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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Address: 710 W Avenue a, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone Number: +1 361-749-4111
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Surprising almost hidden gem of a bird and critter sanctuary

If you go to Port Aransas for any reason at any time, do not miss this. The sooner the better, though, as development south of there is increasing traffic and crowds. We've been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you go to Port Aransas for any reason at any time, do not miss this. The sooner the better, though, as development south of there is increasing traffic and crowds. We've been visiting here since 2006. Surprised the first time, glad we visited every year since then. There is always something you didn't see before, from alligators to baby... More 

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw a listing talking about the birding center and were very surprised at the variety of birds we saw there. The various birding sites (there are several) can be hard to find, but they are worth the trouble. The best by far is a boardwalk right by their water treatment plant. It leads to a wetland pond that has... More 

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Thank Steven P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best birding site there was around! We went back a second time as there are so many wonderful sights! Take your time as it's worth it!

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This bird center tucked away on the edge of town is not easy to find because even the directions on the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center website take you to the wrong place. The directions on Tripadvisor are also wrong. When we finally stumbled upon it I clicked maps on my phone to get the exact location. Type in this address... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far, the most memorable part of visiting was seeing the huge alligators, one of which was a stone's throw from the walking path. We weren't sure what to expect from the "birding center" and there really is no "center" at all. (We thought maybe there would be a little building with guides or displays like other nature centers we've... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had time to visit the center on 3 days. Each day in the morning we saw Sora, Roseate Spoonbills, Green wing teal, American Bittern, Glossy and White Ibis and many, many other birds. There were 3 different gators, red eared slider turtles and many Nutria mammals. What is nice about the place it is free, has the habitat to... More 

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Neptune, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While we expected to see some birds and perhaps other wildlife, we did not expect to see so many different waterfowl located in one small area At every turn there was another species swimming, searching for food, sunning or resting among the reeds. During our visit there happened to be several locals and/or photographers on the boardwalk and they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No admission fee, beautiful, the birds are so close, this is a must see for bird lovers and photographers alike, You walk into the bird's environment with a very nice boardwalk and a 2 story viewing station. So peaceful and so many species to view and observe.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short boardwalk into the wetlands. In addition to multiple species of ducks and shorebirds - We saw two crocs [likely resident] and a nutria. All of them were quite unfazed by the close proximity of admirers on the boardwalk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't see a great many birds when we went, but the trails (boardwalks) are well kept and the site it appealing. It's right on the shipping route, and there are warnings to watch out for large waves created by the ships as they pass by. This makes it exciting for children. Take hand sterilizer because the latrines have no... More 

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