10 fun family adventures in South Padre, TX

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South Padre, TX is a popular travel destination for people of all ages. The beach setting and warm temperatures are a treat for those seeking fun in the sun. For families, there are tons of events and activities in South Padre that everyone will enjoy. Here are a few to consider for your trip to South Padre.

1. Parasailing Adventure South Padre Island

There are several companies that offer parasailing for children, teens and adults. Everyone will enjoy “sailing” through the sky as a motorboat glides across the water. Many of the companies that offer these adventures have both small group and private sessions. Children are allowed to parasail as long as they meet certain height requirements and are accompanied by an adult.

2. Fins to Feathers

Consistently ranked as South Padre Island’s #1 dolphin and bird tour experience, experience both dolphins and birds up close and personal with Fins to Feathers. This company offers dolphin, bird, and combo dolphin and bird tours from 1.5 to 2.5 hours in length. Everyone will enjoy the ride on the boat that allows them to experience South Padre’s large dolphin population as well as the various shore birds.

3. Black Dragon Cruises

Voted as one of the top cruise attractions in Texas, get ready to get in touch with your inner pirate. Aye aye, mate! Board a replica of a pirate ship where you’ll meet head pirate Captain Black-Hearted Andy, who will lead you and the family on a 2-hour tour that includes cannon battles, water pistol fights, treasure raids, sword-fighting and much more while you sail the Laguna Madre.

4. SPI Birding and Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary

If you like birds and alligators, the SPI Birding and Nature Center is a must-visit. This is considered as the premier destination for birdwatchers, as a wide assortment of birds dwell here. An alligator sanctuary as well, your family will enjoy learning about these surprisingly fast and cunning reptiles. The Center offers both guided bird walks and Gator Talks.

5. Sandy Feet Sand Castle Services

Learn how to make beautiful sand castles from start to finish. This company offers sandcastle building and sculpting classes. You choose the type of class you desire and your preferred beach. All the tools are provided, you just need a great imagination and a willingness to learn. You’ll learn about the best ways to manipulate sand to build sand castles and other structures. You and the family will also learn specific techniques such as soft pack, hard pack and hand stacking.

6. Museums of Port Isabel

Explore old relics and artifacts from shipwrecks. Tour a real lighthouse and learn how they are important in helping guide ships to safety. Visiting these museums is a great way to learn about the history of Port Isabel while getting the chance to see and even touch actual items from the past. The museum also hosts events throughout the year such as the Day of the Dead Celebration for Halloween and Light House Market Day.

7. Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Beach Resort is one of the most popular water parks on South Padre Island area. As both an indoor and outdoor waterpark, Schlitterbahn offers tons of water fun for people of all ages with rides such as the Wizard’s Waterways, the Storm Chaser, Tempest and much more. With over 25 water rides all interconnected, you’ll feel like you are going through a never-ending maze of water fun. The entire family will enjoy getting wet and wild at Schlitterbahn.

8. Gravity Park

Get ready for thrilling adventures and daring rides that will have you defying gravity. Gravity Park is an adventure theme park that features such rides as the infamous The Rocket, which is the tallest reverse-bungee in the world. There are both children and adult go-karts, trampolines, a large elevated swing known as the SkyCoaster, and a climbing wall. When you are ready to take the adventure down a notch, you can enjoy a relaxed game of mini-golf.

9. South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center

Come experience sea life up close and personal. At this nature center, touching is allowed! Everyone will enjoy visiting the Sea Life Center where touch tanks allow you to learn more about various marine animals. Reach out your hands and touch starfish, snails, crabs and much more. Dolphin tours are also available with Rozzi, the friendly dolphin dog, on board during the tour.

10. Funtrackers Family Fun Center

Open nights and weekends, this is an indoor amusement center that features batting cages, go-karts, miniature golf and much more. This place is fun for kids of all ages. When everyone has worked up and appetite, head on over to the on-site restaurant, The Raceway Café, for kid-approved foods like burgers, fries, pizza, and chicken strips. They also serve sandwiches for the big kids at heart.
This article was written by Nonah Renata, a freelance writer and travel blogger with a penchant for adventure. Working with Franke Rentals, she hopes to inspire travelers to get out and try new and exciting experiences wherever they can be found.

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