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    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.


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?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...