Ready to escape to the beach? We want to help you plan your Padre Island adventure!
From the beach to the bay, Padre Island National Seashore offers countless opportunities to discover and enjoy the amazing recreation and resources of the park. Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico and build a sand castle. Drive down the beach until civilization fades away and camp under a dazzling blanket of stars. Fish for red drum and black tipped shark.
Watch a squadron of pelicans glide by, or watch newly hatched sea turtles crawl to the sea. Walk through vanishing coastal prairies to a historic cowboy camp. Take a boat or kayak out for an adventure in the Laguna Madre, or try your hand at windsurfing at Bird Island Basin, one of the top destinations in the U.S. for the sport. Trade in the sights and sounds of traffic and concrete for those of waves, wind, sand, and birds. Put the wireless world in silent mode for a while and find a different connection here in this special place.
How to begin? This "Plan Your Visit" section has all kinds of helpful tips about things to do, places to go, eating and sleeping, and more. Get directions to the park. Check out our Malaquite Beach webcam and look at current conditions. Find information about operating hours and seasons, fees and passes, permits and reservations, and accessibility.
Call our Hatchling Hotline (361-949-7163) for recorded information about how to see sea turtles.
Padre Island National Seashore and South Padre Island are two different places located over 100 miles apart. Sometimes Padre Island National Seashore is confused with South Padre Island, but the two are very different destinations.
Padre Island National Seashore is a national park located just outside of Corpus Christi that includes about 70 miles of undeveloped beaches and natural habitat. South Padre Island is a resort community located near Brownsville with numerous hotels, clubs, and souvenir shops. The two destinations are at opposite ends of the long, barrier island named Padre Island and are about 100 miles apart.
It is not possible to drive from the park, located on North Padre Island, directly south to South Padre Island. An artificial waterway, Mansfield Channel, cuts through Padre Island at the southern end of the national park.The only way to drive from North Padre Island to South Padre Island is by driving inland, down Highway 77, and back out to the south end of the island –a driving trip of 3-4 hours.
This website and information is about Padre Island National Seashore, the national park. We are located at the end of Park Road 22, at the northern end of Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Planning on putting our park address into a smart phone app or GPS? It most likely will NOT bring you to the park. For unknown reasons, many of those applications place the park's physical address miles away from its actual location. Fortunately, getting to the park is easy once you find out that the road coming out here – Park Road 22 – actually dead ends into the national park. The park entrance station is a booth that is located literally in the middle of the road. So once you get on Park Road 22, just keep going until you reach the end and the park entrance station. If you get confused on the way or have more questions after reading our directions, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.
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Last updated: August 29, 2019