This May, Dallas-based fashion and lifestyle influencer Ciara Hawkins traveled to South Padre Island with her family. From having fun in the sun at the beach and out on the water, to dining on fresh seafood at the Island’s top restaurants, Hawkins’ family trip to the Texas Coast was one for the books. Check out her experience below.

As a family of three, we’re always looking for fun places to take our one-year-old—especially now that the weather has warmed up. This summer, we took an eight-hour road trip from Dallas, Texas, to South Padre Island. From the beautiful beach and abundant nature centers to dolphin cruises and delicious food, we can’t wait to go back! 

There are so many great outdoor activity options on SPI, perfect for any family looking to get outside this summer. 

*Please Note: Since the publication of this article, the Painted Marlin has closed.