NATURE ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Dolphin Research & Sealife Center
If you want to get up close and personal with our dolphins, there are many dolphin watch boats that tour our waters to see the dolphins or you can join the study team for a private tour. Either way our dolphins will thrill all who see them. Please remember it is against the law to swim with the dolphins, feed or touch wild dolphins.
110-A North Garcia, Port Isabel, TX
Open daily from 10:30 to 6:30 with a 11:00 and 2:00 nature program.
Located Between the Lighthouse
& Pirate's Landing in Port Isabel
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Turtles have feelings too. Did you know that picking a turtle up by its shell without supporting the tummy is like being lifted by our finger, toe nails or hair? Founded by Illa Loetscher, affectionately known as the "Turtle Lady", this enviro-friendly organization is dedicated to caring for and educating the public about endangered sea turtles. Located at 6617 Padre Blvd. For more information call (956) 761-1720 or go to www.seaturtleinc.com. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you see a sea turtle, call the TURTLE HOTLINE (956) 380-9677.
The University of Texas
Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory
The Coastal Studies Labor-atory studies and exhibits marine life such as crustaceans and marine vertebrates, and plant life. A satellite of the University of Texas Pan American, the lab is open to the public Sunday through Friday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The lab is also open for group tours, by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Located in Isla Blanca Park, near the north pavilion, there is no charge to visit the lab, but there is a $4.00 per vehicle charge to enter the park. For additional information or to schedule a tour call (956) 761-2644, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check their website.
South Padre Island Convention Centre
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Built in 1992, this modern, airy, and colorful building located four miles north of the Queen Isabella causeway was created to host a wide variety of events. Primary facilities include 22,500 square feet of column free exhibit space, 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms, a conference theater for 300, and a gorgeous view of the Laguna Madre Bay. This is the site of spectacular sunsets, a wide stretch of sand flats, (which allows vehicular access to the bay) and miles of undeveloped coast. Visitors have access across the nearby marsh grass by taking the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a boardwalk system that allows nature lovers to watch birds and to spot our resident alligator family. (See NATURE TOURISM)
Another stunningly beautiful site to see at the Convention Centre is the famous "Whaling Wall #53" by acclaimed environmental artist Wyland.