Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA

An iconic part of sun-soaked beach days on South Padre Island, sandcastles are a classic, tried-and-true creative activity that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Sandcastles are normally washed away with the tide; however, South Padre Island is home to one of the most unique sandcastles you’ve probably ever seen: the largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA! Learn more about this standout attraction located only on South Padre Island! Sandcastle South Padre Island has something for everyone!

A One-of-a-Kind Attraction on South Padre Island

Did you know that South Padre Island is the unofficial sandcastle capital of the world? The island maintains this unofficial status due to the fine quality of the sand, which makes it easy to form sandcastles of enormous proportions. Everything’s bigger in Texas, so it’s only fair that we have the country’s largest outdoor sandcastle!

A permanent installation on the island, the largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA is a fantastic and fun beach attraction that is fun and family-friendly. Made from river sand, the sandcastle weighs in at an astounding 150 tons. The first portion of the sandcastle was built in October of 2013 by sand artist Andy Hancock, with the second portion started two years later in 2015. South Padre attractions have something for everyone!

Not only can you visit the largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA, but you can also learn how to build your own sandcastle masterpiece and rent the tools to do so from Sand Castle Lessons! The most basic supplies can be bought or rented starting at $30.00, with options for fancier shaping items and tools for up to $120.00. Lessons for groups range begin at $285.00.

The largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA can be found at 310 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, Texas 78597. You can also reach the rental and lesson company that maintains this humungous structure by phone at (956) 433-9948 or by email at

South Padre Attractions

The largest outdoor sandcastle is absolutely not to be missed but rest assured that there’s plenty of other things to do in the area as well. If it’s sandcastles you’re after, embark on a truly one-of-a-kind journey that only the fine, pliable sand of the Gulf of Mexico can provide. Walk, drive, or best of all, bike (check out Beach Bikes on Padre if you need a bike rental), your way through the South Padre Island Sandcastle Trail. With approximately 30 sandcastle destinations, you’ll be blown away when you see what local artists can do with simply some water and sand. How is it even possible? Marvel at the castles, mermaids, marine life, and so much more as you get a true taste for life on South Padre Island.

While you’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind sandcastles, be sure to also keep a lookout for the unique sea turtle art prevalent throughout South Padre. The Sea Turtle Art Trail is another local favorite, providing up close encounters with 5-10 permanent sea turtle art sculptures across the city. Local artists were provided a fiberglass sea turtle form, adorned in nothing by a rough factory primer, creating a blank canvas awaiting the unique artistic expression of each artist. Not only will you love the unexpected presence of giant sea turtles hiding around the corner waiting to say hello, but you’ll be blown away by the vision these artists were able to bring to life. Visit for an updated map of the Sandcastle Trail as well as the Sea Turtle Art Trail. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, plan a photo scavenger hunt for your group that’s sure to entertain.

With all of this exploring, you’re sure to get hungry. Why not turn your art trail adventures into a culinary adventure as well? We recommend a stop at Ceviche Ceviche for an authentic Texas twist on seafood – offering unique flavor combinations that have a tendency to sell out before closing, so be sure to arrive early. Another popular destination on the culinary map is Chilitto Pikin where you’re sure to find some mouthwatering Tex-Mex that won’t disappoint. All this adventuring and eating makes us thirsty! Swing by Padre Island Brewing Company to wet your whistle and soak up the laidback island vibes in this popular pub.

Let Us Help You Plan the Perfect Sandcastle Adventure

For more information on the largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA and other extraordinary attractions you can enjoy during your time on South Padre Island, contact our reservations team today and ask about reserving your accommodations with us!