South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, South Padre Island

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#2 of 40 in Wildlife in Texas Gulf Coast
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center by using our South Padre Island itinerary maker.
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  • Since it is June in South Texas you want to make sure and take water with you. We saw lots of interesting birds but we did not see any alligators. It is a very nice sanctuary.  more »
  • This is a great place to get views of the bay and to see the various birds, fish, turtles and even an alligator that inhabit the area.  more »
  • I was able to take my family for more fun yet educational trips. You can take great pictures and see the wildlife and other birds up close with the family.  more »
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  • Not going to lie here, I had to wake two 12 year olds up and tell them we were going for a hike. There were groans. There was eye rolling. Until..we started walking. Instantly, they were looking for the alligator. Asking what birds we were seeing. Taking pictures. They were all smiles and super excited. We had a great time. We saw ducklings, alligators, turtles, fish, crabs and and at least 20-30 species of birds. A great place to take some amazing photographs and enjoy the morning. They also have some GREAT staged places in front of the building for photographs. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring water. Go slow and enjoy the animals....
  • Great adventure on South Padre island. Didn't have to worry about the crowds. Dedicated parking made it easier to get in and out especially during spring break. Not too crowded so the birds and other wildlife were easy to spot. The views were amazing, both of the wildlife and the bay. Worth the visit. Buy the birdseed if you have younger folks with you.
  • Beautiful views and there are many birds to see. My daughter loves walking the board walks and make sure to visit each year on vacation.
  • Awesome experience! My kids loved walking the boardwalk and looking for the different birds, gators, fish, and crabs. The lookout point is beautiful! Admission was a good price for a family of 4. Will definitely be back!
  • It is a nice trail. I think it's a little pricey for what you may see and what you most likely won't see

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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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