• 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 is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Visitor Center

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Malaquite Visitor Center offers an information desk, small museum, and bookstore/giftshop. It is open year-round from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible with ramps to the main deck and an elevator to the main observation deck. Beach wheelchairs are available at no charge. There is also a handicap accessible observation deck for looking out over the dunes, grasslands, and Gulf of Mexico.

A concession stand with basic items and gifts is located on the right-hand side of the deck.

Restrooms and cold-water rinse showers on the deck remain open throughout the night, but are closed from 7:00-9:00 a.m. each morning for cleaning.

 
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Picnic Areas

Visitor fees were used to build the new Malaquite Picnic Shelter in the corner of the parking lot of the Malaquite Visitor Center.

The deck at Malaquite features a picnic area with convenient shade structures overhead. Also, on the beach just in front of the visitor center, there are also picnic tables with shade structures overhead.

Did You Know?

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