Sandcastle Lessons
Sandcastle Lessons
5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The #1 Beach Activity for families of all ages - from 2 to 92! 1hr, 2hr, and 3 hour experiences including FREE tools for you to keep Team building and school STEM sessions A unique experience Worldwide - exclusive as we are the Sandcastle building capital of the world We supply everything - all the tools and equipment, laughs, entertainment and local guidance - Certified Travel Advisor for South Padre Island and a Google Local Guide! You bring smiles, hats and drinking water You get a toolkit to keep - for FREE 0ver 1200 5-star reviews in 10 years We sell all the tools we use - just ask - before or after your lessons We run the largest sandcastle building trick and tips site in the world on Youtube we are across social media - not hard to find #sand #castle #building #lessons #amazing #fyp
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  • MarkC35625
    Twin Falls, Idaho11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing sandcastle building
    Jeremiah was our sandcastle instructor and he was amazing! He showed us and explained how to make incredible sandcastles. We couldn’t believe how cool our sandcastle looked. Our kids ages 15 and 8 said this was their favorite activity of our vacation to South Padre Island!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Josolyn N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    highly recommend excellent, fun sandcastle lesson
    Our family had such a great time taking the sandcastle lesson from Andy. I would highly recommend! Our entire group enjoyed the class and we purchased the tools so we can continue to build sandcastles on future vacations. It was nice taking the class the first day of vacation so we could build additional castles during our stay on South Padre.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • rs0lis1
    Amarillo, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Lesson
    Went to the activity expecting to just learn how to build a sandcastle but instead gain a lot more knowledge on the science it takes to create. I loved it for our kids! Andy was a great instructor and will sign up every time we are back at the beach.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Voyager230012
    San Antonio, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEST Experience Ever!!!
    Andy was the BEST! This was by far the greatest experience! My kids are still talking about it! He was amazing with each of my 4 kiddos- ages 12-4! He was informative, responsive, engaging and even incorporated engineering and math! The kids had a blast and had no idea they were also learning! A DEFINITE must do while on the island! We will be back!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Tiffany Zacharias
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    We had a great time with Andy. He is a expert and a really good teacher. He was great with the kids And helped us build a fantastic sand castle. We were able to learn how to build a epic sandcastle. Definitely worth checking out !!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Michael C
    Houston, Texas6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Activity for a family or friends ever!
    Andy and Jeremiah were an incredible team to work with. Andy handled all my questions and booking. Jeremiah was our Sand Castle Engineer Extrarodinaire. We booked the 2 hr class for 5. Our group consisted of ages from 2 yrs old to 72 yrs old. It was the BEST family experience ever. Jeremiah was so patient, knowledgeable, entertaining and talented we were blown away. The time went too quickly but we mastered an awesome castle. This is a MUST when visiting SPI. Thank you Andy & Jeremiah.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • 5smith2023
    Cypress, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1 hour lesson
    Our family did the 1hr class with 11,13, and 15 yr olds. They all had a blast! We learned a lot and what we were even able to practice our skills later the same day at the beach. Everyone walking by told us how amazing our sandcastle was even after 1 hr lesson!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • 123
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for it!!!
    I looked at Andy’s 2-hour class for months before biting the bullet (as it’s a little out of our typical activity budget). I am SO glad I went for it. My 16-year old daughter and I had a great and memorable time today! Andy is very knowledgeable and shares the science (which is completely my teen’s style) of sandcastling as you learn. We loved learning all the techniques that we can apply on our future beach trips, then he encourged us to make it our own, standing by to answer questions and provide guidance. This awesome activity was worth every penny!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Courtney J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Family Activity!
    My family and I very much enjoyed the sand castle lessons with Jeremiah! He was so good with our kids (ages 8 YO and 5 YO) which really made the experience all the better. He taught us so many fun techniques to sand building & kept us entertained the entire 2 hour class. It was a great family bonding activity and gave us lots of good ideas to practice on the beach for the rest of our vacation. Thank you, Jeremiah and Sandlecastle Lessons!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Denise D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    I booked these lessons for my son’s 4th birthday. The directions were clear and I was able to find the location very easily. My family was running late, but Jeremiah was very kind and accommodating. It was hard to keep the attention of 2-4 year olds and a 6 year old, but he did a great job. He was patient and very enthusiastic. I have already had a request for the information for these lessons from a friend who was there that weekend bc of how satisfied we were with the service. Thanks again!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
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Krystle M
Colorado Springs, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We did a 3hr private lesson with Andy. It was fantastic. He engaged with all 5 of our kids re ages 4yrs to 9yrs old making it so much fun for the entire family. He showed us how to use each of the tools. We bought the Epic package to be able to take the tools with us. Then we were able to make sandcastles all week on our trip. It was so fun!
Written March 22, 2021
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Erica P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
My family, two daughters 8 & 12, loved everything about this lesson. Andy is amazing. He is not only a great person to teach everyone how to make professional looking sandcastles, but also great to talk with. The whole family was laughing at his jokes the whole time. He not only taught us how to make sandcastles, but also the science behind it all. Andy is worth every penny. Don't let the price scare you, you will never forget this day and you will take the skills he teaches you forever.
Written October 4, 2020
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Thank you Erica We love teaching families how to build sandcastles but to teach the science is just as much fun - even though we do get a lot of "we are on Vacation" looks from children from time to time!! LOL I love talking to new people as it makes my job worth doing every single day see you again soon Andy
Written October 5, 2020
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kimberlydollar
South Padre Island, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
Actually got to sit on the beach Saturday, for the 1st time since CV19 restrictions were imposed... I watched Andy sculpt a sandcastle thanking all "those who give care."
He is truly a talented artist and a gifted teacher who came out on his own accord, donning his face mask, he established social distancing boundaries and began to create a tribute to the healthcare workers. 2 days later the sand sculpture still stands and serves as a photo op for many! THANKS for a great day in the sun Andy! You rock!
Written April 27, 2020
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Thank you Kimberly - It was awesome to see you on our great beach during these strange times! Glad you enjoyed the show and I am sure we will meet gain on the beach!
Written April 28, 2020
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Tracy D
Destin, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Our family of four including two college age kids had an awesome time learning to build a sand castle with Andy. Our less than artistic abilities were no issue for Andy, in the end we had a wonderful castle. One goal I had was to get an awesome Christmas card picture of our family with this fun sculpture and he did not disappoint!
Written May 12, 2021
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Craig
Ashburn, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I can't think of a better person to spend three + hours with learning about the art of making sandcastles. His ability of being able to take someone like me and bring out creativity makes him not only a skilled artist but equally amazing teacher. And to have so much fun doing it - BONUS! Andy Hancock does not do boring! Already planning on next lesson on our return to South Padre Island! Cheers Andy!
Written November 29, 2020
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edK7689FI
Houston, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We did the 3 hour sand castle lesson, and learned things we never would have otherwise figured out. Our kids from 6-13 enjoyed building the castle, and Andy lays things out step by step so we can follow it, and then gives us plenty of time to do it ourselves. The next day, our kids were eager to hit the beach and build a sand castle!

