Get your tickets to catch some hard-hitting sports action on the ice as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees try to sting the competition. This member of the Central Hockey League has been bringing hockey to South Texas since 2003, and has since been named franchise of the year twice. The Killer Bees take on teams like the Rapid City Rush and the Tulsa Oilers.
See the Rio Grande Valley Vipers hoop it up at the State Farm Arena. This sports team is part of the NBA Development League and is affiliated with the Houston Rockets. Since being founded in 2007, the Vipers have earned an 11-5 playoff record and clinched a championship title in the 2009-2010 season.
Phone: (956) 665-3747
Check out the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in action. The UTRGV competes in sports which include soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cross country and track & field. The soccer and volleyball teams are consistently ranked with the best in the NAIA.
Take a journey through what has been called "the last great habitat in south Texas" at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. No where in the Lone Star State can boast the diversity in wildlife that this refuge has, from ocelot to white-tailed deer and falcons. This outdoor refuge is a vital nesting area for sea turtles and blue crab. Bird watchers can also revel in this wildlife habitat and enjoy their hobby to the fullest.
See the "wildlife corridor" that is the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge lies along the last 275 miles of the Rio Grande River and represents 11 distinct ecosystems in the region. On your outdoor exploration, you'll see birds, butterflies and plenty of wild animals along the way.
The Mission Nature Trails Hike and Bike is a trail system that includes a 5-mile paved trail that runs from the Mission Hike and Bike Park to the World Birding Center. This paved trail winds it way through the brush and along a canal. It is a great trail for walkers, runners, and road cyclists.
Explore the outdoor beauty of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,088-acre expanse sits at the banks of the lower Rio Grande river and is home to wild snakes, butterflies and nearly 400 types of birds. Stop by the Visitor Center for information about the flora and fauna that occupies the refuge.
Experience the exhilarating ride on a kiteboarding adventure with Air Padre Kiteboarding. If the sport is your hobby you can rent equipment from the company, and if you're needing lessons in the area, Air Padre uses only the best instructors with IKO and PASA certifications. You'll be feeling the wind in your sails in no time.
Let the experts at American Diving take you into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico to explore the underwater realm near South Padre Island. Dive sites include the Texas Clipper, the Little Sara and Seana Rigs, the Liberty Ships Reef, the Wreck of the Doña Nelly, and the 7 ½ Fathom Reef. The abundance of wildlife in these unspoiled waters are like nothing you've seen before.
Call the people at Breakaway Cruises to have some fun on the water in South Padre Island. The company offers jet ski tours, parasailing adventures, fishing trips, snorkeling trips and other water sports and recreation fun. All of the guides for these activities are Coast Guard certified and trained, so you can feel safe under their care.
Phone: (956) 772-7272
Shred some gnarly waves with the South Padre Surf Company. You can rent boards from the company, sign up for surfing lessons, and attend surf camps to perfect your surfing skills. South Padre Island is known to have some of the best surfing waters along the Texas gulf coast - be ready for wild waves and plenty of water sports fun fun.
Set sail on the Laguna Madre with Windsurf the Boatyard. The Boatyard can take care of a few of your water sports and recreation needs; they rent out kayaks, windsurf boards and rigs, and bicycles, if you want to spend a day riding along the coast. For the inexperienced windsurfer, the Boatyard also provides lessons to those willing to learn.
Feed your inner-adrenaline junkie and plan an extreme sports adventure with Skydive South Padre Island, where their idea of fun in the sun is free-falling from 13,500 feet. On your descent from the skies above, you'll travel up to speeds of 150 miles-per-hour for over a minute, before deploying your parachute and sailing back to reality. There's no other experience like it in the world.
If you're into the thrill of paintball wars, head to the Valley Paintball Field to get all the paintball action you can handle. There are two paintball fields available, one can accommodate a 10 on 10 battle, the other a 5 on 5 game. Borrow equipment from Valley Field or bring your own, just be sure to look over their list of banned materials.
Make it easy to celebrate a momentous occasion with your family, friends, team or corporate event at Flamingo Bowl. Customize a party package that includes just the right amount of bowling, games, food, and drinks for you and your guests or just walk-in anytime and enjoy.
Try your fisherman's luck on an excursion with South Padre Island Fishing Adventures. Captain Bryan Ray will take you to all the best places to hook fish like flounder, trout, and redfish in the waters surrounding South Padre Island. Bring your lucky lure and some sunscreen, and get ready for a day on the water at Sea Ranch Marina.