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Things to Do on South Padre Island

List of Activities to Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

South Padre Island, Texas offers a great variety of family activities and things to do. Plenty of options from water sports to nature require important decisions to be made as to what your family actually wants to do. Depending on the length of time, and the budget allotted, you can build your best vacation with little effort at all. All you need to do is reference (bookmark or print off) this page and plan what you want to do next!

South Padre Island Bay Fishing

Bay Fishing

SPI Bay Fishing - (956) 761-1389 - 2305 Laguna Blvd

The Laguna Madre Bay is known to be one of the best fishing grounds in the world. There is incredible fishing all along the shallow flats, with anglers reeling in Red Snapper, Spotted Trout, Flounder and other great salt water fish. Bay fishing can be a great time whether you are a die hard fisherman, or just looking for a fun family experience.

South Padre Island Birding Center

Birding Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center - (956) 243-8179 - 6801 Padre Boulevard

The South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center provides a great opportunity for residents and tourists to learn about birds, fish, animals and the environment. With an emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness, the birding center cab be a fun and educational activity. There is also a great nature walk through the birding estuary.

Deep Sea Fishing - South Padre Island

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing on the Hook - (956) 207-4565

Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico produces some of the best off shore charter fishing one can do. Fishing trip lengths vary from a few hours to a few days, and you can catch Yellow Fin Tuna, Marlin, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Cobia and other large saltwater fish. Most excursions include all fishing tackle, cleaning and bagging of the fish. Most deep sea fishing charters are available in the marina near the Sea Ranch.

Island Fitness Center - South Padre Island

Fitness Center/ Gym

Island Fitness - (956) 761-4220 - 5800 Padre Blvd # 201

Island Fitness gym and fitness center on South Padre Island is a great place to stay in shape while on vacation. The fitness center is equipped with aerobic machines, weights and other great devices to keep you looking trim and fit. Stop by the gym next time you are in town. It is located directly across the street from Air Padre Kiteboarding.

Horesback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horses on the Beach - (956) 761-4677(HOSS) - 8805 Padre Blvd.

Interested in horseback riding along the beach and bay? South Padre Island offers some great horseback riding tours on the north end of the island. Enjoy guided trips along the dunes and beaches of South Padre by qualified trail guides. Other options available are: ATV rentals, petting zoo, 4X4 beach cruises, mega truck beach safaris, sea turtle nesting beach patrols, and more!

Kayaking Rentals on South Padre Island

Kayak Rentals

Air Padre Kayak Rentals - (956) 299-9463 - 5709A Padre Blvd.

Kayak rentals on South Padre Island are a great way to see the sights of the Laguna Madre with family and friends. Single, tandem, glass bottom, fishing and surf kayaks are all available to rent daily. Direct access to the water from the launch makes for an easy adventure that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. All equipment is provided: life jackets, kayaks, and paddles.

Rent Kayaks on South Padre

Kiteboarding Lessons on South Padre Island

Kiteboarding Lessons

Air Padre Kiteboarding - (956) 299-9463 - 5709A Padre Blvd.

Learn how to kiteboard in the best place in the nation to do so. Kiteboarding on South Padre Island offers easy learning due to shallow/ warm water, steady winds, calm Laguna Madre bay, and boat assistance by Air Padre Kiteboarding. Kiteboarding lessons are usually about 3 hours and include all of the necessary gear. Other sports available are kite landboarding, kite buggying, and kite surfing.

Kiteboarding Lessons South Padre


Parasailing/ Jet Skis

Parrot Eyes Water Sports - (956) 761-9457 - 5801 Padre Blvd

Looking to go parasailing or rent jet skis on South Padre Island? Well, if so check out Parrot Eyes Water Sports located directly next to Air Padre Kiteboarding. Fly high above the Laguna Madre while parasailing single or tandem. Or you can drive your own wave runner at fast speeds around the bay with family and friends.

Sea Turtle Inc.

Sea Turtle Rescue Center

Sea Turtle Inc. - (956) 761-4511 - 6617 Padre Blvd

Sea turtle nesting on South Padre is another great attribute we have on the beaches. If you get the chance to witness these wonderful events you are truly lucky. Sea Turtle Inc. provides a sanctuary for injured sea turtles to be rejuvenated and released back into the wild. Stop by to learn about the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, and how to protect the friendly guys in the future.

Sea Turtle Inc.

Skydiving South Padre Island


Skydive South Padre - (956) 744-JUMP - 1500 Gulf Blvd

Skydiving over South Padre Island provides for the absolute best view of the island. Jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet over the sandy beaches and Gulf of Mexico makes for an exhilarating rush. Join Skydive South Padre every season for their high flying action. No experience is necessary and you even get a video recording of yourself during free fall.

Surfing Lessons South Padre

Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

Air Padre - (956) 299-9463 - 5709A Padre Blvd.

Interested in renting a Stand up paddleboard on South Padre Island? Check out Air Padre for a great selection of SUPs ranging from small to large in size. Stand up paddleboarding is a new sport, half mix between surfing and kayaking. The sport is easy and only requires a small amount of balance and technique.

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Sunset Dinner Cruise - Southern Wave

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sail South Padre Island - (956) 772-7245 - 201 W. Pike

Sunset Dinner Cruises on SPI make for a romantic and peaceful end to the day. The sailboats take off from the docks on the Laguna Madre and cruise the channels during sunset hours. Dinner is provided on the tour, and the views are amazing! The large catamaran has ample room for many guests to ride along and enjoy the island from the water.

Surfing Lessons South Padre

Surfing Lessons and Rentals

Air Padre - (956) 299-9463 - 5709A Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island is home to the best surfing in the Gulf of Mexico. Surf lessons or surfboard rentals are a great way to capitalize on the waves during your vacation to SPI. No experience is necessary to learn how to surf, and all equipment is provided. With beginner specific boards, the qualified instructors will get you up and riding in no time.

Surfing Lessons on SPI

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Dive South Padre - (956) 761-2030 - 33256 Park Road 100, Suite 104

See the Gulf of Mexico up close and personal by scuba diving or snorkeling off the coast of South Padre Island, Texas. Several charter boats give you access to world-class diving just offshore. Sunken ships, reefs and spectacular underwater marine life make for a great family excursion. Book your trip today for an experience of a lifetime while diving off the coast of South Padre Island.

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