Location: Nearby. Season: All Seasons

Padre Island National Seashore, one of the nation’s most popular national parks, is located approximately 22 miles south of Port Aransas and is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The visitor’s center is open daily, except Dec. 25. Features: gift shop, exhibits, restrooms, showers and campsites. Park rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs. Much of the beach is accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Nominal entry fee.

Located on the Central Flyway, a major migratory route for birds, about 380 species of birds have been documented within the park.

Padre Island National Seashore is the only area in Texas where nests from five species of sea turtles have been documented. Turtle patrols for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and other species are conducted from late April through mid-July. The National Seashore is also one of the few places people can see newly hatched Kemp Ridley’s released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Visit the Padre Island National Seashore website