• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...