Loving Life on the Padre Island Seashore

Another chilly winter has come and gone, and most people are now fully in summer planning mode. Many are dreaming of endless sunshine on a toasty beach somewhere, maybe with a cold beverage in hand. Others may be getting excited about adventure trips that include hiking, exploring and water sports. Whatever your idea of summer fun looks like, it is time to get planning and get excited about the long, lazy days summer ahead. The Padre Island National Seashore along the Texas coast is an ideal destination for summer fun. Not only is Padre Island National Seashore (and nearby Corpus Christi) an affordable and luxurious spot for a summer getaway, but it also has a lot to offer besides just gorgeous spots to work on your summer tan. Padre Island National Seashore, located on the Gulf of Mexico just south of Corpus Christi, is a beachy retreat for vacationers of all ages looking to have some fun in the Texas sun.

5 things to do at the Padre Island National Seashore

  1. Learn about the cowboys who used to herd cattle on Padre Island at the Novillo Line Camp. One of the last historic structures still standing within the national seashore, the Novillo Line Camp will give you a glimpse of yesteryear. Ranger-led walks are available Saturdays at 10 am through March 30, where you can learn all about the cowboys who used this space from the late 1800s through 1970. Yee haw!
  2. Catch a sea turtle hatchling release. Watching a sea turtle hatchling release is a unique and fun experience for all ages… If you are willing to get up early and head to the beach for the 6:45 am event! The release dates for 2024 have not been announced yet but should be in the next few months. If you happen to be near Padre Island during a release date, definitely try to see this event for yourself. It will truly leave you in awe of nature and all its beauty.
  3. Boat, paddle or windsurf on the coast. If you’ve explored the beaches of Padre Island, why not try checking out the sea? Launch your vessel from Bird Island Basin Boat Ramp and explore the water beyond the shore. Check the rules and regulations of boats and launch points at the link above and enjoy your day away from the shore!
  4. Explore the seashore with the help of an expert with the Ranger-led Programs Check back regularly to discover the different programs available and prepare to learn while you play. Kids will enjoy the various junior ranger programs that will give them a glimpse into the inner workings of the national seashore and the people who work to maintain it. Adults might enjoy the various ranger-led walks that provide a snapshot of life at the beach.
  5. Last but not least, swim your heart out! Visitors of all ages can enjoy life in the water. Slather on the sunscreen, pop up a beach umbrella and hit the beach! Whether you want to relax in the water on a float, build a sandcastle near the water’s edge or work on your tan, you’ll love every second you spend on the beaches of South Padre Island. Just don’t forget to stay hydrated because the Texas sun can be brutal.

South Padre Island/Corpus Christi lodging

Hatch RV is a great spot to call home during your South Texas vacation. Located in Corpus Christi, just up the coast from South Padre Island, Hatch RV enables you to hit the beach during the day and then enjoy city-living by night. Corpus Christi features tons of exciting activities for guests of all ages, including the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Hatch RV offers a variety of amenities to visitors who want a getaway that blends beach and city life. Come to Hatch RV for the Texas hospitality and convenient location and stay for the natural beauty of the area and beyond. Happy travels!


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