South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Karen L
Wadsworth, OH3 contributions
Jan 2020
Great place. Attended a special event , the winter outdoor wildlife event. What a deal. The $7 admission included the center plus the speakers and a LIVE raptor show. Fun and educational. The boardwalks run past alligator ponds wetland, shore areas and wading ponds. There must have been 20 gators in the juvenile pond. Great value for the money.
Written January 25, 2020
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Phill N
306 contributions
Dec 2021
Since this attraction opened we have been stopping by to view the birds and now the alligators. In the UK our Astoria population is very seldom seen, and here they are striving.
I hope everyone realizes what a special place is the South Texas ecosystem.
Written December 7, 2021
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Erika H
18 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
Terrific guided 2 hour birding tour starting at 8:30 am (book it online) and led by Javi, naturalist, just $5 in addition to admission and absolutely worth it. Short, level boardwalk (about 3/4 of a mile) covering several habitats (salt water mangrove to the bay to fresh water) with a variety of birds frequenting each area. Tranquil stroll with lots of stops to admire the many birds. Javi set up his own telescope for us, in order to highlight certain birds, their plumage and even a huge shell. He was extremely knowledgeable and delighted in pointing out the different birds to us.

There is also a small alligator habitat at the beginning of the bird walk.

Great experience!
Written February 26, 2021
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Mienie
Harker Heights, TX14 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
I was very excited to visit the facility, since I am an avid birdwatcher and nature enthusiast. We fed the tortoises and then walked along the boardwalk towards “Big Padre’s” area. The workers were trying to motivate the alligator into showing himself to the bystanders. He did not come up to the surface, and the one worker started poking him with a pipe. At first he used a short pipe, but the alligator tried to hide in deeper waters and then he continued to harass him with a longer pipe. I asked them to stop, but they continued to poke the alligator and agitate him so that he could get out of the water and the spectators could take a picture of him (I assume). Then the other worker started splashing the water with a broom. This really annoyed the poor animal and he was outraged when he arose out of the water and made a deep sound and bit off the bottom of the broom. Of course this was applauded by the small audience, since conservation apparently equals sensationalism. I felt sick to my stomach and reported the incident to the person working at the cashier register and she was not overly friendly and referred me to the manager. He was professional and agreed that this type of treatment is unacceptable. I had to leave the facility, because the lack of respect towards nature under the artificial label of “conservation” broke my heart. Please, that animal has the right to peace. How many times should he be subjected to this type of harassment in a day?
I was trying to escape the rat race only to be reminded of the preposterous commercialization and insensitive treatment of animals and the gorgeous coast.

What a horrific experience.
Written November 26, 2020
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curioustraveler65
Richardson, TX85 contributions
Feb 2020
We visit the Birding Center each time we visit South Padre Island. On this trip we took a guided bird walk there for the first time.
We were on the walk for 3 hours, and enjoyed every minute of the time. Our volunteer guide, Robert, is very knowledgeable as well as friendly and patient. He answers all questions about the center's birds and wildlife, and seems to enjoy the experience as much as the visitors do.
Bird walks occur at 9 am and 1 pm, but I recommend the morning walk if possible because the birds seem to be more active and abundant in the morning.
Binoculars are available for rent ($3.00)
Written February 9, 2020
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Lynn A
7 contributions
Feb 2021
The birding center is a must for Padre Island visitors. The boardwalks make it easy for anyone to enjoy an incredible day watching area and migratory birds. Binoculars are available from the center at little cost and enhance the visit. The entrance fee is very reasonable and allows visitors to come and go throughout the day. This time was my 3rd visit, and I'll go back every time on on South Padre Island.
Written February 27, 2021
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deb0217
Dallas, TX115 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a fun place to visit. It was hot when we went, but the boardwalk has a lot of great things to look at and informational boards along the way. We loved feeding the alligators and tortoises! The inside museum offers a lot of good information and live animals to look at. The view from the observation tower makes a great photo! They also had good enforcement of COVID-19 precautions... face masks required inside and on the boardwalk when physical distancing is not possible.
Written July 23, 2020
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RoxieV
Bradford, PA211 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was great, well worth the small amount they charge. While there, you walk on raised walkways throughout a nature preserve. We saw multiple alligators, turtles, fish and many species of birds. They have a gift shop and some inside displays that are all included in the cost. You go at your own pace, and the entry fee is good for the entire day so you are able to come and go. Definitely spend some time here.
Written February 25, 2020
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leighhushfield
Fate, TX5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The birding center was very attractive and the boardwalk area well maintained. The cost is also very reasonable. We really enjoyed the alligator talk and watching them feed “big padre”. The only drawback was there were no birding guides because of COVID. The guides are really what you are paying for because you can park and walk the boardwalk for free. I still feel it was worth the investment.
Written July 11, 2020
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Roberta B
Cibolo, TX138 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The center gives a talk on alligators where you can hold a baby alligator and get a picture. The walk is on wooden boardwalks where you get a good view of Laguna Madre and go through surrounding wetlands. We saw a number of birds, fish, and crustaceans. The center has a small museum and gift shop as well as a bird tower to see more of the area. It does cost money to go in. Nice walk and I enjoyed reading the signs explaining the local wildlife.
Written June 10, 2021
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