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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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Ocala, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. Lots of wildlife, including man eating mosquitoes. If you are a birder, don't miss this wetland. Will certainly go back.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We must have went at the wrong time (~2:00pm) because there was hardly anything to see. Also, the boardwalk was filled with a bunch of spiderwebs...and I mean a lot! I was afraid to touch or lean against the sides. I was constantly making sure my kids were not touching spiderwebs too. This might have been better in the morning,... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There was 6 of us from 11 yrs to over 40 and we all enjoyed it last week. Bring your camera and binoculars for the best views. If you are a bird watcher, then the guided tour on Wednesday from 9am to 11 is for you. Free parking and free tour. The 11 ft female alligator named stinky was awesome... More

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Arlington, TX
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58 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I've had this on my "to do" list the past few times we've visited PA. Finally made it there this week. It's not as big as I expected, but that's ok. We enjoyed our visit. It was a good little learning experience for my daughter. We went mid day on a hot day (sunscreen and/or a hat is recommended) and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We didn't get to see the alligators but enjoyed the different species of birds. We saw a couple nutria as well. The boardwalk was cool and the garden provided a nice shady spot to relax. The guides were super friendly and knowledgeable.

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Abilene, TX
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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This place will not take you long to complete and take in, but it's worth the stop. There is no admission. Lots of wildlife to see, and a fun walk to take. You might be able to spend thirty minutes here if you really tried hard at it, but that's about it. After going here, we recommend checking out the... More

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Wimberley, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great boardwalk for viewing all types of waterbirds, including lots of green and blue herons. Boardwalk with two story viewing deck great for bird photography. You also may see an alligator in the murky water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The birding center was very interesting. Loved the boardwalk and all the different birds. Did not see the alligators, but it was very nice and the kids had a blast. Be warned that you will park in front of the Water Treatment Facility. The smell was overwhelming when we got out of the car. However, once in the butterfly garden... More

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Mosquitos were a problem until we used repellent. But worth the time to see the various bird and the two resident alligators. Also was neat to see many nutria. A nice evening walk after a big seafood dinner!

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Cedar Hill
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 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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