Corpus Christi, TX 78418
The National Seashore is located on North Padre Island, southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitors to the area should head east through Corpus Christi on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes to Park Road 22. Continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to reach the park entrance.
Padre Island has long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Summers are very humid. Winter can bring strong cold fronts and gale force winds. Most rain falls near the beginning and end of hurricane season (June-October). Average seasonal temperatures (Fahrenheit) are: Spring - high 70s-80s, low 50s-60s; Summer - high mid-90s, low 70s; Fall - high 70s-80s, low 50s-60s; Winter - high 50s-70s, low 30s-40s. Year-round, average wind speed ranges from 5-25 miles per hour. Relative humidity seldom drops below 70%.
Padre Island Vehicle Entrance Fee - $10.00
This fee provides entrance into the park for one private, standard passenger vehicle for up to 7 days. It covers all occupants of the vehicle.
Padre Island Bicycle/Pedestrian Entrance Fee - $5.00
This fee provides entrance into the park for one pedestrian or one bicycle for up to 7 days.
Bird Island Basin Use Fee - $5.00
This fee provides for use of the Bird Island Basin area within Padre Island National Seashore for one day. It covers all occupants of one private, standard passenger vehicle. Bird Island Basin provides access to the Laguna Madre and has a boat ramp, windsurfing and kayaking area, and camping area. Please note this fee is in addition to the park entrance fee.
Padre Island Annual Pass - $20.00
This pass entitles one private, standard passenger vehicle and its occupants to enter the park for one calendar year from the month of purchase.
Bird Island Basin Annual Pass - $10.00
This pass entitles one private, standard passenger vehicle and its occupants to enter the Bird Island Basin area of Padre Island National Seashore for one calendar year from the month of purchase.
The Malaquite Visitor Center includes a bookstore and an exhibit area with information about park history, plants, and animals. Free programs are offered daily. A shaded picnic area is available on the deck. Restrooms and cold water showers are available in the bathhouse. Wheelchair users can borrow a special beach wheelchair from the visitor center at no charge. An accessible ramp goes from the Pavilion down to Malaquite Swimming Beach.