Things to Do
Love What You Love More on South Padre Island
On South Padre Island, there are always exciting things to do and fun new activities to try all year long. Each member of your family or group is sure to find something that fits their personality and interests perfectly. If you enjoy getting out and having a crazy new adventure, you can try flyboarding, ziplining, tandem skydiving, surfing, kiteboarding, driving ATVs, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and deep sea fishing. Most of these activities are possible year-round, thanks to South Padre’s mild weather, calm seas, and 300 annual days of sunshine. For those who prefer a calmer approach to the island’s beauty, you can visit South Padre’s nature centers, wildlife refuges, and peaceful boardwalks to get up close and personal with a stunning variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals. You’ll especially love watching tiny, endangered sea turtles enter the water for the first time after hatching in areas protected by local conservationists.
Of course, South Padre offers more than just outdoor fun in the sea and on the shore. If you like to be pampered and take care of your body, enjoy a day at one of South Padre’s luxurious spas, have your nails done at one of our salons, or get your fitness on at the gym. Appreciators of the arts will enjoy visiting the larger than life stone Cristo de los Pescadores, or Christ of the Fishermen, a solemn memorial to fishermen who never returned; you can also make your own art by taking private sandcastle lessons or visiting Art Space, a center offering classes in watercolors, acrylics, oil painting, weaving, pottery and ceramics. For families with children, it’s hard to know where to begin: mini golf and go carts, or water slides at the Schlitterbahn water park? An evening watching the fireworks from the beach, or a sunset cruise staffed by pirates, complete with sword fights, face painting, and a treasure hunt? Whether you want to camp under the stars and wake up to the sound of waves, take a surfing lesson, enjoy the night with live music, food and drinks – or fit it all into one magical, memory-making visit – South Padre Island offers you the chance to do it all.