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Padre Island National Seashore

Address: PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300
Phone Number: (361) 949-8068
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A 15-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi transports you to this magnificent 70-mile stretch...
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Type: Islands, Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A 15-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi transports you to this magnificent 70-mile stretch of white sand beach, scenic dunes and warm ocean water, offering ideal conditions for swimming, fishing, beach-combing, windsurfing, camping, bird-watching and viewing wildlife.
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Keego Harbor, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A must if you're in South Texas. Miles of undeveloped dunes and beaches. What more is there to add. The visitor center has a small education center, and gift shop, but that was pretty much the only development in the park.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

So my wife and I went yesterday but stayed in the bay and drove across the bridge. It took about 30 minutes to get there which isn't bad. The sand is very soft like powder which was a huge difference from the sand at our hotel which was brown, grainy and full of broken shells. Driving on the beach is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Padre Island National Seashore is beautiful. We were there on a cold & windy day but loved it. The volunteers at the center were full of information & we're getting ready to take a group on a birding tour. I would highly recommend this as a #1 stop if you are anywhere near the area!

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Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Many years ago I had a Ford van set up for camping . On my brother's advise I drove onto the sand , Turned right and drove for 3 hours . Saw no one for the last hour . Then set up camp . It was wonderfully isolated especially at night . Stars and meteorites . Some like minded people... More 

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Brookfield, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

out of the way NOTHING but ocean out there CHECK GAS GAUGE before you go... there are no services.. campground clean and few sites, extremely windy come prepared.... FYI be mindful of other campers keep voices down, and be respectful of them wanting to sleep before 2 am!! want to go back at a better time of year.. it was... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Beautiful and well staffed by the Rangers. We camped on the beach and saw jellyfish, starfish, sand dollars along with a variety of sea shells. The gift shop is good and they have birdwatching and other walks that we would of joined if we would of stayed longer. The only glitch was someone stole our firewood.

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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

stunning seashore area, unspoiled. this is NOT the area the college kids take over at spring break (that's padre island a couple hundred miles south). nice white beach, has some picnic tables and covered areas, also has a visitor center, restaurant showers and snack shop at the beach. there is an area you can drive on the beach as well,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

You can spend a week at Padre Island and not get it all done. We speak from experience. First, there are all the outdoor things to do. If you're energetic you can kayak, boat, swim, surf. Yes, surf. The waves aren't huge like the west coast, but that didn't stop a number of boogie boarders. Many visitors like to surf... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The weather was not great when we visited so we didn't spend a lot of time on the beach, but it was not crowded and we enjoyed being able to drive on the beach and access it from so many areas.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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112 reviews 112 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I'd never been to the Texas shore before. We drove to Padre Island from San Antonio for a day trip (about 2.5 hours each way). The beach is vast and on a Tuesday was almost empty. We saw two people when we arrived, and a few fisherman arrived to fish from the shore as we were leaving. You can walk... More 

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