We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sandcastle Lessons

2612 Gulf Bvld, South Padre Island, TX
+1 956-433-9948
Website
Improve this listing
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's on South Padre Island. Our aim is to make... more » Owner description: We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's on South Padre Island. Our aim is to make your vacation one to remember, and we supply everything - you just bring your smile. We recommend that you secure your booking before your visit by e-mail, phone or text(please include your name if texting). Instructor Andy Hancock will be pleased to help you build the castles of your dreams using 3 simple steps and no previous experience or creative ability is necessary. Our job is to make sure that in one lesson you have all the skills you will need for a lifetime of building on the beach. We don't watch the clock as we are too busy watching our clients have fun.We even include tools for the truly inspired! - See you on the best beach in Texas! « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Write a Review

271 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    265
    5
    0
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dousman, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great team building experience. Recommend anyone looking for something that just speaks of SPI to do this. Great Job Andy.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Austin, Texas, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

After a lesson with Andy this morning the only thing I regret is not doing this sooner! My 4 and 8 year old boys and I had a wonderful time. My 4 year old stayed amazingly engaged for the full 2 hours and both boys wanted to stay longer. Andy was so great with them and taught them so much... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth, Texas
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We visited SPI and accidentally ran into Andy Hancock, the artist who sculptures trees and builds fantastic sand castles. He was sculpting three palm trees that had been cut down by the city because of electric lines. He crafted a parrot, a baker and what looked like a tiki image on a third tree. He worked quickly and the shapes... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
La Porte, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My niece lives on SPI and had used Andy to build 2 sandcastles. She spoke very highly of him so when we decided to vist SPI my grandson's birthday was around the corner. All he kept talking about was building a sandcastle at the beach, lol. I contacted Andy by e-mail and told him what I wanted, a large dinosaur,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We hired Andy to come to our hotel and do a sand sculpting lesson with the wedding party. We built a heart shaped sculpture to commemorate our wedding. Andy was great, not just a great sand artist but a great person. He showed up early and got everything ready then got everyone hands on in the building. Everyone agreed that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lubbock, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

we had an awesome time making a sandcastle with Andy. People who saw our castle couldn't believe that it was the first one we had ever made..... Andy was very friendly and patient. It was an amazing 2 hours. We plan to do it again next time we visit! thanks Andy!

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Antonio, Texas, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Andy, a true artist with sand, and true larger than life personality, is an experience not to be missed while visiting SPI. Our 9 yr old wasn't so keen on the idea, initially, but he was totally enthralled and loving life when I went to collect him after 90 mins,( as it was part of the hotel's kids entertainment package)... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Antonio, TX
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
42 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Grandma, five grandkids, and their mom and dad had a blast on a hot Thursday morning. Andy had tarps up, so we weren't burning, sun wasn't in our eyes, and the sand is goopy wet. Who knew how much water you need to use to actually get your pieces to come and stay together? Andy, that's who! My grandkids are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We spent 4 days in SPI and by far spending time with Andy and learning how to build Sandcastles was one of the best times we had there. He teaches you science and architecture with out you even knowing. Such an amazing person he is. Great with the kids and makes everyone feel comfortable. He encourages everyone to use their... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Houston, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My grandkids, kids, and Papa and myself - ages 16 to - all had a great time with Andy. We each left as sandcastle engineers with an artistic flare! Who knew? What a wonderful two hours of fun and creating castles and animals and all sorts of things! Thanks, Andy! You're the best!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Sandcastle Lessons also viewed

South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
 
South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
 

Been to Sandcastle Lessons? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing