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“More habitat destruction” 1 of 5 stars
Review of South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
6801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
+1 956-761-6801
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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brookline, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“More habitat destruction”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This so-called birding center is a monument to artificiality and the current idea that a lot of glitz equals education. All the pretty diaramas and stuffed things and colorful exhibits are stomach-turning and unreal, phony and absurd. The fact that the idiotic building is there at all is simply mindblowing, as it tore up more habitat as did the convention center and electric company both of which should have been sacrificed to wildlife. The boardwalk is a delight still, however. The Texas coast is a mess and continues to be demolished by oil refineries and condominiums, so it is truly pathetic that a presumably environmentally aware group should erect this monstrosity.

Visited February 2013
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Hayward, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Worthwhile way to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Leisurely way to pass the afternoon. Modest entry fee ($4 for seniors). It was fun to try to spot the fifteen different wildlife described on the handout and then check them off. We were able to spot ten of the fifteen, including the alligator. Nice boardwalks make it an easy walk.

Visited February 2013
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Louisville, ky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Very relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Having stayed our 2nd winter, we didnt visit the first time. We picked a beautiful day to go and thorou ghly enjoyed our tour. It was fun watching birds in their natural habitat and so relaxing taking our time in this excellent facility. Did you know their were alligators? I didnt, what a nice surprise.

Visited January 2013
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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Worth your time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Fun for the family. The boardwalk is a mile and the wetlands are just beautiful! There is a print out of common birds and it is so much fun to walk around and check them off as you spot them. :D

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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47 attraction reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Birding paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

What a tremendous facility this is. If, like us, you're in to nature and birds in particular, this is heaven. The small fee ($4 for seniors) is worth every penny. The exhibits and look out tower are very well done, and the staff (volunteers?) are extremely helpful and friendly. Of course, the boardwalks are the biggest attraction for birders, with all kinds of herons, egrets, and other waterfowl gathering there. We had some of the closest views of Spoonbill, Tri colored Heron, and Blue winged Teal we've ever had. We're on the island for a month, so we bought passes, as we'll be coming back often.

Visited February 2013
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