pockets onto the end of the towel. This way you can keep your sunglasses, phone and sunscreen close by.

Sunscreen

The sun is hot on South Padre Island so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little too much sun while you are on vacation, remember to pack a bottle of aloe as well.

Mesh Bag for Sand Toys

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Hats & Sunglasses

Having sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.

Reading Material

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

One way that you can improve your tan and your mood is by bringing a book or magazine to the beach. We understand that bringing your children to the beach means less time to read a book, but maybe bring a few of their books too. This way when you are ready to read a little, have them come play in the sand near where you are or have them sit under the umbrella and read a little bit of their own book.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your vacation to South Padre Island yet, check out our Beachside vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

Don’t Miss South Padre Island’s Kite Fest this Year

Have you ever been to South Padre Island when the Kite Fest is going on? If not, then you are missing out on one of the biggest kite festivals in the country! What once started out as just a “fun fly” has now become one of best festivals you can attend especially if you love to fly kites. If you happen to be staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals you will be close to where the action is happening for this festival. This is an event that you can’t miss this year with your family!

Let the Fun Begin

Beginning on January 31st at 6:30 pm, you and your family can head over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre for the kick off of the festival. They will be doing some indoor kite performances that will host an array of internationally known kite fliers. One of the people that you will be able to meet is John Barresi who holds more than 30 national championship titles and was the 2018 Open Individual Unlimited Ballet champion. The indoor fliers dedicated their choreographed routines with one passion in mind, “creating peace through kiting worldwide.” If you have never been to an indoor kite performance before you are in for a treat! Tickets for the Indoor Kite Performance is $6 per person and can be purchased in advance only as they will not be available at the door. You can call B & S Kites today to reserve your tickets for this event at 956-761-1248. 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

The kite festival doesn’t end on Thursday night, instead you get a few more days to enjoy it. On Friday and Saturday, the festival will move outdoors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the flats just north of the Convention Centre. Here you will be able to see many kite fliers from all over the United States bring their beautiful ‘show kites’ that will be on display throughout the day. And of course, no kite festival is complete without seeing the mesmerizing performances of individuals and team performances. Some of the best kite fliers have come to South Padre Island for you and your family to watch their beautiful performances with their beautiful kites. Admission to the event on Friday and Saturday is free for you to enjoy.

What to Bring

Many families who come and enjoy the kite festival like to be prepared to stay all day. We suggest that you bring a cooler, beach chairs, sunscreen, drinks and snacks. There will be food and concession stand there at the festival so if you do not want to bring snacks you will be able to grab some. South Padre Island is the prefect destination for your families next family vacation!

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

This festival is a show like no other that you may have attended, and we recommend you heading there next weekend with your family. If you are still searching for the perfect place to stay in South Padre Island, then check our inventory out today or give us a call at 855-412-4805. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation with us and enjoy the South Padre Island 2019 Kite Fest!

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

South Padre Island has been blessed with sunshine year-round and has the longest stretches of white sand for you to enjoy. It’s been known to be one of Texas’s most prized beach destinations around and we don’t want you to miss out on some of these amazing restaurants while you are on vacation. And when you are staying with us at Padre Getaways, you will still be close to several of these restaurants for you to enjoy. Let’s look at our 4 must eat at restaurants on South Padre Island below.

Dirty Al’s

If you are looking for a pretty neat restaurant, then head on over to Dirty Al’s. What was once a bait shop that turned into a restaurant, this is a must visit on many of our guests’ vacations. Here you will be able to get plates of fresh seafood including Gulf oysters, peel & eat shrimp, king crab, and more. And the fried shrimp is the most popular pick that Dirty Al’s serves that you must try! From all other amazing dishes these will sure make you want to come back and visit Dirty Al’s just for their food.

Chilitto Pikin

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

Are you a family who loves Mexican food, then come to Chilito Pikin on your next vacation to South Padre Island? What is known to many locals as the mom-and-pop hang out you can get the most amazing Mexican food. Here you can get an assortment of fish tacos, shrimp tacos, handmade flour tortillas and enchiladas served with refried beans and rice. They also serve “monster” portions and if you are able to finish the whole monster torta in one sitting then you will get it for free. Don’t miss this restaurant on your next visit.

Pier 19

Pier 19 is a family-friendly diner that is known for its generous portions and their friendly service. When you eat during breakfast or brunch, you can get the Texas sized cinnamon roll and Texas shaped strawberry-pecan waffle. If you are looking for lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed in their coconut shrimp or whole fried fish. And if you have been fishing and you’d like for your own catch to be prepared, they can do it. We have never known of any other restaurant to cook what you brought in, so this is why this is a favorite among our guests and locals.

