South Padre Island is known the world over for its famous Sea Turtle Rescue on the island, Sea Turtle Inc. This Sea Turtle Center is known for its mission to rescue, & rehabilitate sick & injured sea turtles.
They help preserve some of the most endangered sea turtles. Such as the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, also known as the Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle.
THE SEA TURTLE ART TRAIL
The Sea turtle Art trail is a collection of 10 different Turtle Sculptures, located at different points around the island. All of the Sea Turtle sculptures are hand painted, & created by different local artists from South Padre Island.
To help bring awareness to the protection of the Sea Turtles. Sea Turtle Inc., the Artists, & City of South Padre Island all teamed up to design the Sea Turtle Arts Trail. Available for all the world to enjoy, & discover.
There are Maps with a marked location of each individual Sea Turtle. They are available at the South Padre Island Visitors Center, or you can scroll to the bottom to see the Full Map on this Post (Excluding Liberty, who’s not on the map yet), or Click the included Location Link after each Turtles Bio.
MEET THE SEA TURTLES
Without further ado, here’s the current 10 Sea Turtles on the South Padre Island Sea Turtles Art Trail, & their locations:
Tank is the biggest & largest sea turtle on the sea turtle arts trail. Coming in at 33 feet tall & 20 foot wide. Tank is located on the outside of a new beach souvenir, & sports rental shop called Turtle Island Beachwear.
Indigo is located inside of the South Padre Island Visitors Center. Indigo was painted by artist Christina Salazar.
Lucy is the 3rd largest Sea Turtle currently on the sea turtle art trail, & the largest Mesquite wood turtle in the world. Coming in just under 8 feet long, & 6 feet wide. Lucy weighs 400 pounds. Lucy was created by artist Andy Hancock.
Rosie is located directly in front of the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce. She was painted by the artist Cecilia Garza.
Miracle is located directly in front of the Art Business Incubator Center of South Padre Island. Miracle was created by the artist Sandy Margret.
Crush is located outside of the South Padre Island Community Center. Crush was painted by the artist Chelsea Fedigan.
Luna is located outside on the sidewalk of the South Padre Island Convention Centre. She was painted by the artist Ariel King.
Coral is located at Sea Turtle Inc. Outside the 2nd building at the far back end of the parking lot. However Coral is behind a gate that is locked when the business is close, which is 4p.m off season, & 5p.m. summer season. Coral was painted by the artist Beth Fedigan.
This is one of the more difficult Sea Turtles on the trail to gain access to. The Beach Park Turtle is located just inside the entrance of a local Waterpark, the Beach Park at Isla Blanca.
The water park is currently closed due to Covid-19 safety. It is currently scheduled to reopen sometime later this year in 2021. Until the Waterpark reopens you can currently only see the Beach Park Sea Turtle Monday through Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m.
The Beach Park Sea Turtle is the 2nd Largest Sea Turtle on the trail. The Beach Park Sea Turtle is 11 feet tall. It is located on the side of a roof support pillar, of a building at the entrance of Beach Park at Isla Blanca Waterpark.
The Beach Park Sea Turtle was painted by Mother, & Daughter duo artists Beth, & Chelsea Fedigan. (* No information plate located at the Beach Park Sea Turtle currently)
This last Sea Turtle is the newest addition to the Sea Turtle Art Trail, its currently not on the visitors center map yet. Liberty is located in a Hotel that is currently under renovation. There are no signs up outside yet currently. The hotel is open though, it’s name is Beach Resort at South Padre. Also the reception desk in the main lobby is open.
You just stop in, & tell them you want to see Liberty on the Sea Turtle Arts Trail, & they’ll point you in her Direction. Which is outside, just past the pool area. Liberty was painted by the artist Christina Salazar. (* No Information Plate located at Liberty Currently)
THE TURTLE GAME
Next time your looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, or if you just want to see the Turtle Art yourself. Remember to Visit the beautiful South Padre Island, & hunt down all the Sea Turtles on the Art Trail.
My partner was determined to see each & everyone of them, & she succeeded in doing so by renting a bicycle on the island & riding to each Sea Turtle. You can scan the information plate at each Sea Turtle with your cell phones camera, & find out even more details, & fun facts about each Sea Turtle.
To see the artists behind the design of each Sea Turtle. Click the QR Link under each photo, or visit sopadre.com for more information.
The Roving Gypsy
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