Overall, it was a great experience.
Written March 18, 2021
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Rose H
Dallas, TX29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Another vacay "must do."
So you think you can build a sandcastle...
Take a lesson and discover what you really need to know. Padre is one of the best places to build 'em high to the sky.
However, unless Andy reveals his decades of secrets on sand building...your labor will be in vain & become a leaning tower of mess.

This is a bonding activity for all ages & groups, or perfect for couples or solo.

Andy is from the land down under.
His accent is cool. His knowledge is cooler.

Pack drinks, snacks, hats & sunscreen. He provides the rest. Do something new on your vacay!
Tipping, although not required, is appreciated. A lovely time was had by all my clan. Thanks Andy!
Written June 2, 2020
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amandamaison
Spring, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our sand castle lesson on the beach. Be sure to arrive a little early and get good directions on where to park. We were a bit confused as he sets up in front of a hotel, but it’s not part of the hotel. So they don’t really want you parking there. So cool and amazing to learn how to build an impressive looking sandcastle. We had our two girls age 10 and 16 who learned with us, and it was a great team building family activity with no one on their phones, except to take photos. If you have two hours to spare, and this is in your budget, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Also got a very cool Koozie which I needed for my beer later.
Written November 25, 2020
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Thank you Amandamaison! Our aim is to engage family to work together and encourage creativity without the aid of an electronic device! Phones are part of everyday life now but as you can now testify we can engage teenagers for 2 hours without one. Budgeting is a very important part of family vacations and we hope - and are glad - that we can give real "family time" value for money Parking at the hotel is a little strange as they transition to a different model of working but it is still no problem for families who use our services as the CEO is a big fan! see you again soon
Written November 29, 2020
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jradive
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had five of us, including 3 kids (10 - 14) and had a great time learning new techniques to build sand castles. Andy did a great job entertaining us as well as providing interesting knowledge about not only sand and sand castles, but also other local details and historical tidbits. We would highly recommend a lesson to anyone looking to have a great experience on the beach!
Written March 25, 2024
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carindenyce
Orcutt, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We had such a great time. Alex was a fantastic teacher who leisurely guided us to the creation of a more than 6 ft. tall sandcastle. We learned so much that we did not know about building sandcastles. This was a surprisingly fun family activity for the kids of all all ages (especially Dad). We really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend spending a few hours with Alex and learning a new skill.
Written January 3, 2020
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Hey there! Our lessons are about family fun and involving everyone. Teaching people the science of sand is a fun way to involve all the family it also affords a distraction for everyone including the guy who classically said "I JUST WANNA DIG! The 4 families involved all got something from it including killer pictures, laughs and memories. This is what we do and i don't know who Alex is but he must be a fun guy Just like me Andy! LOL
Written January 5, 2020
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