The Whaling Walls are a beautiful series of murals all over the world by marine life artist Robert Wyland. There are 100 such whaling walls in existence and they are created to increase awareness and conservation efforts for whales.
This trail is one of free South Padre Island things to do and offers an excellent introduction to island’s rich wildlife. The trail is 1500 foot long boardwalk that crosses the marshes and takes you to the lagoon.
The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is located right next to the Convention Center and is one of the most popular attractions on the island. There are many things to do at the center including a butterfly garden, birding trails, a watchtower, and an alligator sanctuary and all of them are included in a low fee.
Sea Turtle Inc is located next to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and is worth a visit. It serves as a hospital for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles before releasing them into the ocean.
The South Padre Island Visitor Center is a great place to learn more about the island attractions, eateries, and hotels, as well as the events taking place on the island. The staff is friendly, knows the island well, and can guide visitors to many attractions.