Sea Turtle, Inc, South Padre Island

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • 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
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About Sea Turtle, Inc, South Padre Island

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.

Sea Turtle, Inc Information

  • 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.

How To reach Sea Turtle, Inc by Public Transport

  • One can also use taxi’s that start with a fare of around $5.

Restaurants Near Sea Turtle, Inc

  • Ted’s Restaurant
  • BurgerFi
  • Bada Bing Bagels
  • Padre Island Brewing Co.
  • Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker

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Sea Turtle, Inc, South Padre Island Reviews

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  • What a great experience to see and learn about the sea turtles. I was saddened by it as well. I like what they are doing by educating the public about the turtles and our role in their lives. They only ask for a donation which I was happy to give. The staff was very friendly and answered all our questions. They also have a nice gift shop. They are expanding so I'm glad to see they are doing well.

  • Awesome life/educational experience. They have live turtles swimming around for you to see. All have medical issues and have been cares for by their medical team. Fun for the whole family.

  • My kids and I had a great visit at Sea Turtle, Inc. There were staff members/volunteers everywhere ready to answer questions and interact. We visited after a cold snap, when they had an influx of cold stunned turtles. Though they were very busy transitioning several of them to tanks after warming, they took time and energy to interact with the kids, letting them name the turtles. Great educational visit, and the donations help a great cause!

  • We visited about a month ago, and the experience was unforgettable. If you find yourself on the island, perhaps an encounter with some of earth's most wondrous creatures, could be a meaningful and wholesome experience with your friends and family. Take a gander at the limpy turtles and throw a couple bucks in the jar!

  • We really enjoyed the place - I wish it was little bigger. They had a crocodile in a pond next door. The history of the turtles is wonderful. It is something which kids enjoy. They have about 20 very large tanks. Each has between 2 and 4 turtles. They don't sell turtle eggs or turtle meat which was a bummer. I love eating turtle meat.

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