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Things to Do in South Padre Island
Whether you’re trying to get away from it all, have a honeymoon or family reunion to plan, or want to treat yourself or your family to a fun trip, there are plenty of things to do here, no matter what your age. From nature exploration to exciting beach activities, try some of these adventures.
Beach Park at Isla Blanca
Surf Rider is one of the highlights of Beach Park. The unique water sculpting creates an ongoing water sheet for bodyboarding. Ever ride an uphill water coaster? If not, the Storm Chaser is a must, and it’s directly accessible from the park river, Rio Adventura. There are also zip lines, the Pirate’s Plunge, and other thrilling attractions. If you need something more low-key, try the Sand Castle Cove with the little ones and Bob’s Float-in Bar for adults, where you can hit the pool and swim right up to the bar to get a drink.
Another favorite amusement park on South Padre Island is Gravity Park. Here, you can find the “tallest reverse-bungee in the world,” a 60-foot Ferris Wheel, an arcade, climbing wall, go-karts, and more! A favorite of parents and children alike.
Sea Life Marine Center
Take a boat tour to view wild dolphins and learn about wildlife below the sea at the Sea Life Center, where you can actually touch some of the animals!
Native Plant Center
Pair above-the-sea education with your trip to the Sea Life Marine Center. Learn about the plant life on South Padre Island and study how our ecosystems’ stewardship is vital to all life.
South Padre Island Equestrian Center
For horse lovers, the SPI Equestrian Center offers horseback tours of the beach as well as lessons on riding, animal care, equipment, and even polo!
South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary
With five bird blinds, a viewing tower five stories high, and guided bird walks, you have excellent chances of seeing some of our most beautifully feathered friends. Be sure and listen to their tuneful calls and songs! Want to see a –gulp!—alligator? Of course you can, and you can earn all about these scary but fascinating creatures.
You can catch everything from speckled trout to sharks on your South Padre Bay vacation. Many fishing guide companies offer shore fishing off the beaches and piers, kayak fishing, and charter fishing.
If you’re up for a real adventure, try parasailing. You will get both beautiful views and the ride of your life in the air. The SPI Excursions staff are highly trained in safety procedures, so don’t be afraid to ask for a toe-dip! Also, check out the fun Banana Boat and Eco and Dolphin Watch Tours.
Skip the chain restaurants! South Padre Island has some delicious local cuisine for you to try. Some of the best-rated casual restaurants are Pier 19, Sea Ranch, and Grapevine Cafe and Coffeehouse. If you’re in the mood for more romantic or upscale dining, Ceviche Ceviche is a big favorite!
South Padre Island Home Rentals
Hotels and motels pepper the coastline of this beautiful and fun vacation spot but consider a vacation rental instead so you can have more room, convenience, and privacy. For your best choices in Memorial Day South Padre Island home rentals, come to Franke Rentals.
Franke Rentals has a large selection of homes that are much more convenient than a small hotel room. Whether you’re here for a honeymoon or to take the kids on an outing they will remember, don’t settle for less than the best.
You can rent a beachfront property with views of the ocean or an inland home with better access to local amenities. Either way, your accommodations at Franke Rentals will be top-notch, so you can focus on what you came to South Padre Island for—a fun time!
As always, remember to choose your activities in advance and call them to make sure they will be open on Memorial Day and have room for a booking. Book activities as far in advance as you can or need so that the planning of fun is taken care of and all you need to do is experience it!
When you book South Padre rentals at Franke Rentals, choose from properties with beach views, romantic getaways, access to local culture and events, or proximity to activities. Talk to our experts today and book your Memorial Day vacation rentals in South Padre Island.