Blackbeards’

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

Blackbeards’ is another favorite among the locals because of the fried jalapeños stuffed with various things such as lump crab meat and cheese. If you are searching for a fun restaurant to visit, then this is the one to go to. From their handcrafted sandwiches to their Giant chocolate cake there is something for everyone. And they have the perfect kid’s menu too which includes chicken strips, burgers, shrimp baskets and fish baskets. Open 7 days a week, you can’t miss this restaurant on your next vacation to South Padre Island.

While there are many other restaurants that are around South Padre Island, these were the few that we’d thought you’d enjoy. South Padre Island has many different restaurants that are known all around Texas and too many to name them all. If you have already made the decision to come this winter, then check out our Winter Rentals today. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year’s and can’t wait to see you in the New Year!

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

Make a new tradition this year with the family and spend your Thanksgiving holiday on South Padre Island. The first of November marks the start of the holiday season, where everyone is making their holiday plans and finding out whose house Thanksgiving will be at. Now is the time to plan your Thanksgiving vacation to South Padre Island today and stay one of our Bayside vacation rentals. Soon after Thanksgiving, Christmas music will play on the radio as people go shopping on Black Friday. There are plenty of things you and your family can do while you vacation here for the holidays.

Quality Time with Family

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of spending as much quality time with your family. South Padre Island is one of the best places to visit each Thanksgiving because if you are staying in one of our vacation rentals, there is plenty of space for the whole family. If you have a family that is larger than 10 people, then give one of our large group vacation rentals a try. When you spend a holiday at South Padre Island, it’s more relaxing and you will want to spend more time with the ones you love. Cook your Thanksgiving dinner at the vacation rental or go out to eat as a family. Make this Thanksgiving holiday a special one for years to come.

Perfect Weather

The weather on South Padre Island is beautiful every fall. With the highs in the 70’s, who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays there? While the weather isn’t as warm as it is during summer, it sure makes for a wonderful day to spend it on the beach with the family. If you want to spend the day soaking up the rays on the beach instead of worrying about Thanksgiving dinner, go ahead. It’s your holiday vacation and you can do what you want to. Spend the evening collecting seashells with the family and kids and make it a vacation that you will remember for years to come.

Breathtaking Views

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

Even during the off-season, South Padre Island is nothing but beautiful to visit. Spending Thanksgiving watching the waves roll in and out or watching the sunset with your loved ones. You may even happen to see some dolphins in the ocean as they folic along or you may see people taking pictures on the beach to use as their Christmas cards. Take a nice long walk while watching the sunset or have your family’s pictures taken on the beach. There is a ton of things you can enjoy while you vacation with us.

Black Friday

After Thanksgiving, while the Christmas music begins to play, go shop for some of those Black Friday deals. We know that most people like to make sure they get the best deals while shopping for those Christmas lists. While you can find some pretty amazing deals at the outlets an hour away, you can also find some great deals at some of the local shops too. Purchasing something from one of the local stores or artists can make some of the best gifts to give. South Padre Island is known for having some of the best gifts to give to others during the holidays or to take home as a souvenir. Don’t miss out on any of the deals this year!

There are many other reasons why you should spend Thanksgiving here on South Padre Island, but these are just a few we thought you’d enjoy. If you and your family would like to spend Thanksgiving here, please look at our Bayside vacation rental inventory today. We hope to see you this Thanksgiving season making new memories with your family!

 

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation in South Padre Island

Everyone looks forward to taking a family beach vacation that offers time away from home and work. It’s a time that you can enjoy the time spent with your family from the youngest to the oldest member. And when you are wanting to do something other than head to the beach there are plenty of family-friendly activities to do in the South Padre Island area. Staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals will help you be right where the action happens. Since South Padre Island is one of the most popular beach destinations in Texas, we’d figure that you’d like to know what there is to do!

Tour the Port Isabel Lighthouse

Port Isabel Lighthouse near South Parde Island, TX.

What is known to many locals on the southern Texas Coast as the “beacon” is in a tiny coastal community of Port Isabel.  Port Isabel Lighthouse is just across the Laguna Madre Bay from South Padre Island, you will see it guides tourists into seeing the history of the lighthouse. It’s always fun to learn a little history while you vacation and this is an option where you feel like you are back in time. You can go check it out 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.

Visit Sea Turtle, Inc.

