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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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Activities: Birdwatching, Biking

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This is the place to go birding!

If you like looking at birds, this is the place. You will find shore birds, ducks, migrants, alligators and lots of friendly folks from all over the country to tell you what kind... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

If you like looking at birds, this is the place. You will find shore birds, ducks, migrants, alligators and lots of friendly folks from all over the country to tell you what kind of bird or mammal you are looking at. Always one of our favorite places to go in Port A! :)

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great place to see birds, easy access even for handicapped. Walk around to the board walk and you will see dozens of species resting eating talking and watching you. You can get very close to the birds so extreme telephoto lens and binoculars are not really required. There are also Turtles and may be able to see... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I absolutely loved this place! The variety of birds was amazing. I also saw turtles and there are 2 alligators in residence there. I spent hours just watching the birds and their antics.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Unique spot and many birds esp if you go during migratory periods. There is a waste water treatment plant close by and you get the occasional whiff but it is worth it! Watch out, I really have seen the fabled alligator that looks for it's next meal there ... Definitely take your camera !

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On the Road
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

One of the best birding places we visited in Texas - small but loaded with birds and other wildlife.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I happened on some info about the Birding Center when we arrived for a stay in Port Aransas. We aren't avid birders but went for the guided walk which is offered on Wednesday mornings. We both loved it and spent time watching and being watched, I'm sure. The boardwalk is well placed and well maintained. Our guides provided clear information... More 

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Everything a birder would like...warblers, dabbling ducks, Roseate Spoonbills, Tricolored Herons, Sora's....Nutria and two very vocal gator's

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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have been here to take pictures many times; mostly of the Whooping Cranes. The ground is very marshy so there are boardwalks to help you get around. They also have small observation decks here and there. I don't recommend taking kids there unless they can really get excited about birds. They will get excited about the alligators. There are... More 

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Seguin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fun side trip especially for kids. They enjoyed trying to find all the different bird species & were really excited when the local alligator showed up for his photo op!

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

* Free to park / enter. * No smell from the adjoining sewage treatment plant (unlike a few other reviews, I guess we just got lucky because of the slight breeze blowing the other way) * Very few crowds even during a Spring Break weekend (we visited Sunday morning) * Decent flocks of birds (on the day we visited -... More 

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