• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

  • North Beach is open, South Beach will open at 8 am 4/5/2014

    The oil-covered materials on the beach have been removed, and clean-up is nearly complete. The North Beach portion of the park is open to driving as of 11:50 am on 4/4/2014. The South Beach portion will open to driving at 8 am on 4/5/2014.

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?

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...