• 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 is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Lightscape / Night Sky

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Come visit and explore the craters on the moon, constellations, and planets through the lens of a telescope at one of the best places in Corpus Christi to view the night sky.

Star Parties will be held the first and last Saturday of each month, December through April, at 8:00 p.m. Join the Corpus Christi Astronomical Society at the Malaquite Visitor Center Auditorium or parking lot for a presentation and to explore the night sky.

Please follow this link to the park's events schedule.

 
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Light pollution from Corpus Christi can interfere somewhat with night sky observations in the northern end of the park, but only with constellations or objects in the lower regions of the northern and north-northwestern portions of the sky.

On South Beach, starting five miles south of the Malaquite Visitor Center, there is minimal light interference and this decreases as one travels further into increasingly primitive surroundings. The shades in the image above represent the artificial sky brightness against the natural sky brightness on the north and south ends of Padre Island. This artificial light source is caused by the cities of Corpus Christi and Brownsville.

Did You Know?

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The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...