• 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.

Plan Your Visit

Malaquite Visitor Center in November, 2002

Wildflowers bloom in front of Malaquite Visitor Center.

NPS Photo

Thank you for choosing to visit Padre Island National Seashore. Here you can get away from every day life, relax, and get back to nature.

To help improve your stay by planning your visit, follow the links in the menu on the left. You can find out what you need to consider when traveling to the National Seashore and what you might like to do or experience during your visit.

If you would like to have a wedding at the park, scatter the remains of your love one, have a reunion, or hold a special event, you must obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). Follow this link to learn more and apply.



All camping areas are open year-round. No reservations are accepted. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers must have a camping permit, which is available from the self-registration kiosks at the entrance of each camping area. Ask the campground hosts at Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin camping area for assistance if needed.

There are no public RV hook-ups anywhere in the park, but an RV dump station and a water filling station are available for all campers staying in the park.

Check out time for Malaquite and Bird Island Basin is 12:00 noon.

Camping is permitted only in the five camping areas listed below. Please click the link for the individual camping area for more details.

Did You Know?

White-tailed buck (odocoileus virginianus)

The white-tailed deer on the island are not considered the island's largest native mammal because they are believed to come across the Laguna Madre from the mainland. Coyotes are considered the island's largest native mammal. More...