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

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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New York City, New York
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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!

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Brownsville, Texas
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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.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Sabal Palm Sanctuary was one of our favorite stops in south Texas. We were looking for birds, and this turned out to be a fabulous spot.. Often bird guides list lots of species that one seldom sees. Not true here, we saw many of the unusual species that move north from Mexico in walking distance from the main house.... More 

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Brenham, Texas
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Address: Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
Phone Number: +1 956-541-8034
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Brownsville
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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