South Padre Winter Activities
While South Padre Island is known as one of Texas’ most popular summer retreats, there are myriad activities that take full advantage of the mild winter weather. Since temperatures are usually warm and almost never drop below freezing, this barrier island is a popular refuge for people looking to escape the cold. Enjoy all kinds of fun at South Padre Island this winter – from music at Schlitterbahn’s Winterfest to the delicious seafood at the World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off, and much more.
South Padre’s Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark holds an all-day music festival with vendors, food, and live music every January. Come on down and enjoy the music in Schletterbahn’s covered pavilions and beaches! Click here for more information.
South Padre Island Market Days
On the third weekend in January, South Padre Island hosts Market Days, a large bazaar-type event that spans Friday through Sunday. During South Padre Market Days, vendors set up to sell crafts, jewelry, art, specialty food, and trade show items.
Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk
Run or walk on the Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk, starting in Port Isabel, over the Queen Isabella Causeway, continuing on Laguna Madre Bay, and finishing on South Padre Island. The mild winter weather of the Gulf Coast makes this January event a hearty and enjoyable one for fitness enthusiasts of all degrees.
World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off
Port Isabel, just a short way from South Padre, holds the World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off ever first Sunday in November. Come for the food, come for the competitions – either way, you’re sure to have a great time.
Isle Ditter Dog
In early March, the Laguna Madre Humane Society hosts the Isle Ditter Dog, a fundraising event to benefit aiding local animals. The Isle Ditter Dog event two contest in which you can enter your dog – the Canine Costume Contest and the “My Dog’s Got Talent” Contest. There’s also a Pooch Parade, raffles, games, and food. Help a good cause and have fun with your canine family members!
Fishing & Hunting
South Padre Island offers a great variety of fishing and hunting opportunities. You can fish off of the Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier, off of the shore, or you can chose from the many chartered boats that offer guided fishing trips. South Padre also offers many opportunities for hunting waterfowl – and there’s no better time than winter to test your skill, as thousands of migratory birds flock to this area from November through February.
South Padre Island Annual Polar Bear Dip & Penguin Plunge
If you want to break in the new year with a chilly dip in the sea, you can jump in at the Polar Bear Dip (10:00 AM) or the Penguin Plunge (2:00 PM) on New Year’s Day. For those who’d prefer to keep their feet on the beach, activities such as sandcastle building and music are provided for your entertainment.