Arts and Culture Journey to South Padre Island

If you are planning your next vacation, consider booking a trip to South Padre Island. The barrier island is located off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. It is known for its soft sandy beaches and warm, clear waters.

Whether you want to plan a romantic weekend with your significant other, a trip for your family or a vacation with friends SPI has tons of fun for everyone. You can spend your days lying on the beach soaking up the sun with a drink in your hand or explore the island’s unique beach-inspired art scene. Read about the South Padre Island attractions below:

Wyland’s Whaling Wall

The Whaling Wall on South Padre Island is part of artist Robert Wyland’s series of walls in which he paints life-sized outdoor murals of endangered marine wildlife and the ocean. Wyland’s goal of painting the murals was to convey a sense of urgency in the conservation of marine wildlife.

The wall on South Padre Island is number 53 in the series and is titled “Orcas off the Gulf of Mexico.” The mural stretches across three sides of the SPI Convention Centre on the north end of the island. You can drive right up to the wall to take pictures with the painted orcas.

Sand Sculpture Trail

South Padre Island has more than 30 professionally sculpted sand sculptures placed around the island in what is known as the Sandcastle Trail. The sculptures on the trail are done by both local and international artists and range from traditional sandcastles to animals, mermaids, and cars.

The well-known Visitors Center Sandsculpture is one of the most popular on the sandcastle trail. The giant sandcastle, which is known as the largest outdoor sandcastle in the USA, was significantly damaged during spring break 2018, but local master sand sculptors are working hard to restore it to its previous beauty.

Some other popular sculptures on the trail include the birds in front of the SPI Birding & Nature Center, the leprechaun’s outside of Kelly’s Irish Pub, and the giant walrus outside of the Coral Reef Lounge.

For a full list of the sculptures on the trail, you can visit the Sand Sculpture Trail website.

South Padre Island Attractions

If you are looking for accommodations and South Padre Island attractions, consider booking one of our vacation rentals. We have some of the nicest rentals on the island all located just a few minutes from the best beaches. Whether you are looking for a cozy one bedroom for you and your significant other or a large home that can comfortably sleep your whole family, we have the perfect rental for you.

For more information on our vacation homes or to book a rental, please contact us today.