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Plan Your Visit to SPI Birding and Nature Center

Ticket Pricing

Adults $10.00
Students, Military & Seniors 65 yrs+ $8.00
Children 4-12 yrs $5.00

Annual Passes:
Adult $75.00
Student, Military & Seniors 65 yrs+ $65.00
Children 4-12 yrs $30.00


Binocular rentals at the gift shop for $3.00.
Complimentary wheelchairs 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 an important habitat for coastal pollinators, Enjoy views of coastal butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds, and more!

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-throated Hummingbirds begin to arrive as well as songbirds such as warblers, vireos, tanagers.

October - Mid-November- 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, and waterfowl 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 an incredible number of warblers, including Yellow Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Black and White Warblers, and the list of Warblers goes on and on. Tanagers, 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!!


Winter birds - December- February

Bird diversity doubles in the wetlands along the boardwalk as northern birds join our resident birds for the winter. Waterfowl fill the Laguna Madre, shorebirds are all over the flats, Roseate Spoonbills line the ponds, a beautiful time of year. 

Permanent Residents- 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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