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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  • Traveled to SPI specifically for birding and the SPI Birding and Nature Center did not disappoint! It has an extensive boardwalk traversing both brackish water and fresh water marshes and gives viewer...  more »
  • Wife and I enjoyed the movie presentation and hiking through the park on the 3000 ft. wooden bridge that takes you through the preserve. Saw many birds.  more »
  • The winter gave some wonderful views of migrating birds. I attended a special event where we could see rescued birds like an eagle up close. Kids seemed to enjoy being with their grandparents. Please ...  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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