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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Ross Avenue behind the Trolley Stop, Port Aransas, TX
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Cedar Hill
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Disappointed that we didn't see the alligator. Saw a few birds & a couple of turtles. We had fun making up stories about the birds & the turtles But we were a little concerned about the water as it really was not clean - kind of sad that these birds & turtles & fish were living in this water. Surely... More

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Waco, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My family visited here in mid July. The entrance is located next to a water treatment plant which was very malodorous on our recent visit. You can stroll on a boardwalk which extends out over the water. We did see several different species of birds and ducks. We did see multiple nutria. There is an overlook which is nice. We... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

While only wanting to pass time by visiting this birding center, my daughters and I were surprised at the variety of birds to see. They even had those huge binocular things, (please excuse my vacation brain) to see the wildlife that were at a distance. While I didn't get to see the alligator, we spent so much time searching for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was a little wary at first , not being a "birder", but was pleasantly surprised. Lots of different kinds of birds and animals to observe in their natural habitats. Got the see one of the alligators right under the walkway - super cool! It is right next to a water treatment center, so occasionally the wind would bring some... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Very clean and interesting. Gravel and concrete trails plus wooden walkways that extend for great lengths over dried, probably due to summer, beds. Pavilions along the trails are informative about the wildlife and shaded for a break from the sun.

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

It was raining and we decided to sight see. We took a chance and I loved it, and it was free. Plenty of birds and nutria. I even saw the two alligators.

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

HIghly recommend for observing wildlife from a boardwalk. Depending on time of day and year, there are lots of different birds to observe...and alligators! It is near the water treatment plant, and at the entrance is a chalk board where previous visitors have chalked in the birds they observed that day so that you can look for them too. There... More

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austin, TX
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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is a very nice little wetlands viewing spot. The elevated walkway extends several hundred feet into a wetlands area on the inland side of the island. We went on a day where a guide was present and she was very informative. Saw lots of shore birds, and had a glimpse of a nutria. Well designed and well kept. Great... More

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stumbled on this while out geocaching. This little area is loaded with wildlife! It's now on our Port A list of must-dos. Parking right there, benches in the shade, butterfly garden, and a boardwalk and observation tower over the water. We came back with our kids to show them all the animals. To name just a few that we... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This place was kinda hidden but well worth finding. It was a natural habitat of true wetlands. We saw nutrias, all kinds of birds, and we even saw an alligator. The place was so nice.

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