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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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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to...

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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Green Jays!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank danielKeiran
Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Markclo1
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133 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank ellewlw
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

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.

Thank HunBabe
Port Isabel, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

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 

1 Thank Jean P
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

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 

Thank Leigh A
Brownsville, Texas
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

This park is equipped with tours, vending, gift shop and very friendly people. The best part was the awesome scenery. The narrow roads were complete with lots of trees, resacas and restrooms. We were able to rent bicycles for 5.00 each which was for the whole day! We went on a Saturday but we still had the sanctuary for ourselves!... More 

Thank SylviaV2
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Be close to nature is the best thing we could experience. I agree that there are many other places really amazing, but in here, you definitely can skip ( if you like nature)... Walking trail is good, not to long, so family can afford it due to hot weather...

Thank Carlos P
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Gorgeous sanctuary for birders and nature lovers. Saw many birds we never saw before, including Green Jays and Chachalacas and two species of orioles. Beautiful trails through a jungle like habitat. It's right on US/Mexico border but within the US so no passport needed. Very helpful staff in beautiful nature center housed in historic building. Highly recommended!

2 Thank Chachalaca11
Brownsville, Texas
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

An excellent place to get back to nature. Great birding and great friendly staff. One of the only places to see Sabal palms and many different species of birds that you will only find here.

Thank Javier A

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