• 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.


Please keep your pet on a leash while you are in the park.

Please keep your pet on its leash while you are in the park.

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Pets must be on a leash at all times in the park, in order to keep visitors and wildlife safe. Pets are permitted throughout the park, except for the Malaquite Visitor Center's deck and in the picnic shelter area on the beach directly in front of the Visitor Center. However, service animals are exempt from this rule and are permitted throughout the park.

Horses and Pack Animals

Horses and pack animals are allowed only on the Gulf of Mexico beaches, except in front of the Malaquite Visitor Center and campground. Hay should be kept in feed troughs or horse trailer feeding bays to prevent hay from being placed on the ground. Please remove all unused hay and animal excrement form the park.

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...