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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center: Wildlife Viewing and Exhibits

Situated on 50 acres in South Padre Island, between the shallow Laguna Madre and the majestic Gulf of Mexico, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of the nine World Birding Centers and the perfect place to experience the scenic wonders of the beautiful South Texas Coast. The preserve is home to wetland birds, butterflies, migrating songbirds, stunning beaches, and a five-story tower for optimal wildlife viewing. Experienced guides offer exciting tours and educational programs for all ages. Walk along the expansive bayfront boardwalks, take a nature and birding tour and explore the scenic landscapes around the center to see over 500 bird species all year long. Although it is a birding center, the fun doesn't end there. Expect to find various species of wildlife from dolphins to alligators.


February to August: 7am to 6 pm. September to January: 7 am to 5 pm
Adults: $6, Seniors 55+: $5, Students 13-18: $5, Children (4-12): $3, Children (4 and under): Free


  • Nature Walk
  • Sunset After Hour Mixers
  • Hallow Wings


  • Hands-on Exhibits
  • Boardwalks
  • Birding Tower
  • Birding Blinds
  • Gift Shop
  • Nature Trails


  • Are there tours of the World Birding Center available?

    The World Birding & Nature Center offers guided tours, nature and wilderness walks, and float trips along the 50 acres - from wetlands to forests to riverside woodlands and scenic bluffs above the Rio Grande. Visitors can also enjoy a self-guided experience along a 120-mile historic river road, viewing boardwalks and special exhibits. Bird walks are every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9 am, while nature walks are every Fridays at 9 am.
  • What is the best season to visit the World Birding Center?

    Due to the temperate climate, you can visit the World Birding & Nature Center in any season, but in the winter, more than 500 bird species call this incredible nature destination home including Peregrine Falcons, Sora, Ospreys, and Belted Kingfishers. The unique landscapes across the center make for great scenic wildlife viewing. Fall migration starts in mid-July, but the permanent residents include Brown Pelican, White Ibis, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron,  Red-winged Blackbirds, Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Clapper Rail, Willet, and Mottled Duck.

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