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

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!