Sea Turtle, IncCurrently Closed
- Address: 6617 Padre Blvd., P.O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX 78597, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9567614511
- Ticket Price: 3 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Educational Site, Tour, Family And Kids, Specialty Shop
It would be a wise decision to visit the world renowned Sea Turtle, Inc on a visit to the South Padre island. It is an organisation formed for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles. It was formed in 1977 by Ila Fox Loetscher, better known as “The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island”. Sea Turtle, Inc was originally formed to aid in the protection and rehabilitation of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle which was on the brink of extinction. Today, it is a hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness about their safety and habitat, and increase conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. It is a non-profit organisation and it generates its income from public donations and its gift-shop sales.
Educational presentations are offered throughout the day. These “Turtle talks” teach one about the mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. and about the various species of sea turtles found in the area.
On South Padre Island, April through November is identified as a sea turtle nesting season. Sea Turtle, Inc. identifies these nests and moves them to a safe compound until hatched. There are dozens of planned releases during the summer months. One needs to contact them for the exact dates.
Visitors are also able to do a self-guided tour.
- South Padre, Inc. asks its visitors for a donation of $3 per adult and a donation of $2 per child above the age of 4.
- The educational presentations are offered in both, English and Spanish.
- March, April and May are the busiest months.
- One can also use taxi’s that start with a fare of around $5.
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- Bada Bing Bagels
- Padre Island Brewing Co.
- Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker
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95% of people who visit South Padre Island include Sea Turtle, Inc in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
94.94% of people start their Sea Turtle, Inc visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Sea Turtle, Inc
92.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sea Turtle, Inc
They had an interesting presentation. It was cool seeing different types of turtles in person. Admission is a little pricey for how little there is but it's really a donation. If you like turtles you would enjoy it.
This appears to be a great organization that is growing. We enjoyed our visit. It's maybe not as picturesque beautiful as Texas Aquarium or similar tourist stop, but it's interesting to step into the rescue work of a hands-on organization. The educational show is great. Must-go if you or someone in your family loves turtles. Easy to find location in a scenic part of Texas.
Educational and fun place to visit. This is a great sanctuary for sea turtles and the staff is very willing to share their knowledge. A good tour for young and older people.
Had a wonderful time with the kids sing the variety of turtles being rehabbed. It was nice to see a facility that was ramshackle. Is let you know that the majority of the money that was donated was going toward the care of the animals and not to the salary of the individuals working there. There is construction in the works with new parts of the the slowly being opened. Over all very educationally and would gladly make the time and spend the admission fee again
The kids loved seeing sea turtles up close. It's a small but busy place. It was well worth the time for our family.