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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  • An amazing nature preserve! Fascinating experience for the whole family and the kids loved it. Great trail over the marshland and plenty of birds and fish for sighting. But we were not lucky enough to spot the alligators. The views are stunning, especially closer to the ocean side. Highly recommended for families and nature lovers!
  • Jerry and Rose Ann Makowski lead an excellent birding tour at 9:30 am, 56 species of birds, plus alligators, on the boardwalks amongst the black mangroves, going out to the saltwater lagoon. Great views of the area from the top of the tower. Nice way to see the environment of S Padre Island.
  • The staff have been friendly and helpful everytime I've been. There's a pier in the shape of a loop with a few strategic places to rest, get shade, and enjoy the views. One thing I noticed on this trip is the butterflies out and about the cinder trail in front and to the sides of the entrance. In the building, they have a spiral staircase that goes up 3 levels giving a bird's-eye view of the center grounds and some of the surrounding area of South Padre Island. Elevator access will get you to floors 2 and 3. You might want to check the waterways from up there for the resident croc on the grounds. It's usually sunning itself or floating around the water. They have a screening room where they play a video of the kinds of wildlife you may encounter there. Just remember the season you are visiting for the glimpses you can expect.
  • We were delighted with our stop here. The tour as great and our guide very knowledgeable. This is a must for all you bird lovers and great for children too.
  • Beautiful boardwalk over a variety of different habitats. The signs are informative and the boardwalk is well maintained. Didn't see any Alligators, we looked, but the variety of birds was worth the walk.
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