• 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.

Plan Your Visit

Malaquite Visitor Center in November, 2002

Wildflowers bloom in front of Malaquite Visitor Center.

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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.

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