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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

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Address: 6801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
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+1 956-761-6801
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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S.P.I. Birding Center

Beautiful view from the tower. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The walkway was very well kept and clean. I really enjoyed seeing all the different species of birds... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sheryl D
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Grand Island
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Grand Island
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful view from the tower. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The walkway was very well kept and clean. I really enjoyed seeing all the different species of birds as well as an alligator. I will be back again.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went when it was fairly foggy. Made it very hard to see anything that wasn't right in front of us. Nice, leisurely walk, but otherwise fairly boring...maybe because we couldn't see much. If you bring kids, buy the bird seed. They did enjoy feeding the ducks that followed us and liked seeing the alligator.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is a sweet little spot for viewing a slice of local nature. A nicely constructed boardwalk takes the wanderer to various bird lookouts on a circuit from and back to the Nature Center. A good walk to view alligators, fish, birds of every feather, and local plant life. The Nature Center offers a... More 

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Thank SueFromWinnipeg
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the free tour and saw 28 different species of birds, 5 alligators, and even a few hermit crabs. It is the best deal on South Padre Island. Do NOT miss it.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a model of a well planned and thought out center. The boardwalk takes you out and back with lots of good views. I tried to find the low ratings and the main issue appears to be when one goes and the hot humid weather. Plan ahead go early or later in the day. The birds are there. Our... More 

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Diamond, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent birding adventure for the novice to the expert. Awesome opportunities for up close photography. Would have liked to have someone working in the center who was a little more knowledgeable about birds. Overall, an awesome experience.

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Thank rangerstone2
Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoy birds, but I am not a 'birder'. The leaders were very helpful and made the tour much more special than just walking the boardwalk by myself. Spending time at the Birding and Nature Center is well worth the entrance fee.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum (where you start the tour) is beautiful, with many displays and informative plaques geared to learners of all ages. The outside 'trail" is actually a wood-plank walkway (with rails) that takes you on a journey through the preserve, with signs along the way explaining what wildlife you'll see in that area. Plenty of birds were EVERYWHERE (and even... More 

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Thank Veronica B
South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed guided tour this morning. Lovely wildlife including birds and fish. The tower is great for viewing whole island.

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Thank Birdbet
Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a birder so I'm very excited about this place. There are shore birds and sea birds everywhere! And we saw 3 alligators as well! It was foggy when we first arrived around 10:30 am but then it burned off and we were able to see a variety of interesting birds including Great Blue Heron, Tri-Colored Heron, Great Egret, Common... More 

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