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Turtle Time picture in South Padre Island
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Founded in 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. was established to help protect all species of marine turtles. If you're looking to see these fascinating creatures up close, this is the place to go. Volunteers offer presentations about turtle conservation and kid-friendly activities teach your little ones how to identify different types of sea turtles. Your kids will also love the numerous craft sessions offered, including lessons on how to make their own sea turtles from household items. And don't miss your chance to see the littlest residents: every spring, visitors are invited to look on as baby sea turtles are released back into the wild. You also have the opportunity to "adopt" individual sea turtles and nests, the proceeds of which go to helping the center's conservation programs.

Located on the northern end of Padre Boulevard just south of the South Padre Island Convention Center, Sea Turtle, Inc. is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a minimal donation fee. For more information, visit Sea Turtle, Inc.'s website.

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#1 Laguna Madre Nature Trail 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 ... Read more » Bob Balestri / Getty Images

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The Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a great spot for bird-watching.  Bob Balestri / Getty Images

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