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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Address: 710 W Avenue a, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone Number: +1 361-749-4111
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Great place for birding

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is always my first stop in Port A. Each time I visit, I see amazing birds and have taken some fantastic pictures since the birds are just a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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English first
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is always my first stop in Port A. Each time I visit, I see amazing birds and have taken some fantastic pictures since the birds are just a few feet away. I've noticed differences in the wetlands every visit as well. It's a great place to see the changes in nature. February is one of the... More 

Thank JenniElaine
New Lenox, Illinois
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60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's short walk to the end of the walkway, but birds were so close you didn't need a telephoto lens to get a great shot. The tower enables you to see out over the whole area where I saw spoonbills, herons, cormorants, and may other wading birds.

Thank RobertaP236441
Austin, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great viewing spot for migratory birds. Go early in the morning with binoculars to enjoy the birds. We also had the rare treat of observing the resident alligator take a swipe at a nutria swimming in his territory. Visiting the birding boardwalk is a nice addition to the water activities of Port Aransas. Take your time and be quiet walking... More 

Thank AusTxmom
Ingleside, Texas
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going out there. We go every so often and I still have yet to see the alligator. I hear from everyone else about it. They hide when I go! It's a nice walk with great views. When in Port A it's on the must list!

Thank Sandy B
Killeen, Texas
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In spite of all the great reviews, I just couldn't believe this place was going to deliver. It really was amazing. The entrance is right next to a wastewater treatment plant and the mosquitoes are ginormous. but the things we encountered in less than an hour were incredible. The number of birds we saw was staggering. One of the legendary... More 

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Mold, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very easy to access and short walk so good for kids. Sewer plant smell was quite bad because it was windy. Birds seen were beautiful and exciting to watch. Slightly disappointed not to see an alligator.

Thank Josie C
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67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Had never stopped and gone in until today. We had a blast here. Tons of birds to be seen on a well made wooden Boardwalk over a wetland. Alligator was under the Boardwalk so that was cool. Peaceful place to take a short walk and learn some cool stuff. Oh yeah- totally free- super cool.

Thank Robert S
Potton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Lovely centre not big but we saw alligators, the magnificent frigate bird, roseate spoonbills and lots of other birds, you can walk up observation tower or just stay on the boardwalk

Thank Ann B
Austin, Texas
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35 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Really neat place,lots of sea ,not crowed during the week and after labor day,lots of birds,worth taking pictures.

Thank DKinaustin
San Antonio, TX
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a chance to easily walk out into a wetlands marsh on a 2-300 yard wooden walkway. When we visited we found a great blue heron and a snowy egret as well as numerous small song birds. The marsh vegetation was thick, and one could see old plants rotting and providing nourishment to new vegetation. Pets are not allowed.... More 

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