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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
Phone Number: +1 956-541-8034
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Brownsville
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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).
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Kent
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This unique forest of sabal palms and other woodland is a magnet for wildlife. A morning here exploring the different habitats looking for birds was a great treat. Green jays were in abundance at the feeders. A green kingfisher and green heron kept watch at the ponds. Hawks and warblers were to be found in their habitats. The entire area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

interesting natural flauna very informative -- don't use att wireless, it will record as foreign use in mexico

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Went there for birding & were not disappointed. Loved speaking to the volunteer, another gentleman & visitors. Got good tips on where to go & what bird & photography books to buy. We wished we had more time. Be prepare to walk or take the trolley at its schedule.

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Tucson, AZ
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176 reviews 176 reviews
48 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A great refuge. New mgmt has done an excellent job. Audubon mismanaged and bad mouthed it re the "Fence". Trails good as ever . New butterfly garden very good.

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E. TN
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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