Schlitterbahn Waterpark

#6 in Best Things To Do in South Padre Island
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33261 State Park Road 100

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Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.0scorecard
  • 2.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Keeping your kids entertained at the beach can be difficult. So when the weather starts to swelter and the little ones are bored of the shore, head to Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Here you'll find water rides, a surfing machine, a hot tub bar and a giant sandcastle play area that are sure to amuse. When it comes to keeping everyone's tummy from rumbling, the park is home to a variety of concession stands as well as the Shrimp Haus Restaurant. You're also welcome to bring your own picnic.

Past travelers said the park is great way to spend the day, especially if you have kids who are tired of the beach. Although, some warn that prices are high and the food is less than mediocre. 

Sitting at the southern end of the island, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is generally open daily between mid-May and mid-August. You can secure a one-day pass for around $55 per adult; discounts are available for children. For more information on admission and hours, visit the park's website.

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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 runs from the South Padre Island Convention Centre 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, 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 to the center costs $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children. Visit nature center's website for more information.

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