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Things To Do

If you enjoy new experiences then you have come to the right place.  The Lower Laguna Madre area has something for everyone.  You will be amazed at the numerous adventures just down the street, across the bridge or a short drive down the road.

Check out the fun you can have around the marina!

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Launch your boat
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Launch your kayak
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Watch for the dolphin to show up
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Fish from the dock
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Bird watching

Then check out the fun you can have around the neighborhood!

Click on the photos to link direct to the entities website for more information,

directions and pricing.  Enjoy your adventure!

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South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary

The Rio Grande Valley's premier destination for birdwatching. The unique location on South Padre Island is the perfect place to observe birds, butterflies and natural wildlife in coastal South Texas.  Walk the bayfront boardwalks, take a birding tour and explore the natural life of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Confederate Air Force - RGV Wing

Historical Museum

Take an exciting and educating tour through our nation's World War II history at the museum. From the preludes to war in Asia and Europe, to the fall of the Third Reich and the defeat of the Japanese Empire, you'll see it all through the eyes of our country's heroes.

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Port Isabel Historical Museum

Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. 

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Port Isabel Lighthouse

Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. 

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Sea Turtle Art Trail Trail

Comprised of 9 permanent sea turtle art sculptures across the City of South Padre Island.

Sea Turtle as a Canvas
A fiberglass sea turtle form, wearing nothing but a rough factory priming, feature the artists’ creative vision. 
CLICK HERE for a printable copy of the sea turtle locations.

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Palo Alto Battlefield National

Historical Park - Brownsville, TX

On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.

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Sea Turtle, Inc.

The mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. is to educate the public, rehabilitate injured turtles, and lead with conservation efforts.  During your visit be sure to say hi to resident turtles Merry Christmas, Fred, Hang Ten, Allison and Gerry.

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Laguna Atascosa National

Wildlife Refuge

The largest protected area of natural habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The 98,000-acre refuge is located almost entirely in Cameron County, Texas, although a very small part of its northernmost point extends into southern Willacy County.  Take an early morning or late evening drive and you will be amazed at the wildlife you will see!

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Treasures of the Gulf Museum

Spotlighting three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks that met their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel.  They are brought to life with murals, artifacts and

hands-on activities. 

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Sandcastle Trail

South Padre Island is home to a collection of castles called the Sandcastle Trail. Around 30 sand sculptures are located throughout the Island, sculpted by professional sand artists — some local, some from as far away as Singapore! Many of these sculptures are traditional castles, while others are themed for the businesses and organizations where they are located.  CLICK HERE for a printable copy of the sandcastle locations.

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Gladys Porter Zoo - Brownsville, TX

A zoological and botanical park located in Brownsville, Texas. The zoo officially opened on September 3, 1971, and currently averages 375,000 visitors annually. Situated on 31 acres, the zoo houses about 400 animal species and over 250 tropical and neo-tropical species and subspecies

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This is just a small taste of what the Lower Rio Grande Valley has to offer.  CLICK HERE for a printable of list of great things To Do with the Kids or Grandkids; When it Rains, Under the Sun, as well as Cultural and Educational.