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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
+1 956-541-8034
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Brownsville
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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). « less
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E. TN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place is not only ecologically beautiful, it is also very well developed for birding access and for service to the visitors. The trail system is well marked and the blinds and boardwalks make bird access excellent. The satff is very friendly and know the birds and locations.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A hidden treasure for bird watching in south Texas. The historical Rabb Mansion has been restored for use as the new visitor centre. A beautiful facility and helpful staff. We were very fortunate to see a nesting great horned owl beside the center thanks to staff placing a scope focused on the female owl. The trails are easy to walk... More

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Brandon,Manitoba Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We loved the sanctuary the minute we drove up infront of the plantation house. We signed in, got our map and directions we'd need for a fun day of exploring. Found a comfortable table on the veranda and ate our picnic lunch before heading out. The paths were very well marked and paths very easy to walk. We put in... More

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Harlingen, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

We live in the Rio Grande Valley and have been to Sabol Palms previously BBF (before border fence). We decided to make the trip today. Upon arriving we found the new visitors center is in an old mansion which has now been restored. The trails were as we remembered, beautiful, tranquil and quiet. It's a great place to spend an... More

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North Bay, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

We have been to all the birding sites in the Rio Grande Valley, and this one is in our top three. We loved the variety of birds at the main birding/feeding station and that they have a webcam that can be accessed through the app Ustream, that has let us enjoy the birds even when we aren't there. The trails... More

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Los Fresnos, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This small park is located right alongside the Rio Grande, even overlooking the river from platforms. It is an outstanding place to view the many species of birds that both live here and migrate through. Some are rare, some beautiful, some both!

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Tooele, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The House is being restored and the trails are a pleasant way to enjoy nature who knows what birds you'll be adding to your list.

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Portugal
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Sabal Palm Sanctuary is an amazing green place with lots of vegetation in full contrast with the surrounding region. Here you'll find what's left of the native sabal palm forest, beautiful birds, butterflies (lovely!!), insects and plants. Whether you're a birder or just a nature lover this is a must visit. The bird feeder is the perfect place to watch... More

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Lovettsville, Va
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

They've done an amazing job of bringing the house back to life. The sanctuary is right on the Rio Grande and you can look directly into Mexico from the viewing shelter. There are many places to view all kinds of birds, from the migratory ones to the permanent residents. The flowering trees and plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies galore! The... More

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Brownsville, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

I'm lucky enough to live here in Brownsville, and this is easily the best birding place here. All you have to do is sit at the visitor center and tally up your list. The paths are nice and the type of birds change throughout the park. There are almost always Altimara Oriels, Green Jays, Plain Chachalacas, Green Kingfishers among many,... More

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