Visit South Padre Island, TX with Kids

My family has been going to South Padre Island for years. In addition to relaxing on the beach, we enjoy the many other activities as well. South Padre is the only island in Texas and is accessed by crossing a large bridge over the Queen Isabelle Causeway. The minute we cross that bridge I feel like all my stress has been left behind on the other side. Leave your suits and ties behind and enjoy an island with such a casual vibe, you and your family won’t want to leave.

3 Fun Things to do in South Padre Island with Kids

1. Take Sandcastle Lessons
As I write this article, I’m in a Winter Wonderland in Oklahoma; meanwhile, Andy Hancock and his crew are teaching families to build amazing sandcastles in sunny weather. Your family will look like pros for vacations to come with the skills you will learn.

Fun things to do in South Padre Island TX with kids - Sand Castle building
Learning how to build amazing sand castles is one of the fun things to do in South Padre Island, TX with kids.

2. Watersports
Plan to parasail, scuba dive, ride the banana boats and jet skis. Our family has been using Sonny’s Beach Service since my family first took a vacation there almost 30 years ago. We feel safe with their equipment and appreciate the honest, reliable staff. Don’t visit South Padre without taking your family parasailing, the views are amazing.

3. Learn to Surf
This is one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Here I am digging my way out of snow, and there are people that make a living teaching others to surf! South Padre Surf Company will take their time and work with even some of the youngest travelers in your group, safely teaching each of you to enjoy catching a wave.

Best Restaurants in South Padre Island

Louie’s Backyard
Louie’s Backyard is way different than my own. Mine is a cow pasture and his provides a beautiful sunset view on their gulf-front patio. Louie’s offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere and has a terrific kids menu and something for everyone.

My husband and I first ate at Blackbeard’s way before we had a child, and our entire family still enjoys it. We usually eat there more than once on our visit to the Island. Their pricing is reasonable, and the portions are large.

Where to Stay in South Padre Island
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island is a great place for you and your family to stay. It is located directly on the beach and each room has a mini fridge, microwave and coffee pot.

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Marti J. Are you interested in traveling to South Padre Island? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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