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Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
Phone Number: +1 956-541-8034
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one...
Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the United States as well as one of the few remaining historic river plantations in the region. Over 4 miles of hiking trails lead visitors through the palm forest, wetland board walks, river observation deck, and multiple bird blinds. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequent our feeders, Armadillos rummage our trails, Least Grebes and Green Kingfishers hunt the wetlands, and Great Horned Owl calls haunt the forest. The recently restored 4,000 sq ft 1892 Rabb Plantation home now serves as our new Sabal Palm Sanctuary visitor center. Take a stroll through the grove, a short walk down to the Rio Grande, or join us for one of our guided birding walks or history tours (seasonal, typically November thru March - please call for schedule).
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A National Treasure!

I am so glad I finally got down here to see these truly awesome remnant specimens of native Texas palms!!! This is something you CANNOT see ANYWHERE else in the world. The only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Brenham, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I am so glad I finally got down here to see these truly awesome remnant specimens of native Texas palms!!! This is something you CANNOT see ANYWHERE else in the world. The only species of palm that is truly native toTexas, Sabal texana, and whole groves of them all in one preserve! Be sure you study it just a little... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wonderful natural habitat which has a lot of interesting birds. It is best to plan your visit in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.

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Salem, Oregon
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Really great place to see native plants. Amazing palms! Salamanders live here. Mosquitos were bad, bring Off! Trails were muddy, wear rubber boots! Bring your camera, cuz you're gonna see a variety of gorgeous birds

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We found that this park has a lot of potential but needs lots of repairs. The main building needs lots of repair and appears it was very nice in its day. Hopefully the new owner will spruce it up.

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Greenbush, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Very easy to access. Beautiful drive along island. Sand dunes for climbing and many sheltered picnic areas available. Huge variety of shorebirds, waterfowl and passerines in area. Wooden boardwalks extent out into the shoreline and few areas are sheltered with benches to watch the fun.

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Wasilla
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I went to this sanctuary for the birds and was really pleased. The feeder area attracts several species and the trails include several more species. My wife and I returned at a later date; my wife to hear about the history of the house on the sanctuary property. The historian was so interesting that I quit birding for awhile to... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The sabal palm is the only native TX species of palm tree, and the variety used to grow abundantly in the Rio Grand Valley, the southern border of Texas (and the U.S.) Now very few stands of native habitat remain in that busy agricultural region. This is where some of the most unusual TX wildlife species may be seen, including... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This sanctuary is at one of the most southerly spots in south Texas. There is a plantation manor that has been restored and which serves as the office and gift shop. Outside the manor is a butterfly garden and a feeding station where may bird species frequent. At the old office building beyond the old parking lot, is another feeding... More 

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Sioux Falls
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is a small sanctuary very close to Brownsville and the Rio Grande River that should not be missed by any birding enthusiast. Don't let the fact that you are driving through "the fence" and the sanctuary is actually outside the perimeter of the fence to put you off. We didn't arrive there until late in the morning but even... More 

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Ha Long
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I recently visited this site and was impressed with the willingness of staff to share their knowledge. Walking up the front sidewalk, there was a small scope trained on an owl in a palm tree so anyone could view. The historic home was part of a large plantation. Only a few furnishings are original and no photos are available for... More 

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