Plan your visit


Sea Turtle, Inc. is open for visitors year round. A key part of our mission is to educate the public about sea turtles, our work and how to save these wonderful animals. We offer educational talks to any size group, ranging from individual families to large crowds.

We offer special rates to 501-c3 non-profit organizational groups of 15 or more. All groups must have advanced reservations.

Groups showing up at the door with no reservation will not have the group rate honored.

Learn more about scheduling Field Trips Here.


Location: 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX  78597

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3987. South Padre Island, TX  78597

Phone: (956) 761-4511

Hours: . Open from 10 am - 5 pm Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays). Last admission ticket sale 4:15pm daily 


Admission: Starting February 17th, 2018 our admission prices are as follows:

We will stop selling tickets at 4:15 pm in an effort to crowd control before closing time. 

We are growing into our new facilities and that has come with some changes. We are hopeful our supporters will continue to help our mission.


June 1- August 15

Adults- $10

Senior/Military- $6

Children- $4

Children under 4 - free

We will stop selling tickets at 4:15 pm in an effort to crowd control before closing time. 


Winter Weather Alert

When the air temperature on South Padre Island is under 55* F, tanks are closed to maintain water temperature. Limited viewing of the turtles will be available on these days. Our gift shop is open during normal hours.

Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving: 10a.m. - 12p.m.

Christmas Eve: 10a.m. - 12p.m. --- Christmas Day: CLOSED

New Year's Eve: 10a.m. - 4p.m. ---- New Year's Day: 12p.m. to 4p.m.


What to expect to see on your visit

Educational presentations are offered throughout the day. These "Turtle Talks" teach the public about the mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. and the species of sea turtles found in the area. Depending on the time of year and the number of visitors present, a Sea Turtle, Inc. staff member will present to you in one of two ways.

If there is a large number of visitors present, the talk will be in our outdoor amphitheater. If there is a small number of visitors, then the staff may be able to lead a tour around our tanks as a group.

Visitors are also able do a self-guided tour of our outdoor facility. Along our walls are many educational displays and one can spend quite some time reading about the turtles and watching our patients and residents play in the pools. We even have a scavenger hunt to participate in, if you wish.

** During the winter months, if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, our outdoor tanks will be covered in order to maintain the necessary water temperature for the turtles. The Education Complex will be open which includes our indoor museum displays, resident tanks, and giftshop.

Schedule of Events

  Weekly Schedule of Events-summer 2018

• One on one with Allison's lifeguard. While Allison is wearing her prosthesis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a life guard sits by her pool and can answer any questions or tell you her story.

• "Turtle Talks" are about 20 to 30 minutes long. The first one of the day begins at 11:00am. Schedule varies, please call for daily times.

 Turtle Enrichment. We provide an enrichment feeding at 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see how we provide challenges to the turtles to mimic some of their natural behaviors. Enrichment helps stimulate their minds and practice important skills they need to successfully return to the wild.

Summer Talk Schedule

June 1- August 4

10:30 AM Resident Turtle Feeding ( Education Center)**

11:00 AM Educational Presentation

12:00 PM Educational Presentation

1:00 PM Educational Presentation

2:00 PM Educational Presentation

3:00 Educational Presentation

4:00 PM Turtle Enrichment Feeding ( Rehab Center)

**On Sundays the AM Resident Turtle Feeding is held at 10:15 AM so it does not conflict with Ridley Reading Time

Special Programs

• Ridley Reading Time (ages 4-7) at 10:30 AM on Sundays. - Come and let our educators take you on a literacy adventure as we read about sea turtles! This is a perfect activity to engage your little one. They will listen to our best selling books from our very own gift shop. Available to be purchased as well.