• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

  • South Beach closure

    Tropical Storm Dolly, going ashore on the gulf coast of Mexico, is causing coastal flooding on Padre Island National Seashore. The gate onto South Beach will close at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 2. The beach will reopen when driving conditions improve.

Field Trips

Take your students for an adventure on the beach with a field trip to Padre Island National Seashore!

Field trips should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Staff availability for programs is limited, and some dates get reserved several months in advance, so contact us early.

Educational groups can request fee waivers that provide free entrance into the park. Through a partnership with Shark-a-thon, we also offer a limited number of transportation grants each year to help eligible schools cover the cost of transportation to the park. And all programs for school and other educational groups are offered free of charge.

To schedule a field trip or for more information, contact our Education Specialist at (361)949-8069. You will need to provide:

· A point of contact (usually the leader of the group coming to the park)

· The number of students who will participate

· The age range / grade level of the students

· Information on any special needs (e.g. wheelchairs, etc.) of any participants

Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...