Beyond its plethora of beautiful, immaculate beaches, South Padre Island is also home to a number of attractions ranging from fascinating to simply stunning. We’ve put together a short guide below on the best South Padre Island sightseeing spots to visit during your time here. Read on to learn more about where to go for the greatest sightseeing South Padre Island has to offer!
Where to Go for Incredible Views and More
To begin, South Padre Island has incredible landmarks. The Point Isabel Lighthouse is the last remaining lighthouse in Texas that is still open to the public. The historic lighthouse, first built in 1852, is located in the Port Isabel section of town. Standing fifty feet high and totaling seventy-five stairs, you and your guests can look out over South Padre Island from one of the most romantic vantage points on the island.
Nearby the Point Isabel Lighthouse is the Port Isabel Historical Museum, where the history of Port Isabel and South Padre Island is preserved from the time of the Mexican-American War through the present. This museum is known for its exhibits, artifacts, and iconic fish mural dating back to 1906.
South Padre Island is also famous for the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. This nature area sits along the Laguna Madre side of the island, located on the beach. Here, you’ll also encounter a boardwalk for birding strolls, an observation tower, and an interactive exhibit room where you can learn more about the local species that live on the island.
Additionally, South Padre Island also has their very own Schlitterbahn Waterpark! Located on the southernmost portion of the island on the gulf side, Schlitterbahn Waterpark has indoor and outdoor amusements ranging from waterslides to seaside pools, as well as restaurants situated on-site. Ticket prices for one-day admission range from $22.99 for children and seniors to $26.99 for general admission.
If you’re looking for amusement park fun outside of the waterpark, one of the best South Padre sightseeing spots is Gravity Park. Located on the southern half of the island offers family-friendly rides and attractions. Go go-karting and mini-golfing, or ride the reverse bungee for a thrilling experience!
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