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“Great Place for South Texas Birding” 5 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Also on Facebook- South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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“Great Place for South Texas Birding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We are staying in South Padre for a week, and I purchased a 7-day pass for the Birding Center for $15. There are numerous boardwalks that take you past several pools. Two of the bird blinds at the end of the boardwalks are out in the Laguna Madre. You have great views of mud flats, pools, marshes, and areas of sand dunes. We saw dozens of species in a two-hour visit during midday -- I'm excited to go back at sunrise.

The Center itself is very peaceful -- There is a gift shop with mostly souvenir-type items, but also several bird guides as well as a South Texas Coastal checkoff list for $1. From the tower you have a nice view of the entire boardwalk area & out into the Laguna Madre.

If you buy the $15 7-day pass, you have access to the boardwalks from sunrise to sunset, even after the Center is closed. The pass is a plastic swipe card that can be used at a turnstile to enter the viewing areas.

Our children, ages 10 & 13 enjoyed looking for alligators, but were also pretty impressed with the Roseate Spoonbills & numerous peeps, ducks, herons & egrets seemingly everywhere you look.

Great place for both serious birders & families who enjoy nature.

Visited March 2013
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“From birds to crocodiles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Nice location, well designed with lots of walkways and viewing areas. Opportunity to see a variety of birds, even a few crocodiles. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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Leonard, Texas
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“Don't Miss This Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is like being in an outside zoo. Very nice and clean. Very interesting. Always lots of birds to see. Don't miss it. Its $5.

Visited February 2013
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Southern MN
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“If you enjoy birds, then this is for you!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We enjoyed a short video on turtles in the birding center before heading out to the boardwalk outside. Then we visited the museum upstairs. What a joyful afternoon spent here with my two children.

Visited March 2013
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“Bring your camera”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

A must see while on the island. Self guided tour with an abundance of wildlife. Bring a hat, binoculars,a camera and good walking shoes.

Visited March 2013
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