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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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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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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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South Texas as it once was, and lot's of "Birding oportunities"

A really neat preservation of what South Texas was like complete with the restored/preserved house. Great Birding and just Nature observing as well with very friendly and helpful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Chuck B
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Cornell, Michigan
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Cornell, Michigan
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A really neat preservation of what South Texas was like complete with the restored/preserved house. Great Birding and just Nature observing as well with very friendly and helpful staff!

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Allerton, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Sabal Palm for bird watching for several years and never get tired of the experience. The Rabb House is being restored and it is fun to see the progress each year as I return to the area as a Winter Texan. Be sure to join David on Saturday morning bird walk!

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Thank Kay T
Harlingen, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking through the trails and sitting and watching birds feed at their feeder stations and throughout the park. We were able to observe many different birds and decided to take up this hobby from our experience there. The lady at the bookstore helped us obtain a publication which we have found helpful in identifying birds. If you love... More 

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1 Thank Imelda F
iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Hospitality was wonderful! Divided our group of 44 into two groups for the facility/history tour and the birding tour. Guides came on their day off to accommodate us. Both were EXTREMELY knowledgeable. The birder could listen to each of the many bird calls and tell us what it was, identify the flying birds, and also inform us of the fauna.... More 

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1 Thank texasbunny
Sacramento, California
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This place is amazing. They have a wonderful feeding station set up. When we arrived there were Green Jays, Buff-bellied Hummers, Black Crested Titmouse and White-tipped doves in the area. We spent a good fifteen minutes photographing the various birds. Then we hit the trails. They had had a lot of rain, so the skeeters were a little thick back... More 

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Thank danielKeiran
Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This place is a hidden gem. A beautiful forest with some great trails. Easily manageable for both young children and older people. Great wildlife to see, the variety and colour if the the birds especially makes this a worthwhile trip. Great overlooks of the rio grande and the wetlands as well. Hope this place can continue to grow in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Bring bug spray and binoculars and plenty of water - this is a gorgeous chunk of paradise that's a little confusing to get to, but well worth the effort! Wildlife diversity is astonishing and the plants are incredible. Take your time and don't rush it; there's more you see every time you go.

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Thank ellewlw
Houston, Texas
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Spent the morning walking the trails and observing the wildlife. It was warm and humid, definitely a place where bug spray and a couple bottles of water for your walk are needed. Take your time and enjoy. It's a magical place.

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Thank HunBabe
Port Isabel, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Bring your camera, binoculars, BUG SPRAY, water and plan to spend a few hours ejoying the last of the Sabal Palms. In the 17th century this entire area along the Rio Grande River was a Sabal Palm forrest. The Foundation has done a great job of preserving what once was.... If you enjoy hiking, birds, fauna...this is a hidden little... More 

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2 Thank Jean P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

I remember visiting this place as a child. One of the bits of trivia that we learned was that the old black and white Tarzan movie had been shot among the many hanging vines! Or at least that's what they told us! It is or was a habitat for the endangered ocelot as well. Haven't been back since they revamped... More 

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