Sunday, February 11, 2018

Quick Visit to Padre Balli Park, 2/03/2018

Padre Balli Park is a county park managed by Nueces County Coastal Parks. It is located on the north end of Padre Island and consists of 370+ acres. We parked at the paved lot at Briscoe King Pavilion. The enclosed building is available for rental for gatherings and is equipped with water, power, BBQ pits, and a large parking lot. A boardwalk provides access to the beach.

The park provides access to the gulf coast and has 54 paved campsites (water and 30 amp electric with a dump station on site). A primitive tent camping area is also available. 

We walked along the beach to Bob Hall Pier, a 1,240’ elevated pier for fishing. Bait and tackle are available for rent or purchase.

Many picnic sites with tables and cabanas are available for use on the beach area near the pier. Leashed pets are permitted in some areas of the park, put not on this part of the beach.

restaurant on the pier is open for visitors year round.

The pier also provides favorable surfing conditions year round. It was pretty chilly the day we visited, but we still saw surfers in wet suits here.

We continued our beach walk past the pier and then retraced our steps to the car. 

For additional information about the park and camping rates, go to

On the way back to our RV, we stopped at Snoopy’s ( for a quick drink and to catch the sunset. The restaurant is located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Laguna Madre. There was a nice fire in the large fireplace on this chilly day.

Outdoor seating provides great views of the sunset over the water. There are always lots of pelicans and other waterfowl here. 

The changing colors as the sun dropped into the horizon were beautiful. I never grow tired of seeing a sunset over water. 

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