What is Padre Island National Seashore?
Directions to Padre Island Seashore
1. Head west on E Camden St toward N Sycamore St
2. Turn left onto N Queen St
3. Turn right onto W Oak St
4. Turn left onto W Palestine Ave
5. Continue onto US-79 S/US-84 W/W Oak St
Continue to follow US-79 S/US-84 W
6. Slight left onto US-79 S (signs for Buffalo)
7. Turn right toward FM39 S
8. Sharp right onto FM39 S (signs for Farm-To-Market Road 39 S)
9. Turn right onto County Line Rd/Old San Antonio Rd/Texas Osr W
Continue to follow Old San Antonio Rd/Texas Osr W
10. Turn right onto TX-21 W
11. Take the U.S. 77 S ramp to Giddings
12. Turn left onto US-77 S/S Hwy 77
13. Turn right onto E 4th St
14. Continue onto Fairwinds St
15. Turn left onto US-77 S
16. Turn right onto Zac Lentz Pkwy
17. Take the US-77 S ramp on the left
18. Merge onto U.S. Hwy 77
19. Continue straight onto Beck Rd W
20. Keep left to continue toward US-59 N
21. Continue straight onto US-59 N
22. Take the US-77 exit toward Refugio/Corpus Christi
23. Slight left toward US-77 S
24. Continue straight onto US-77 S
25. Turn left onto Farm to Market Rd 774/E Empresario St
26. Continue onto Farm to Market 774
27. Turn right onto Farm to Market Rd 2678
28. Continue onto Farm to Market 136 S
29. Turn right to merge onto TX-35 S
30. Continue onto US-181 S
31. Continue onto I-37 N (signs for TX-286)
32. Take exit 1C on the left to merge onto TX-286 S/Crosstown Expy
33. Take the exit toward TX-358 W/Nas-Ccad/Padre Island
34. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for TX-358 E/Nas-Ccad/Padre Island and merge onto TX-358 E
35. Continue onto John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway (signs for Park Rd 22/Padre Island)
36. Continue straight onto S Padre Island Dr/Park Road 22
Continue to follow Park Road 22
37. Turn left
38. Turn right
The Island's Biome
According to the National Park Service, the island's biome praire/grasslands. On the side facing the Gulf coast, the beach composes of white sand and is less than a hundred feets deep. Bordering the beach is a narrow dune ridge running throughout the entire island. Sometimes a natural or unnatural forces create a breache in the ridge, causing "blow out" dunes which flies across the island until it becomes vegetated.From these blowouts, dune fields form.
Average Rainfall: 37 inches.
There periods of heavy rain and periods of drought.
Most of pollution comes from plastic and styrofom that washes up onto the beach by waves.
Shows accurate detail of life and sequences of barrier island: Accretionary (Building), Equilibrium (Stable), and Erosion. Examples are like this: Equilibrium (northern half), erosion (southern half).
Listing of Animals Include:
Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Spotted Chorus Frog
Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad
Lots of Birds (>380)
Atlantic Ghost Crab
Blackback Land Crab
Calico Box Crab
Mudflat Fiddler Crab
Portly Spider Crab
Sargassum Swimming Crab
Speckled Swimming CrabAtlantic Midshipman
Southern Broken Dash
Celia's Roadside Skipper
And there is many other animals on the island.
History of Padre Island
The history is pretty much what it looks like when Indians and Spanish settled here.
Four nations have owned Island at different times. The first was Spain until the Mexican Revolution, then Mexico owned, then Texas owned it after the Texas Revolution, then U.S. owned it after the Mexican-American War. Names it has been called besides Padre Island, La Isla Blanca (Spanish for White Island) and Isla de los Malaguitas (Island of the Malaquites, a band of Karankawa people).
First permanent settlement was located on the southern tip by priest Padre Nicolas Balli. Prior only native americans, spanish troops or ships, and the survivors of three shipwrecks.
At one point it was used a navy bombing range.
What to do...(Two Days)
If you have two days...
You can stop in for the free informational, then head off to the closed beach area for some fun in the sun. After that you can head over to one of the many camping sites avaible, some via walking so via 4-wheel drive. Then you can finish off the trip going to Port Mansfield Channel and take a good look at the local ecosystem from rock jetties built during the channels construction.
What to do...(One Week)
Along with what you can do on the two day suggestion, you can go kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, boating in their designated area. There is also a nature trail you can walk on, very short and accessible, to see beyond the beaches and dunes. Then there is a picnic shelter if you want to have a picnic.