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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: National Parks, Beaches, Islands, 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: National Parks, Beaches, Islands, 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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Florence, Montana
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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Padre Island National Seashore in Dec-Feb is a great place to get away from the cold of the northern states. It is fairly unpopulated so driving or camping on the some 70 miles of beach allows you to easily find a place to be alone and not feel cramped. Driving on the beach is a lot of fun and you... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

it was clean, empty and awesome. Saw plenty of birds and some shells. Got there a little later in the morning.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Once u pass the north entrance sign along main road there is a building w.a drive up window.. it is 10 dollars for a 7 day access pass. The guest center offers a bathroom, bath house, gift shop, info center, tours, and two 2 story vantage point look outs. There are feet cleaning stations on the south access boardwalk. Trash... More 

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Lee, NH
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72 reviews 72 reviews
52 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had thought to camp here but our tent is not meant for cold and windy. So we made it a day trip and enjoyed it. There is only access to the first 5 miles of beach by car unless you have 4 wheel drive, but the beach was empty, and really, we just needed a few miles to walk... More 

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Waxahachie, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

I helped with a beach clean up so I feel the beaches are ready for visitors now. There are areas where you can drive on the beaches and areas that are marked off for foot traffic only, so makes them great areas for families with children.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a beautiful national park. If you want miles of driveable beach, peace, or even surf fishing; this park is for you. It is truly an undeveloped area and a great place to just relax and enjoy the waves.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

PINS is a great place to visit if you are looking for "undeveloped" beaches. Granted, at times there is a lot of "marine debris" on the beach, but this is out of the control of the park staff since it is due to the location of the beach, the prevailing winds, and the gulf stream current constantly "depositing" the refuse... More 

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Uvalde, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There are beautiful beaches and also Bob Hall Pier for fishing. I enjoy fishing and walking in the sand looking for sea shells.

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Dallas , TX
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Been here three times and love this place. Driving on seashore is very cool. Especially in thanksgiving season, lot of "man of war" the blue jellyfish. Everything in Texas is big, here is an another example.

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Danville
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The only reason being the trash, I couldn't get over such a beautiful place being so nasty with trash. We couldn't even put a blanket down without moving something. We ended up taking a truck load out. I don't know if it's always like this but it was terrible. I do understand that the trash comes from Mexico and ships... More 

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