South Padre Island Attractions

South Padre Island has a variety of attractions to enjoy on your next beach vacation! There’s more to South Padre Island than you might think.


Sea Turtle, Inc is a non-profit organization 501(C)(3). The sole source of income is public donations which are used to achieve the three missions. Specifically, donations help with the upkeep of the sea turtles housed at the facility. This includes food, medications, heaters, filters, water and electricity. Donations are also used to support Sea Turtle, Inc.’s educational programs. About 20% of our donations are sent around the world to fund alternative resource and conservation projects involving sea turtles.


More Than A Waterpark!

Ranked #1 Kid-Friendly attraction by Texas Family Magazine.

Experience the best the gulf coast has to offer… a 25-acre beachfront paradise. Enjoy nearly two dozen world-class attractions, roar down 13 amazing indoor and outdoor water slides, or float one of the multiple river systems.


Our famous dolphin watch and eco-cruise Cruise aboard either the Xcape or the Getaway for an hour an half and enjoy watching some of natures most fascination animals. We will drag a net and bring aboard sealife for you to see up close. Experienced crew will identify and explain the catches. All creatures are returned safely to the bay. Bring Your Camera!

  • “Early Bird Cruise” 10:30am to 12:30 noon
  • “Afternoon Cruise”  1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • “Sunset Cruise” (Time varies with season call 956-761-2212)


The Black Dragon is a modern day replica of a 17th century galleon. Below the water line, she’s a modern sea-worthy vessel with the latest marine technology. Above the water, she’s a trip to a time and place where the likes of Jean Lafitte sailed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, making port here in Port Isabel. Legend has it that Lafitte took refuge in this area and dug a well in Laguna Vista. Local ranchers formed business alliances with pirates who sailed their contraband between the Rio Grande and Corpus Christi. Now, you can sail the same waters with Osprey Cruises aboard The Black Dragon pirate ship.