This is the "Whaling Wall" at the South Padre convention center. I had read about it so I wanted to drive by and see it. So pretty!
There is a sea life nature center on Port Isabel. We stopped in and the kids enjoyed touching the starfish and hermit crabs.
One of the state beach parks on the island is Isla Blanca. Right on the beach is this beautiful statue of Christ. It was put there as a symbol that Christ blesses all the fisherman who were lost at sea. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.
One of the recommended restaurants on the island is Blackbeards. We had a great feast that night. Madeline loved her shrimp and James loved his fish. Stephen and I shared steak and crab legs and had a margarita and pina colada. Yum!
Day 2 at the beach and the kids were right back in the water.
Stephen took these pics of the kids as he was trying to teach them how to body surf.
The current was really strong, red flag. So I felt better having the kids wear their life vests. And every time they went swimming in the water they would drift 20-30 yards because of it. But they were good about looking to the beach where I would sit every 5 minutes and to come back over.
After doing some souvenir shopping we headed to the North side of the island where there was a beach access that allowed you to drive onto the beach. So we parked right by the water and did some more swimming. Lots of seashells on this beach.
After watching a Daytripper episode on South Padre, we took his recommendation and headed over to Gravity Park on the island to do some go-karting.
I've never seen a go-kart track like this, it was all wooden and 3 levels high! SO FUN!!!
Madeline drove with Daddy and James drove with me. :)
Here's a video...
On the evening of the 4th we walked around Pirate's Landing pier and then called it a night. We headed back to our suite and had dinner in. We were pooped. :) But it was such a fun vacation. We will definitely be heading back to South Padre again.