A visitor center, picnic area, and developed campground are available. Camping is allowed at no cost along the beach and selected areas along Laguna Madre.
Excellent opportunities exist for saltwater fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, boating, and other water sports.
Wildlife viewing and photo opportunities are numerous, including coyotes, white tail deer, peregrine falcons, kangaroo rats, and jackrabbits. Some endangered Kemp's Ridley and loggerhead sea turtles return to Padre Island to lay their egg during their nesting season mid-April to August. There are many species of birds that can be seen along the Gulf beach year-round.
Photo was taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55mm lens.