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Things to do in South Padre Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“A facility that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rescue injured turtles. They protect see turtles and hatchling back into the wilds.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“During summer months , Labor Day to Memorial Day, a great place to have dinner and watch the fireworks over the Laguna Madre Bay every Thursday and Friday night at 9:15 PM”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great music, drinks, and food. They have something always going on. Fireworks on weekends during summer.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Want to learn about all kinds of birds and wildlife that live on the Padre Islands (north and south)? This is the place for you to visit.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Walking distance for a hearty breakfast, coffee and smoothies! Don’t forget to stop by! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“They have the best beer & wine selection on the island. They get really busy on the weekends, so go there during the week.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent food and service. Sit at the bar with the locals to hear the latest fishing reports. Cook your own catch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Right on the beach in San Padre Island. They have a local band Pelican West which plays live music. They always get the crowd involved in the entertainment. While at Wanna wanna you can walk right onto the beach and see the wonderful scenes .”
  • 28 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Great live music on the Bay to relax and have a drink with some boiled gulf shrimp. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Resort
“Outdoor water parks, opened seasonally from April to mid September. It is a theme park”
  • 21 locals recommend
Resort
“Nice little water park that's fun for something different if you get tired of the beach and pool and still want a water activity.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Best Lemon Drop Martinis 🍸 Delicious Lobster 🦞 Bisque Don’t forget to order the Chocolate Bomb Dessert Call in a reservation during 🌅 hour! Summer Friday & Saturday Nights have bonus fireworks show at 9! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Flights of the beer they make onsite, cheese curds, fried pickles, fresh oysters and super friendly staff make this a great place for HH or a dinner with your family. Sit on the deck and you can watch the sunset over the bay. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
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“Fabulous breakfast with gourmet coffee. Beans are imported and ground in-house.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“They have it all: great food, bar and water sprots including bay fishing charters.”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Extensive selection of seafood, burgers & steaks, some with a cajun twist. Arguably the best fried shrimp on the island, and their stuffed crabs are great! For a large appetite, the whole, deep-fried red snapper is incredible.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“During summer months , Labor Day to Memorial Day, a great place to have dinner and watch the fireworks over the Laguna Madre Bay every Thursday and Friday night at 9:15 PM”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“Great music, drinks, and food. They have something always going on. Fireworks on weekends during summer.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Walking distance for a hearty breakfast, coffee and smoothies! Don’t forget to stop by! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“They have the best beer & wine selection on the island. They get really busy on the weekends, so go there during the week.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Excellent food and service. Sit at the bar with the locals to hear the latest fishing reports. Cook your own catch. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Right on the beach in San Padre Island. They have a local band Pelican West which plays live music. They always get the crowd involved in the entertainment. While at Wanna wanna you can walk right onto the beach and see the wonderful scenes .”
  • 28 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“Great live music on the Bay to relax and have a drink with some boiled gulf shrimp. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Best Lemon Drop Martinis 🍸 Delicious Lobster 🦞 Bisque Don’t forget to order the Chocolate Bomb Dessert Call in a reservation during 🌅 hour! Summer Friday & Saturday Nights have bonus fireworks show at 9! ”
  • 14 locals recommend

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