Ultimate Guide: Padre Island National Seashore : Corpus Christi Texas

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Ultimate Guide: Padre Island National Seashore

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

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At the Padre Island National Seashore, you are standing on the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world.

You won’t see any buildings, streets, or power lines.  Instead, your surroundings will consist of more than 350 bird species, the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and wild flowers.

Are you ready for some fun?

Here are just some of the things you can do at the Padre Island National Seashore:

  • Collect sea shells-Big Shell and Little Shell beaches offer a wide variety of shells to choose from to add to your collection.
  • Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Releases- Summer is the best time to watch the release of these endangered newborn turtles. Call the Malaquite Visitor Center for more information (361-949-7163).
  • Birding & Wildlife-Birds, wildflowers and even coyotes call the Padre Island National Seashore home.
  • Boating- A boat ramp is available at Bird Island Basin.
  • Fishing- Catch whiting, redfish, black drum and speckled trout just to name a few.
  • Swim- Our warm weather usually means warm water.
  • Surf- It’s not Hawaii, but you can definitely catch waves on the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Windsurf- The Laguna Madre is located at the Padre Island National Seashore’s west coast and is often used for fishing and windsurfing.
  • Cruise the beach - 66 of the park’s 70 miles of beach are open to vehicle traffic. Four-wheel drive vehicles are best for this trek.

For more information visit: www.nps.gov or call the Corpus Christi Visitor Center

(361) 561-2000


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