What Are The Best Things To Do In North Padre Island

North Padre Island is a barrier island along the coast of Texas. It's known for its distinct, relaxing, coastal style which comes from miles of open beaches and white sand dunes. A very popular vacation destination.

Going to North Padre and you don’t know a thing about what to do there? Well, here we have given you some ideas of what you could do there.

Padre Island Expeditions, LLC

This is a guided fishing charter on the North Padre Island National Seashore. Also, they do historical sightseeing tours, shark fishing, overnight fishing, camping, birdwatching tours and shelling tours.

Malaquite Beach

This is a beach located on the Padre Island and it is a great beach-going spot and a great camping spot.

USS Lexington

In the summer, this tour is open from 9 am to 6 pm. On this tour, you can go and wander on the most highly decorated Essex Class aircraft carrier that has participated in the second world war. The “Blue Ghost” is 16-story high, and it is displaying some military artifacts, and a lot of aircraft, flight simulator, Mess Deck, Ship’s Store, 3d MEGA Theater and 5 Tour routes. This is a National Historic Landmark and it is located on the North Beach. 

The elevator is available now from the deck in the hangar to the flight deck.

Padre Island National Seashore

Only a 15 minutes drive away from downtown is this amazing stretch of white sandy beaches and it is 70 miles long. Here you can enjoy the warm ocean water and scenic dunes. This place offers you conditions for viewing wildlife, birdwatching, camping, windsurfing, beach-combing, fishing, and swimming.

Texas State Aquarium

Here you can discover the magnificent underwater world of Texas. This aquarium has thousands of animals that represent over 460 various species that are ready to inspire, enchant and entertain you. This aquarium is the most popular attraction in North Padre, and since the day it was opened, it welcomed over 12 million tourists. It is located on the North Beach and it is only minutes away from downtown of Corpus Christi district.

Every new visit to this place is different and is a new discovery of animals that are reminding us of our responsibilities to them. It is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is also an accredited member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

This place inspires people to engage with animals, and also makes them appreciate the seas and the support for wildlife.

Horseback Riding on the Beach in North Padre Island

This is an amazing experience. It is a tour where you can go horseback riding on the sand. It is an unforgettable experience, and it is perfect for everyone from groups to couples to families. The best and most fun way to enjoy the beaches.

The company which organizes the tours “Horses on the Beach” is only a couple of minutes away from Bob Hall Pier. And bear in mind, reservations are a must.

Kayaking around North Padre Island

It doesn't matter if you are an adventurous type of person or just looking for some fun while paddling, North Padre Island has definitely a spot for you so you can enjoy.

Be sure to check out the Wind and Wave surf shop just before you go back to your rental.

Bird Watching on North Padre Island

North Padre Island is inhabited with over 390 species of different birds every year. The Padre island is located just in the Central Flyway(which is a route of migration for the birds that are going to and away from South, North, and Central America) and because of that, it is the best place for watching birds.

Golfing on North Padre Island

The home to premier barrier golf courses is the Padre Isles Country Club. This course is flat like other link and seaside courses, but yet, it is offering one the hardest rounds of golf you can find in South Texas. Because of the dunes that are covered in grass and the sea breezes, members of this club named it “the St. Andrews” of the Padre Island.

Water is present at 15 out of 18 holes and it features the hard challenge of the lakes that are strategically placed. 

Padre Isles are also offering to put green, driving range and chipping green. Private lessons and clinics are available also.

​Salons and Day Spas on North Padre

If you want to relax and make yourself prettier, then you should treat yourself with some pedicure or manicure, go for a relaxing massage and enjoy other spa treatments at one of the Day spas or Salons on North Padre Island.

Dining, Island Style

Whether you are a seafood fan in search for the best restaurant, or just looking for a normal lunch, or searching for the best date spot that is romantic, or even want some waterfront grill or a tiki bar, this place has it all. A lot of new restaurants have been opened in North Padre Island, but yet, the locals want more. 

North Padre Island Nightlife

This place is full of bars, lounges or dives where you can dance, enjoy the live music, play a game of shuffleboard or pool and grab a drink. 

We recommend the Pelican Lounge which is dubbed as “The Dirty Bird” because it is not the place for the faint of heart, but yet, it does offer cheap drinks, pool, shuffleboard and great live music.


Whether you are a family guy, part of a group or a couple, here there is stuff to do for everyone, you just have to know where to look for it. Visit amazing beaches, learn about the history of this place, go out to restaurants and bars, do some watersports and you definitely won’t be bored here.

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