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Laguna Madre Nature Trail free

South Padre Island, TX
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  • Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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According to many, the best way to experience South Padre's wild side is to take a stroll along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a boardwalk that meanders from the South Padre Island Convention Center out to the Laguna Madre wetlands. This is also a major spot for bird-watching: Throughout the year, more than 300 species of birds pass through the South Padre Island area and the Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a great place for you to see them in their natural habitat. The Laguna Madre Nature Trail is open 24 hours a day and access is free.

Right next to the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, you'll find the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center, which offers more bird-watching boardwalk, a five-story viewing tower and an auditorium showing short documentary movies. You'll be able to see different bird and butterfly species as well as other wildlife. Admission for the center is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $2 for children. Visit nature center's website for more information.

Recent visitors rave about the diverse amount of animals they were able to see on the Laguna Madre Trail, specifically the different variety of birds and alligators. They also recommend taking your time and highly suggest visiting the museum at the nearby Birding & Nature Center.

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