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation In South Padre Island

Who doesn’t love sea turtles? And what a perfect place for you to head to even on a hot summers afternoon is to the Sea Turtles Rescue Center. They have made it their mission to educate the public about sea turtles, how to save these beautiful animals, and all about their work. Their hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Please note that their last ticket sales are at 4:15 pm daily to help with the crowd control before closing time.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

5 Family-Friendly Activities to do while you vacation in South Padre Island

Looking for a little more adventure, then head on over to Schlitterbahn Waterpark for the day! Sometimes riding down a lazy river or riding some rides will help your family bond. And for the younger kids who want to be like the big kids, there are plenty of things for them to do. Even venture a little bit and do the Soaring Eagle Zip line for extra fun! Be sure to check the hours of operation before you head to the park for the day!

Visit the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

5 Family-Friendly Activities to do while you vacation in South Padre Island

The Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center is located at the base of the bridge heading into South Padre Island. It offers visitors an up-close look at several locally sea creatures and has daily educational programs. If you are looking for a great attraction for the whole family to enjoy, then this is the spot. There are Dolphin and bird watching boat tours nearby for you to take advantage of. The hours of operation are 10 am to 4 pm and you can even help feed the animals. What more could a kid ask for while on vacation?

Island Adventure Park

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation in South Padre Island

Have a need to be adventurous on one of your outings? Then head on over to Island Adventure Park for you to enjoy some pretty amazing things to do. They have horseback riding, zip-lines and even a petting barn for you to take part in. There is also the Island Fun Park which include family fun with mini golf and go carts. Many new memories can be made here at this park.

 

And if you are just wanting to relax, then take advantage of the beach which offers you sand, sun and a little fun for everyone. These listed activities above are just a few that are available to you while you vacation in South Padre Island. Staying with Padre Getaways can offer you more activities within the resort that you stay in. Let us help make those new memories with each visit to the island!

 

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

Before the last days of summer slip away you might want to think about heading to South Padre Island for a weekend. Labor Day weekend will be here sooner than you think so now is the time to plan your trip. With endless activities to do in the area and when staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals there is something for everyone. Look below at what is happening this Labor Day weekend in the area. 

Fireworks on the Beach

If you are on the hunt for fireworks this Labor Day weekend then you won’t want to miss this display. Located at 6900 Padre Blvd is where you and your family can head for some nighttime fireworks. On August 31st at 9:15-9:30 pm see the fireworks while enjoying some quality time on the beach. This is at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Event Venue so while you are there grab you a drink and enjoy your time. 

Attend Surf Day Camp

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, now is time! Fun for all ages, attending the South Padre Surf Co. Surf School, is where you can learn to surf. From 9 am – 12 pm on August 31st & Sept. 1st, you and your family can get in the groove of surfing for fun. Make this an activity that will have you enjoying the surf and waves in no time. Also, if you’d like to have your picture taken the whole day it’s an additional $10 but we think that’s worth it for the memories. The cost of the camp is $90 per person but for a lifetime event that will make you feel happy we think it’s worth it. Don’t miss out on the fun for the whole family to do.  You must reserve your spot so check out their website today and book it!

Art is Fun for Everyone

If you like to paint or you’d consider yourself artistic, then maybe heading over to Art Space on September 1st from 10 am to 2 pm is what you need. From painting, knitting, weaving or whatever art you’d like to do you are welcome. Please not that you must bring your own supplies for this but you can have fun with everyone in your family. There is a $10 per person charge to do for 2 hours but if it happens to be raining what a great opportunity to take advantage of this. Located at 1817 Padre Boulevard, Suite 1, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Labor Day Bayside Fireworks

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

And if you are wanting to help close out the weekend with some more fireworks this display is for you. Located at 2305 Laguna Blvd, South Padre Island, TX you will get to enjoy some fireworks over the bay. If you want to be a little more adventurous then you should see the fireworks from a kayak or a Stand-Up Paddle board. What a better way to end a great weekend then to do this. Be sure to book your kayaks or paddle boards early as they book up quickly for the weekends. 

Hit the Beach

And before heading home on Monday, September 3rd head to the beach for some quality time with the family. Sit on the beach with a chair, book and a cold drink in your hand just to soak up those rays. Enjoy the kids playing in the water or building sandcastles for the day. Be sure though to pack plenty of sunscreen as it is still hot in the Texas sun. Looking for a quick stroll on the beach or collecting seashells with the kids, is just what every family is looking to do. Don’t let this vacation end without going to the beach!

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

With so many other activities happening on Padre Island, this is what every family wants. They just want some fun quality time before the kids head back to school. Let this Labor Day weekend be just as memorable as every family summer vacation. If you are still looking for somewhere to stay, we at Padre Getaways can help you. We can’t wait to see you this summer!