Padre Island National Seashore is located about 25 minutes away from Corpus Christi, Texas. The park is accessible from a causeway connecting Corpus Christi and Padre Island. The Laguna Madre, a saltwater lagoon, is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by the undeveloped National Seashore. The park consists of 70 miles of shoreline, sand dunes, and prairies. The National Seashore is a nesting beach for endangered sea turtles with its efforts to recover the populations of five species.
During the summer months, plan your visit around the hatching of sea turtle nests and watch as they are released to the wild. Enjoy windsurfing on the Laguna Madre which is one of the top windsurfing locations in the United States. Year-round beachcombers enjoy discovering treasures that the currents have washed to shore. During the winter, thousands of birds migrate through the park making it a popular spot for birdwatching.
Padre Island National Seashore is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The five campgrounds within the park are also open year-round though there may be closures due to poor weather or surf conditions. If planning to camp, reservations are not accepted. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Plan to arrive early, especially if traveling during the spring and summer months.