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A Day on Padre Island

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Padre Island is the largest Texas barrier island and the world’s longest barrier island. Much of the island is protected--the central portion of the island is preserved by the Padre Island National Seashore, while the lower portion is part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Aside from its beautiful, unscatched land, there are many places to explore and things to do on the island. If you aren’t sure where to start your adventure, we’ve pulled together an itinerary for an ideal day on Padre Island for you and your family!

Breakfast: Island Joe’s Coffee & Gallery

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Island Joe’s Coffee & Gallery is known for their specialty beverages and cold brew espresso on tap. The eclectic interior features original artwork from Corpus Christi photographer Bryan Tumlinson. Stop by Island Joe’s for homemade baked goods, paninis, protein bars and energy bites for a quick breakfast. You can also take advantage of their waffle bar featuring various topping options to customize your sweet treat.

Morning Activity: Padre Island National Seashore

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After breakfast, take a morning stroll along Padre Island National Seashore. Padre Island protects 70 miles of unbroken dunes, prairies, coastline and wind tidal flats and is a haven for turtles and birds. Take a dip, comb the sand for seashells or embark on a birdwatching adventure!

Lunch: Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill

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For lunch, stop by Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill. This restaurant, a short wall toward Mustang Island from Bob Hall Pier, provides a relaxing atmosphere and an open-air view of the surf. Bring your furry family member along with you, as Mikel May’s deck is pet-friendly.

Afternoon Activity: Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort Corpus Christi

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Spend the afternoon at Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort, a complete family entertainment destination. The river system is the longest interconnected river system at a Schlitterbahn Park  with other two miles of rapids, currents and tidal waves. This waterpark features various water attractions, including water coasters, an inland surfing ride and a wave river system. Relax at one of the 16 beaches, a private cabana or the heated pool with a swim-up refreshment bar!

Dinner: Island Time Sushi Bar & Grill

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Once you’re relaxed and sun-kissed from an afternoon at the water park, stop by Island Time Sushi Bar & Grill for local seafood and specialty sushi, sashimi and nigiri. This culinary community co-op features seated and lounge areas for dining, as well as a bar.

Evening Activity: Bob Hall Pier at Padre Balli Park

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What better way to end your adventure-filled day on Padre Island than with a Corpus Christi sunset?  Wander down to Padre Balli Park, a roughly 400-acre park that’s open year-round and home to Bob Hall Pier. The 1,240-foot-long pier, a popular fishing location, extends into the Gulf and is a prime spot to watch the sunset.


There’s no shortage of places to visit while in Padre Island! Explore other options for your day on the island and create your own itinerary, or check out the itineraries for other neighborhoods in Corpus Christi.


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