• 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 or (361) 949-4793. 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.

Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (September 1 - October 14, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X
Arts in the Park 1:00 p.m. every other Saturday starting 9/6
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X


Program Descriptions
Beach Walk This leisurely stroll for all ages meets outside the visitor center entrance. The 45-minute walk explores our coastal ecology.
Deck Talk This talk meets on the deck outside the visitor center and is a discussion of the remarkable collection found on the park's touch table. Popular with all ages due to the many unique items.
Arts in the Park Explore your park through art during this 45-60 minute introduction to watercolor painting. All materials are provided, but space is limited to 20 participants. Offered every other Saturday starting Sept. 6th. Sign up starting the Wednesday before each class by calling (361)949-8069 between 9 am and 5 pm.
Junior Ranger Program Stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to pick up a free activity book and earn a Junior Ranger badge!

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For more information, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8069.


Ranger Programs (June 1 - August 31, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X X X X X
Hidden Treasures 11:00 a.m. X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X
Sand Sculpting SEE BELOW
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases SEE BELOW
Junior Ranger Day (special event) SEE BELOW



Program Descriptions
Beach Walk This leisurely stroll for all ages meets outside the visitor center entrance. The 45-minute walk explores our coastal ecology.
Hidden Treasures Collect, learn about, and release small fish and burrowing creatures found at the surf's edge. Meet outside the visitor center entrance to join this fun program that is great for families. Come prepared to get wet.
Deck Talk This talk meets on the deck outside the visitor center and is a discussion of the remarkable collection found on the park's touch table. Popular with all ages due to the many unique items.
Junior Ranger Program Stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to pick up a free activity book and earn a Junior Ranger badge!
Sand Sculpting This program will take place from 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th and from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th and Sunday, August 10th. Meet on Malaquite Beach and join a professional sand sculptor to learn how to build a beautiful sand castle.
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases The public is invited to attend several releases of sea turtle hatchlings (newly hatched baby turtles) each year during June - August. Most releases take place at Malaquite Visitor Center and Beach. Dates and times for these releases are determined as nests hatch. Call the Hatchling Hotline at (361)949-7163 to find out when and where the next hatchling release will occur.
Junior Ranger Day (special event) Join us on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for a special, one-day event full of fun, family activities. Learn how to build sand castles, catch and release creatures in the surf, build a kite, and see live animals. Earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate doing some fun activities. Call Malaquite Visitor Center at (361)949-8068 for more information.

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For more information, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8069.






Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...