Yours to Discover

Protecting sixty-six miles of wild coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the narrow barrier island is home to one of the last intact coastal prairie habitats in the United States. Along the hypersaline Laguna Madre, unique tidal mud flats teem with life. Native Americans, Spanish explorers and cattle ranchers have walked along its shores. Padre Island National Seashore is waiting to be rediscovered.

A sand trail lined with flowers leads to a beach.
Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Park

Discover the top ten tips for visiting Padre Island National Seashore and make your trip a great one!

A sea turtle hatchling crawls on the beach as people look on.
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases

Learn about sea turtle hatchling releases happening in the park.

White tent on the beach with vegetated dunes behind and a cloudy-blue sky above.

Learn more about the park's two campgrounds as well as primitive camping on the beach.

A man stands at one of several fishing poles stuck in the sand near the water on an overcast day.

Fishing is a great way to enjoy the park whether you're doing it from the beach or laguna or out on a boat.

A crested caracara stands on sandy ground with tall grass and looks off camera to the right

As a globally important area for migratory birds, the park is a favorite location for birders any time of the year.

A family sits in the shallow water on the beach.

Spend the day splashing in the surf.

A hand holding a small shell.

Search for seashells and sea beans.

A blue jeep pulling small, red trailer is parked on the beach with the dunes behind.
Driving Down Island

Explore some of the more remote areas of the park by driving down the beach. 4-wheel drive is always recommended.

Colorful surf and sky on the beach

Planning on visiting the island? Find information on current weather conditions.

Last updated: May 30, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
Malaquite Visitor Center information line.

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