Sea Turtle, Inc., South Padre Island

4.7
#1 of 107 in Wildlife in Texas
Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. has grown from a concerned conservation group to include a hospital and rehabilitation center. Numerous sea turtles get hurt by predators or fishermen, and their eggs get lost due to urbanization. That threatens the balance of the ecosystem and leads to large reductions of sea life. At the center, you can hear about sea turtles and about the organization's efforts to protect all marine turtle species. You'll see tanks with different kinds of turtles--some injured and some nearly cured--and learn about the ways they are rehabilitated before being returned to the wild. Donations are welcome. Arrange your visit to Sea Turtle, Inc. and discover more family-friendly attractions in South Padre Island using our South Padre Island online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Well worth your time. Leave a good donation, please, it all goes for turtle rescue. We enjoyed the educational presentation talk on these marvelous creatures.  more »
  • We loved seeing and learning about the sea turtles here! The staff is incredible! They are very friendly and of course very knowledgeable. We happened to arrive the day 300 sea turtles were taken in d...  more »
  • Incredible experience! We were able to walk around and view sea turtles that are unable to be released back into the wild either because of birth defects or injury. Each turtle had a description poste...  more »
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  • What a great experience to see and learn about the sea turtles. I was saddened by it as well. I like what they are doing by educating the public about the turtles and our role in their lives. They only ask for a donation which I was happy to give. The staff was very friendly and answered all our questions. They also have a nice gift shop. They are expanding so I'm glad to see they are doing well.
  • We really enjoyed the place - I wish it was little bigger. They had a crocodile in a pond next door. The history of the turtles is wonderful. It is something which kids enjoy. They have about 20 very large tanks. Each has between 2 and 4 turtles. They don't sell turtle eggs or turtle meat which was a bummer. I love eating turtle meat.
  • My kids and I had a great visit at Sea Turtle, Inc. There were staff members/volunteers everywhere ready to answer questions and interact. We visited after a cold snap, when they had an influx of cold stunned turtles. Though they were very busy transitioning several of them to tanks after warming, they took time and energy to interact with the kids, letting them name the turtles. Great educational visit, and the donations help a great cause!
  • Who would give this place less than 5 stars? Someone that hates turtles, that's who. This place is awesome. Turtle adoptions make a great Christmas gift... might I suggest the turtle Merry Christmas?
  • This is a small non-profit organization that rescues turtles which happens to let people visit. And this is good! You aren't going to get a velvet rope museum tour because everyone is working on rehabilitating turtles, and you get to see that first hand. There's a wealth of knowledge to be had from just talking with the staff. This place is worth stopping by if you're on the island. It's not expensive and mostly donation driven.

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As with most tropical destinations, room rates in South Padre Island increase the closer you get to the beachfront, especially if you arrive at the height of tourist season. If you’ve built in a big budget for accommodations, stay at one of the town's high-rise luxury hotels or private seaside cottages. To stay near the water without spending too much, avoid the expensive spring break season. Consider one of the island's inns or developed campgrounds with easy beach access.
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