Padre Island National Seashore has more than 70 miles of magnificent coastline, prairies, wind tidal flats, and dunes, creating a wealth of recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. Sea turtles nest in the area and over 380 species of birds call the region home, making it a great destination for birdwatchers.
Along with excellent swimming opportunities, you can also kayak the Laguna Madre. During certain times of the year, you may even be able to view a sea turtle hatchling release, something that few people get to witness in their lifetime.
Camping is another favorite activity for visitors to Padre Island National Seashore. The campgrounds are open year-round and are all available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The locations are primitive, but RV water filling and dump stations are available to all campers. You do need a permit to camp, even for tent camping on the beach.
If you head to the Gulf of Mexico side of Padre Island National Seashore, you can even head out on horseback to explore the area. Just make sure to avoid the beaches in front of Malaquite Pavilion and Malaquite Campground, as they are not permitted in those areas. Padre Island National Seashore is incredibly pet-friendly, making this an ideal destination for you and your dog. Your pooch must remain on a leash at all times during your visit. As long as you follow that rule, your furry companion is welcome in the various camping areas and on over 60 miles of shoreline.
Dogs can also take a dip in the Gulf during their visit, giving them a place to cool off during the warm summer months or simply spend some time frolicking in the waters. Plus, they are allowed in the rinse-off showers near the pet access trail, allowing you to clean them up before you head back to your car.
If you bring your dog to Padre Island National Seashore, make sure to have baggies with you. That way, you can promptly remove any pet waste, leaving the area as clean as you found it.