Padre Island National Seashore

Tropical Trail Region
20420 Park Road 22 Corpus Christi, TX 78418 (361) 949-8068

The Longest Stretch of Undeveloped Barrier Island in the World

Padre Island National Seashore is a barrier island separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre. The park protects 66 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

There's so many ways to enjoy the beach and you can do them all on a visit to Padre Island National Seashore. Recreational activities include beachcombing, fishing, camping, boating, windsurfing, canoeing or kayaking, and more. You can even explore the area with a 4-wheel drive vehicle! One of the more popular and unique activities is watching a hatchling release of Kemp's ridley sea turtle from their nests. Releases typically happen in the summer months from mid-June through August. Padre Island National Seashore is also an important area for migratory birds. Over 380 different species of birds have been seen within the park.

Padre Island National Seashore

20420 Park Road 22 Corpus Christi, TX 78418