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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521-9140
+1 956-541-8034
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Run down property

To start with, the guy at the desk in the plantation house was less than helpful. There isn't much... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
likenmo
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New Braunfels, Texas
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Interesting

This was an interesting drive as you drive through the wall between Texas and Mexico, but still in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
greengardener2014
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Clyde, Texas
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Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the United States as well as one of the few remaining historic river plantations in the region. Over 4 miles of hiking trails lead visitors through the palm forest, wetland board walks, river observation deck, and multiple bird blinds. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequent our feeders, Armadillos rummage our trails, Least Grebes and Green Kingfishers hunt the wetlands, and Great Horned Owl calls haunt the forest. The recently restored 4,000 sq ft 1892 Rabb Plantation home now serves as our new Sabal Palm Sanctuary visitor center. Take a stroll through the grove, a short walk down to the Rio Grande, or join us for one of our guided birding walks or history tours (seasonal, typically November thru March - please call for schedule).
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8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521-9140
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To start with, the guy at the desk in the plantation house was less than helpful. There isn't much to see in the house. The trails were well marked but what looked like it might have been a very nice garden and sitting area at...More

Thank likenmo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting drive as you drive through the wall between Texas and Mexico, but still in Texas. There are 4 miles of trails and one will take you to overlook the Rio Grande and the border to Mexico. The Raab plantation house is...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

It was a shock to see how this place has gone downhill from 5 years ago. Yes, the trails are well marked, but the gardens and feeding stations are run down. The water level in the Resaca is also low(not the fault of the management)

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

It was a great way to explore our hometown. Just bring mosquito repellent (deep woods stuff) bc the other natural ones and essential oil blends dont do the work. Long sleeve shirts and pants... watch out for ticks when you leave. Dont you just love...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

We are not 'birders' but still had a grand time visiting this place. Our favorite moment was a lecture on local history by a retired college professor. He was well-informed and an engaging storyteller. We'd a pleasant walk on the grounds and did see some...More

Thank MCle
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

The plantation house has been restored and it is obvious that a lot of work went into it. The two best parts of the sanctuary, however, are the nature trails where a huge number of birds that are not found in Central Texas (my home)...More

Thank HANK003
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Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

We were on South Padre Island and stopped at a coffee shop where a gentleman told us about the house. It wasn’t till we were trying to get our map app to take us there that we found out it was a bird sanctuary. The...More

1  Thank Ronald T
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

It was a bit disappointing after reading the reviews I expected more. Only a small part of the main floor of the house was open for viewing. It was a ways to drive just to walk on a few trails. Not worth the $5.00 per...More

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

The history of Brownsville is fascinating, and very well told in this sanctuary for the 29 remaining acres of palm forest left out of the original 60,000. On Saturday mornings there is a bird/nature walk through the trails [one of the few places in the...More

1  Thank Kathleen J
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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Free range place, I love the solidarity that you feel here and i would recommend anybody to come here. it is a little far from any regular place, but it is definitely worth it.

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Hello, and thank you for your interest! We have also been very interested in the rumored Tarzan filming at our Sanctuary. However, it is our understanding that the first Tarzan movie was filmed in its entirety in the swamps... More
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