• 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.

Park Newspaper

Gulf Breeze 2014 Cover

The Gulf Breeze

Download (PDF, 2.98MB) the 2014 edition of The Gulf Breeze, Padre Island National Seashore's park magazine. It's a wonderful resource for planning your visit to the park, with helpful information on things to do and commonly asked questions. It also has some great articles on the plants, animals, landscape, and history of the park. Download and print your copy today!

In this Issue

Things to Do

Butterflies of Padre Island

One Tenth of One Percent

Record-breaking Year for Loggerheads and Greens

Do You Know Your Beans?

Shark Bite Games!

Traveling Down Island: What You Should Know

Frequently Asked Questions


Did You Know?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...