Area Attractions

North Padre Island, Texas is a sunny paradise featuring pristine beaches, warm water and sunny skies! The Texas Gulf Coast has activities for everyone including jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, surfing and much more! No matter when you visit, the Texas Gulf Coast Padre is a premier destination for fun and relaxation!

If you are looking for a way to spend your day when not at the beach, check out this list of local attractions in the North Padre Island TX area.

Hurricane Alley Water Park

Hurricane Alley Waterpark specializes in fun for the entire family with attractions for all ages! The Diamond, the baseball themed spray deck, is open to the public and is a common area shared with the Hooks game-goers. The 3-story and 6-story waterslides, Momentum, Storm Chaser and Cat5, are sure to give everyone a thrill. The Gulf Stream, the winding lazy river, provides guests with a relaxing escape from the summer heat. Captain Kid’s Cove provides the little ones with a stimulating atmosphere. The cove is complete with Hurricane Alley Waterpark Waterpark own kid-sized aircraft carrier, the USS Dusty, complete with cannons and waterslides. The Storm Surge, the 12,000 sq ft wave pool, and Riptide Hideaway Bar for the adults, are sure to wash away your worries. No need to leave the water, just swim up to the bar and enjoy! Our private cabana rentals provide guests with the ultimate luxury VIP experience. And don’t forget Shredder, the only stand up surf simulator in town!

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

FLORA, FAUNA and FUN are keywords for the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, one of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities! The 182-acre venue showcases 11 uniquely-designed floral exhibits and gardens, including the 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, new 1800 square-foot Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory, Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory, seasonal Plumeria Garden with viewing ramp, plus Rose Garden and massive Rose Pavilion, delightful Hummingbird Garden, desert-like Arid Garden and “artscaped” Sensory Garden. Meet the Botanical Gardens’ Resident Reptiles and vibrant Exotic Parrot collection. Take a walk on the wetlands boardwalk or pack a book to rest and relax in any of the gardens! Visit this key site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. You won’t want to miss a tour in the “birdiest city in America”.

Texas State Aquarium

Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium! Thousands of animals representing over 500 different species are ready to enchant, entertain, and inspire you. Conveniently located on North Beach, the Texas State Aquarium is just minutes from Corpus Christi’s downtown district, convention center complex, and museums. Every visit to the Texas State Aquarium is a new and exciting discovery of animals that remind us all of our responsibility to those whose world we share. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Aquarium’s mission is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Releases

Hatchling releases typically occur from mid-June through August. Most releases that are open to the public take place at 6:45 a.m. on Malaquite Beach in front of the Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Water Dog

Floating Yoga, SUP yoga and fitness classes held on the water for everyone of all ages; including experienced & inexperienced yogis, children, seniors, visitors and even dogs!

Horses on the Beach

Horses On The Beach in Corpus Christi is focused on offering the unique experience of riding horseback on the beach to both young and old, beginner and advanced, and anyone in between.

361Kite - Kiteboarding Lesson Center

Since 2014 361KITE has provided safe and professional Kiteboarding Lessons in Corpus Christi and the surrounding South Texas areas. PASA Certified Kiteboard Instructors have the experience and knowledge to guide you through the early fundamental stages on your way to becoming an independent and safe kiteboarder.