South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, South Padre Island

Whether you’re a devoted birdwatcher or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is a great stop for your itinerary. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre, South Padre Island’s wetlands are home to more than 300 species, including the endangered brown pelican, piping plover and peregrine falcon. Watch the documentary screened in the auditorium to learn about the island’s birds and other wildlife. Then, head to the boardwalk to spy a variety of birds. The five blinds and five story-tower are great spots for watching. The island’s rich wildlife also includes a variety of plants and animals, such as dolphins and alligators. Bring sunscreen if you’re visiting on a hot day, as most of the boardwalk doesn't offer cover. Arrange to visit South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and other attractions in South Padre Island using our South Padre Island vacation planner.
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  • The boardwalk provides a view of the birds in their natural habitat. We saw so many beautiful birds including the Roseate Spoonbill, osprey catching fish, 3 alligators, blue crabs and much more. It do...  more »
  • We are visiting SPI and Trip Advisor suggested this as a place to see. It took about 1 1/2 hours to go through the boardwalks, Museum and Store. There were fewer birds today than in migration but stil...  more »
  • We (2 parents and 3 college age children) were there on a cold December day and had a great time. The boardwalk was a great way to see the natural beauty of SPI. We enjoyed seeing many varieties of bi...  more »
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  • We went to SPI on our honeymoon in October 2017. We're 25yrs old and we wanted a quiet, relaxing vacation. The Birding and Nature Center was one of the highlights of our trip! Feed the birds, see the crocodiles, go to the gift shop, go to the top of the center- do it all! We stayed for about 2hrs. It's beautiful.
  • A birders paradise. Great exhibits and a nice gift shop. What really makes this place is the boardwalks over the tidal marshy area of the Bayside of South Padre Island. Would go here every day if I lived here. During the winter months there are so many migratory birds. I added a few to my lifetime list.
  • Beautiful building and education experience regarding local birds and migration information. Pay through kiosk then receive wrist band to take trails. Well kept nature viewing.
  • Nice experience in bird seeing. The tour guide was knowledgeable. Kids would love the place. Can be covered in 1.5-2 hr
  • One of my favorite birding sites. Herons, shorebirds, ducks and roseate spoonbills make for nice variety in bird types. This is also a great place for sunset photography with a view across the bay towards Port Isabel.

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Where to stay in South Padre Island

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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