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Est. 2012
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SPI Birding Center

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South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center
6801 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78957
956 - 243 - 8179


Hours subject to change with season! Please call ahead to make sure the times have not changed.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily

Board Walks & Nature Trails Open 7 days a week with paid admission, 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset (Turn style system available for credit card payment)

Welcome to South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center

At the southern tip of the world’s longest barrier island, South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is a spectacular introduction to a world-class destination, & a doorway to all this vibrant sand, sun, and surf hotspot has to offer.
A slender thread of land between the shallow Laguna Madre and the rolling Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island anchors the World Birding Center with nature adventures in every season.

The Land

On its 50 acres near the convention center, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center presents a microcosm of the rich habitats that contribute to this very special place. Dune meadows, salt marsh and intertidal flats are all represented here, along with thickets of native shrubs and trees that are irresistible to migrating birds in their season.

Our Birds

South Padre Island is a crucial first landfall – a lifesaver – for birds making an arduous cross-Gulf migration from Southern Mexico and northern Central America. Especially after a spring storm, wooded lots of the island teem with an eye-popping rainbow of warblers, tanagers, orioles and thrushes. Wetlands harbor a range of shorebirds and waterfowl, while endangered species such as the Brown Pelican, Piping Plover and Peregrine Falcon may be found here as well.

Learn and Discover

The Center will offer morning bird walks and interpretive guides of the center and the boardwalks will have programs/lectures by area naturalists, scientists, and generally interesting people.

What else you will find here:

The nature center offers more than 4,800 linear feet of boardwalk, seven bird blinds, and a five story tower with spectacular views of the Laguna Madre, beaches and dunes of South Padre Island, The Gulf of Mexico and the South Padre Island skyline. The auditorium will feature movies and the Nature Gift Store will provide you with fun and educational gifts for all ages.
Our board walks and wetlands will provide you with up-close viewing of spectacular wetland birds, migrating songbirds and the island's dazzling butterfly population.

Admission Fees:

  • Center & Trails Admission
    Adults: $5.00
    Seniors 55 and over: $4.00
    Students 13-18: $4.00
    Children: ages 4 to 12 - $2.00
    Children: 4 and under – FREE with paid attending adult.

  • Passes Available for the Building and the Boardwalks
    7 day pass: $15 / person
    3 month pass: $30/Adult
    $25/Senior or Student
    Annual Passes: $50 Adult
    $40 Senior / Student
    $20 Child (4-12)

  • Annual Supporting Memberships
    $250 - 2 adult annual passes with one 4x8 engraved brick
    $500 - 2 adult annual passes with one 8x8 engraved brick
    $750 - 2 adult annual passes with one 6x12 engraved brick
    $1000+ 2 adult annual passes with one 12x12 engraved bric

  • Life Memberships available as well.

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Visitors as of August 19, 2014