• 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.

Prairies and Grasslands

The grasslands west of the Malaquite Visitor Center on a clear day.

The grasslands west of the Malaquite Visitor Center on a clear day.

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Most of the island’s terrain consists of coastal prairie interspersed with ephemeral marshes and dune fields (see under Sand Dunes). Grassland habitats are dominated by small, rolling hummocks covered with salt tolerant vegetation such as seacoast bluestem and bushy bluestem.

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...