Enjoy horseback rides along the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre on South Padre Island. Open year-round with horses suited for riders of all experience levels, ages 6 and up. Groups welcome. 956/761-HOSS (4677). www.horsesonthebeach.com.
features more than a mile of clean, white beach, picnic and playground areas, two beachfront pavilions, fishing jetty, restaurants and clubs, a full-service marina with daily charters, a water park, a 1,000-foot sea walk, and boat ramp. Camping facilities include RV sites with full hookups. Open ...
Modern hotels and motels edge several miles of the Gulf at the island's southern tip. Farther north, the island is entirely natural. (There is no bridge or ferry between South and North Padre.) Gently sloping beaches are perfect for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing.
Splash into water attractions, including slides, tube chutes, uphill water coasters, the Sand Castle water fun house, the Boogie Bahn surfing ride and the award-winning Rio Aventura. Includes a restaurant and sports bar, and free use of inner tubes. Call or check website for schedules. Admission ...
The living museum of the "Turtle Lady," Ila Loetscher. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun. and from Memorial Day through Labor Day open until 5 p.m. Suggested donation. 6617 Padre Blvd. 956/761-4511. www.seaturtleinc.org.
Features marine life and representative examples from the Gulf and Laguna Madre, including fish, mollusks, plants, as well as an extensive seashell collection. Open 1:30–4:30 p.m. Sun.–Fri.; closed major holidays. 100 Marine Lab Drive in Isla Blanca Park. 956/761-2644. www.utpa.edu/csl.
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