Plan your visit to Sea Turtle, Inc.​

Dive into the unique world of sea turtle conservation!

Sea Turtle, Inc. is open year-round for visitors to meet our rehabilitating patients and non-releasable residents. Self-guide through our rehabilitation and education facilities to learn all about sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, and enjoy our daily presentations and turtle feedings.

Off Season

August 16 - May 31


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday Closed for Maintenance

Admission Price
Credit/Debit Card Only

Summer Season

June 1 - August 15


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday Closed for Maintenance

Admission Price
Credit/Debit Card Only

Location & Parking

Location:   6617 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX  78597
Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX  78597
Phone:   956-761-4511

What to Expect Before Your Visit

Our facility is self-guided and visitors can navigate through our rehabilitation and education centers at their leisure.

Educational presentations are offered throughout the day. “Turtle Talks” educate the public about the mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. and the species of sea turtles found in the area. Presentations are typically offered every hour but the schedule is subject to change without notice. To check daily presentation times, please call our main number at 956-761-4511.

Our outdoor turtle viewing areas are shaded but open to the elements. The museum and gift shop are in a climate-controlled building. Please come prepared for all weather conditions. Water is sold at the facility for $2.

Daily Schedule at Our Facility

Breakfast for our Residents

Breakfast is served at 10:30 AM in the education facility daily

Breakfast for our Residents

Meet the sea turtles that call this place forever home. Learn and observe several different species of sea turtles enjoy their daily diet.
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Patient Enrichment Feeding

Join us for patient feedings at the clinic daily at 4:15 PM.

Dinner for Our Patients

Join us at the rehabilitation center and learn about our enrichment feedings. This is an excellent opportunity to see the turtles mimic some of their natural behaviors. Enrichment feedings help stimulate their minds and allow them to practice essential skills needed to return to the wild safely.
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Meet Resident Sea Turtle Education Ambassadors

10am-5pm Daily

Meet Sea Turtle Education Ambassadors

Allison, a green sea turtle, wears her prosthesis & swims in her large tank everyday from 10am-5pm. A resident tank education ambassador is present at her tank to share the turtle's story and answer any questions you might have. The education ambassadors are also familiar with all of the rest of the sea turtles that live in the education center with Allison and can be a valuable resource during your visit. Please stop by and say hello!

Turtle Talks & Presentations

Beginning at 11:30 am Daily

Turtle Talks & Presentations

Turtle Talks begin daily at 11:30 am in our outdoor amphitheater. Presentations last 15 minutes. Topics and additional talks for each day vary.

Frequently Asked Questions​

We have created a list of frequently asked questions that will help you in planning your visit.

Annual Memberships

Your STI membership helps fund our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.

All members receive a membership ID card, 10% discount at our
Gift Shop, hatchling and rehabilitated turtle release text message and email notifications.

Recent Reviews on Google

One of the best places I've ever been. The staff is friendly and it's been wonderful to see this place grow as much as it has. They take amazing care of their turtles and making sure they get better. Would highly recommend stopping in if your visiting the island. Tickets are inexpensive and this is great for kids.

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April through November is sea turtle nesting season on South Padre Island. Sea Turtle Inc. identifies these nests and moves them to a safe compound until hatched. There are dozens of scheduled releases during the summer months. There is no better way to teach your children the importance of protecting sea life than to attend a release and watch as tiny sea turtles enter the ocean for the first time! Here are a variety of turtles. It's a very educational activity and it's a great place to take children or the whole family.

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Non profit organization and a great little spot to stop while in SPI. Was very pleased with their attention to COVID precautions. Everyone was wearing masks and hand sanitizer was available in lots of places. Good informational presentation that’s only about 15 minutes. Staff are extremely friendly and available for questions. Ginormous turtles were super cool to see- one was 220lbs! Also check out the cool evolution of prosthetics they made for one of their residents. We plan to try out their adoption program. Thanks for a great educational and fun experience.

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