• 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.

Getting Around

Park Operating Hours

The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Malaquite Visitor Center is open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but is closed on Christmas Day.

Public Transportation

There is no regularly scheduled public or commercial transportation to the park. The nearest major airport, Corpus Christi International Airport, is approximately 43 miles away.

The National Seashore is located southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitors to the area should head east through the city on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes into Park Road 22. Continue about 13 miles south on Park Road 22. The physical address for Malaquite Visitor Center is 20402 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

The National Seashore is located on North Padre Island. South Padre Island is approximately another three hours south via highway 77. For information on South Padre Island, call 800.343.2368 or visit their website at www.sopadre.com.

For more information, please follow the links at the top of the page to learn more about the National Seashore, or follow the links below for more information on the local area:

Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau

Click here to download and print a copy of the Corpus Christi visitor's guide.

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program

Driving in the Park

No driving is permitted in the dunes, grasslands, or mudflats because they are extremely fragile and important natural resources that sustain a wide diversity of life. Private ATVs are therefore not permitted anywhere in the park.

Certain areas of the park may occasionally be closed due to weather conditions (flooding, unusually high tides, etc.). If you are planning a trip down island, please call ahead or send an e-mail shortly before your departure to double-check on driving conditions. Click here to read some suggestions for driving down island on the beach.

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...