Top Activities to Do in South Padre Island

If you’re planning to stay at Beach Park at Isla Blanca or even if you’re just visiting the water park, you might be wondering about what other activities you can do. Although the beaches at South Padre Island in Texas have always been a big attraction for tourists, there are other fun things to do here that you and your family shouldn’t miss.

Beach Park Rides and Attractions
The best thing about South Padre Island is the tropical feel as compared to other Texas beaches. Our wide, clean sands and blue waters are an attraction unto themselves, and when staying at the Resort, you wake up inside a waterpark and next to the beach!

From tidal wave torrent rivers to relaxing lazy rivers, the nearly two dozen attractions provide entertainment for all ages and all thrill levels, spread across almost 25 acres of South Texas paradise.

From the innovative, award-winning Transportainment river system (part transportation, part sport, part entertainment) that magically floats you from ride to ride without ever getting out of your tube to the multi-story Sandcastle Cove (voted a Top 5 Kid’s Waterpark Attraction in the entire country by USA Today), you are in control of how you relax or play.

Places to Relax and Refresh
Beach Park has plenty of lush vegetation, shade and places to kick back and enjoy Island life. Multiple man-made beaches allow entry into river systems a breeze, multiple swim-up bars are located throughout the property and of course, both the Shrimp Haus and Seaside Grill full-service (and year-round) restaurants provide Gulf views with great food!

Pirate Adventure
Located along the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island has lots of pirate tales to tell, and joining a pirate cruise is a very interactive way of learning about the town’s pirate legends. Board a 17th-century galleon replica amid the sound of cannon fires and get ready to be entertained by costumed actors and activities like face painting and treasure hunts.

Sand Art
If you time your visit in October, you can witness the world’s best sand sculptors battle it out in a sand art contest. The annual weekend-long Sand Castle Days features sand castle building competitions for both professionals and amateurs. You’ll surely enjoy watching the entries that range from large castles to sculptures of famous people.

Design Your Own Stay
When visiting Beach Park, only your imagination limits what you can do!  Spend some extra time on the tropical tip of Texas and experience dolphin

Watches, a World Birding & Nature Center, both bay and deep sea fishing, Pirate excursions, parasailing, skydiving and so much more. You can even get private sandcastle building lessons.

No trip is complete without a visit to Sea Turtle, Inc., one of the world’s renowned locations for rescues and rehabilitation.

Sea turtles travel to South Padre Island to lay their eggs each year. Some get sick or injured during the journey, and Sea Turtle, Inc. rescues and rehabilitates more than 100 turtles annually until they’re ready for release back into the wild. As for the eggs, there’s no way to predict when they’ll hatch, but follow the organization’s FB page to be informed of when public releases take place.

A variety of bird species also call South Padre Island home, and bird lovers and enthusiasts can see both the permanent residents and seasonal species during a bird watching cruise.   Visit for a comprehensive list of all the things to do.

The More, the Merrier!
Enjoying activities and all the things to do on South Padre Island is always more fun in a group. Beach Park offers significant savings to company   retreats and picnics, school groups, youth and non-profit organizations and many more. Behind the scenes tours and team-building activities can also be arranged.

But Wait, There’s More!
Beach Park offers a number of meeting and banquet spaces capable of hosting from 10 -500+ people! Spaces that overlook the beach, private conference rooms and even rooftop venues are available for rental. Beach Park has hosted over 200 weddings and receptions the past five years, so you can rest assured we pay attention to the details no matter the occasion.  The Shrimp Haus, a preferred caterer of the SPI Convention Centre, has a large, varied menu that is sure to satisfy every appetite….and budget!  Capable of catering anywhere on the Island and neighboring Port Isabel, the Shrimp Haus has long been an Island favorite and has catered groups of over 1,000 frequently.