• 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.

For Kids

The park gives a number of programs during the year, all of which can be enjoyable for families. These include beach walks, deck talks, evening programs, star parties, birding tours, and others. Some of these occur seasonally, so please read more about our interpretive programs or call 361-949-8069 for more information.

Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger program is intended for young people, from age 5 to 13. A free booklet is provided that contains activities to help the participant learn about what makes Padre Island National Seashore so special, along with the park's plants, animals, and unique history. A park ranger reviews the booklet and swears in the participant as an official National Park Service Junior Ranger. Junior Rangers are awarded a badge for completion of the booklet and an additional patch if they participate in a beach clean-up.

Kids Zone

Now you can experience a national park even if you are not able to visit it in person! Sign up today to become a member of a growing group of young people who are interested in the world around them and in becoming involved with their nation's heritage. Kids Zone is packed with fun games and activities about our nation's parks! All you have to do is visit http://www.nps.gov/kidszone/ to start.

Did You Know?

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The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...