Best Places to Watch South Padre Island Wildlife

South Padre Island, Texas provides a unique combination of many different types of wildlife that can be easily observed at the right places. Here are the top five places for you to South Padre Island wildlife watch during your next trip:

The Original Dolphin Watch

Get out on the open water and see all of the aquatic South Padre Island wildlife with the Original Dolphin Watch. You will be taken on a 2-hour ride in the water where you will be given an informative tour while seeing the potentially endless wildlife in the water. Most attendees have seen dolphins, birds, puffer fish, stingrays, and so much more. Enjoy the Original Dolphin Watch for only $13 everyday of the week from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Captain Tin Flores

Another water-based tour you can catch plenty of wildlife on is one of Captain Tin Flores’ infamous excursions. Captain Flores will take you to locations where plenty of wildlife is sure to be seen. Such wildlife you can catch in the wild includes turkey vultures, seabirds, roseate spoonbills, and more. You can plan your individualized trip with Captain Tin Flores by contacting him at (965) 832-2630.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

Take a walk on over 3,300 linear of boardwalk at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center where you guaranteed a view of region’s birdlife. You can set up in one of the five bird blinds and quietly observe the interactions among all of the South Padre Island animals in the wild. Guided bird walks are scheduled on a rotating basis for an interactive experience. Spot a variety of hummingbird species as well as storks, pelicans, ibis, egrets, and herons. During summer to late fall, the butterfly garden comes to life with hundreds of migrating Monarch butterflies. The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is located at 6801 Padre Boulevard and is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm.

Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge

Take a short drive over to Los Fresnos, Texas and check out the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge where a variety of species are protected on over 100,000 acres. You will be able to see bobcats, coyotes, geese, aplomado falcons, alligators, snakes, and so many more South Padre Island animals. You can also be connected through various outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking with their information program. Visit the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge Thursdays through Mondays at $3 entry fee per vehicle.

Sea Turtle, Inc.

Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. has been rehabilitating injured sea turtles before they are returned to sea. You can view the employees interact with these majestic creatures as they share with you information on how the sea turtles are helped. Each attendance further helps this great organization. If you visit during nesting season between April through November, you can join a scheduled release to watch the baby sea turtles make their way into the ocean. Sea Turtle, Inc. is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Visit South Padre Island

As the top destination in Texas for a relaxing beach getaway, South Padre Island doesn’t get enough credit for its amazing wildlife experiences. After you’ve learned about the local marine life and communed with nature on the trails, get out and explore more of the excitement South Padre Island has to offer.

One of South Padre Island’s top attractions is Isla Blanca Park. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, this enormous state park offers everything from fishing jetties and boat ramps to cabana rentals and a waterpark. There is also a full-service marina and equipment rental offering gear for snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, fishing, and other activities. Isla Blanca Park combines the best of South Padre Island in one incredible attraction.

For a fun, family-friendly activity, learn how to build a sandcastle with specialty sandcastle lessons from local artists. These 2-hour sandcastle building lessons are a fantastic hands-on experience creating architectural masterpieces, complete with bridges, staircases, windows, and doors.

Where to Eat in South Padre Island

Once you’ve worked up an appetite after meeting the wildlife of South Padre Island, explore the fabulous local restaurants offering everything from ocean-fresh seafood to delicious Mexican eats.

Enjoy high-quality seafood overlooking the surrounding dunes and surf at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort. This beachfront cafe serves seafood favorites throughout the day like lobster tail, snapper Veracruz, fried coconut shrimp, and blackened mahi mahi.

Feeling extra hungry? The generous dishes at Pier 19 are sure to fill you up. Jutting out above the sea, Pier 19 has one of the best sunset views in town. Breakfast and brunch is all about Texas-shaped strawberry pecan waffles and massive cinnamon rolls, while lunch and dinner serves up seafood classics like po’boys and whole fried fish. You can even bring your own catch and the kitchen will prepare it however you like.

Choosing Franke Rentals After Seeing South Padre Island Wildlife

You will find only the finest of accommodations in the vacation rentals offered from Franke Rentals. You will be close by all of the attractions and activities offered in South Padre Island including the many wildlife viewing locations. Contact us today so we can help you find the perfect rental home for you and your family.

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