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“It is an outstanding place with plants and wildlife native to this area.'” 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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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: Also on Facebook- South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
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Rancho Viejo
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“It is an outstanding place with plants and wildlife native to this area.'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

It is also free and take your camera and H20. It is about a two to three hour affair and wear walking shoes. The mornings are the better time, it's not so hot and the birds are still there because there is still shade.

Visited November 2012
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“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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ottawa
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“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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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“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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