• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

  • North Beach is open, South Beach will open at 8 am 4/5/2014

    The oil-covered materials on the beach have been removed, and clean-up is nearly complete. The North Beach portion of the park is open to driving as of 11:50 am on 4/4/2014. The South Beach portion will open to driving at 8 am on 4/5/2014.

Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (April 1-15, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Birding Tour - Morning (April 1-12) 9:30 a.m. X X X X X X X
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Birding Class 2:00 p.m. X X
Birding Tour - Afternoon (April 1-12) 2:30 p.m. X X X X X X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X


Ranger Programs (April 16-30, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Birding Tour - Morning (April 18-30) 9:30 a.m. X X X
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Birding Class 2:00 p.m. X
Birding Tour - Afternoon 2:30 p.m. X X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X


Program Descriptions
Birding Tour Take a 2-3 hour guided driving tour around Padre Island to observe birds in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars and bird guide (extras are available). Space in the tour vehicle is limited, so you may have to follow the guides in your own vehicle.
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.
Birding Class Learn how to select the right binoculars and what birding terms really mean. The Birding Class will compare several of the birding field guides that are available, and provide tips on finding good birding locations.
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) 949-8068.

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...