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Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore is pet friendly! Pets are welcome almost everywhere in the park as long as they are on a leash at all times. Leashed pets are permitted in all camping areas and on over 60 miles of beach in the park, including all areas where you can drive on the beach. The only areas where pets are NOT allowed includes: the deck of Malaquite Pavilion and its facilities, the boardwalk that goes from the deck down to the beach, and the short stretch of beach directly in front of the Pavilion (where the shade structures are located). But even there, pets and their owners can still access the beach using a pet access trail that goes from the parking area down to the beach. This trail is located on the north (left) side of the Pavilion. Once you reach the beach, the area to the left is open to pets and their owners (the beach to the right is not). Pet owners also have access to restrooms and rinse-off showers that are located close to the pet access trail, at the northern end of the Malaquite Pavilion parking area. Visit Website

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Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

Padre Island National Seashore has received a rating of 3.8 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Ms V
    Jul. 29, 2021
    Fun recreational area

    Spent the day enjoying the seashore and swimming with our dog. They have a path down to beach access from parking lot for dogs. Included showers with a special dog bathing area too. Nice bathrooms - vending machines and large garbage cans to keep the beach nice and clean. Lots of other areas you can drive your vehicle right into beach or hike trails. Great recreational area for us all. Only one thing to watch out for are nasty things called sand burs that got into our dogs fur from getting too close to these bushes. They are hard to get out and feel like needles — just awful! Next time we will make sure he keeps his distance from the grasses near paths.

  • Isabel
    Jul. 7, 2019
    Dogs Allowed On Beach In Certain Areas

    Yes, the beach does have dog friendly areas, understandably not right along the visitor areas. Look for signs and ask rangers. We always drive down a ways and never have any problems. Nice area to get the dog in the water for some beach time.

  • Dean
    More than a year ago
    Confusing dog signs

    No dogs allowed signs are all over the visitors center and surrounding deck so you take you dog around the center and down to the beach. Once at the beach on the right side you again see No dogs allowed. To the left is a "dog access" sign. When I asked the park ranger she said you can pass through the "no dogs allowed" area with your dog but you should not stay in that area with your dog. Nice to know. So poor signage and a bit awkward, but now you know.

  • J S
    More than a year ago
    No off-leash areas

    It's a great park but dogs must be on leashes at all times and there are a couple of areas restricted to no dogs.

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