Plan Your Visit to SPI Birding and Nature Center

Ticket Pricing

Adults $8
Students 13-18 & Seniors 55 yrs+ $7
Children 4-12 yrs $5
Under 4 yrs FREE with paid adult
Annual Passes:
Adult $60.00
Senior and Student $50.00
Children $30.00
Binocular rentals at the gift shop for $3.00.
Complimentary wheel chairs and strollers
are available.


Got three lifers today on South Padre Island. A female American Redstart, A Veery that I did not get a photo of, and an Olive Sided Flycatcher. What was really special is Tim Bradshaw helped me find all of these birds. He had finished his group tour and was getting ready to leave when I got there at noon. I can't thank him enough for his time."

Kathy Detweiler

"I LOVE this place. I went three days in a row."

Jenna Lee Prado

I photographed this American Alligator today there at the SPI Birding and Nature Center. I was close enough to him that I did not have to crop this photo at all.

Luciano Guerra

Got this Great Blue Heron at your center this week. It's a great place. I hope to visit again.

Sheri Hemrick

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                       Daily Hours
                  8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Subject to change without notice

The Visitor's Center will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Please call if you have any questions:  956-761-6801 

What to See

Butterflies Our butterfly garden has taken form and is so serene, awaiting the arrival of our migratory visitors.

July- September -Fall bird migration starts as early as mid July with a great diversity of shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) arriving on the coast on their southward migration. Come September, Ruby-throat ed Hummingbirds begin to arrive as well as songbirds such as warblers, vireos, tanagers.

October - Mid-January- we will begin to see the beautiful Monarchs by the flocks as well as many of our other fluttering, colorful friends! Wintering species such as Peregrine Falcons, Sora, Ospreys, and Belted Kingfishers begin to arrive. 

Fallout The South Padre Island normally experiences a "fallout" around the end of April. Around this time is when you will witness a numerous amount of warblers, including Yellow Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Black and White Warblers, and the list of Warblers goes on and on. Redstarts, Purple Gallinules, Painted and Indigo Buntings, Orioles and numerous Hummingbirds are some of our other feathered friends that are forced to land in our area, because of severe weather during their migration routes. Mark your calendar. You don't want to miss this!!!

Migratory Birds Migratory Season has started. Right now, we are experiencing the wonderful views of the Buffbellied Hummingbirds, the Wood Stork and numerous Warblers. More to come in the months of October - January.

Permanent Residents Our permanent resident birds tend to stick around all year long. They consist of the Brown Pelican, White Ibis, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Red-winged Blackbirds, Roseate Spoonbill ,Reddish Egret, Clapper Rail, Willet, Mottled Duck, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt and American Alligators.

The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is a year- round attraction!
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Wildlife Documentary

Five-Story Viewing Tower

5 Bird Blinds

3300+ Feet of Boardwalk

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597 call 956-761-6801.

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