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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521 (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
Phone Number: +1 956-541-8034
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one...

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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Biking at its finest

We loved this place, we rode our bikes to go and explore an historic place and this was it. Very well maintained and well kept. Antique furniture looks beautiful, a beautiful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Terry Q
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved this place, we rode our bikes to go and explore an historic place and this was it. Very well maintained and well kept. Antique furniture looks beautiful, a beautiful location.

Thank Terry Q
Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I first visited the Sanctuary about 6 months ago and fell in love! It is pristine wilderness and feel a sense of calmness when walking the trails. We loved it so much, that we decided to take our engagement pictures here! Do stop by and visit if you are in the area!!

Thank Qeew
Beaumont, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw Green jays galore I snapped a photo of a Buff Bellied Hummingbird that was really a sight to see rabbits were hopping around and some good bird blinds. Even on an overcast afternoon we enjoyed our visit. There are clean restrooms and snacks along with gifts available for purchase.

Thank Nana T
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to do some bird watching while on vacation at South Padre Island. I'm glad I picked Sabal Palm to do so. There are 4 miles of well marked trails to view birds and see native habitat.

Thank Mosslady53
Rio Dulce Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

The Sabal Palm Sanctuary name does not begin to tell the story. Until you come to this Sanctuary, there is nothing in the Rio Grande Valley except perhaps in Roma which gives the experience of what it must have been like to have lived during the mid 1800s beside the Rio Grande River. A must is the book, "PETRA" available... More 

Thank iingua
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Grew up in the Brownsville never knew this was he÷(. Visit family; and was looking for some Brownsville history and enjoying nice family walk to the Rio Grand.

Thank Jessica W
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

We found this while looking for things to do on TA. It's a real hidden gem. It's designed as a Bird Sanctuary and there are trails to walk and birds to see. You walk in to the house to register and pay $5. There are some restored rooms inside that are very well done so don't miss them. Then just... More 

2 Thank Richard F
Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to get back to nature. Lots of birds and hiking trails. The restored house is gorgeous. Well worth a visit.

Thank cubarican1
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

This IS something you should do if you are in the Brownsville/South Padre area. I were surprised when we passed the border patrol and "the wall" which is actually a VERY tall wood fence. It cost only $5. You can only tour the bottom floor of the cotton plantation which has many beautiful antiques. They allowed us to use their... More 

1 Thank Sharon B
Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

It was too windy at SPI for our last beach day so we went down to Brownsville. Decided to check this place out based on TripAdvisor reviews. Visitor center was closed so we didn't get a lot of info about it. Nor did we have to pay. But we walked a few trails and enjoyed our short visit. Those palms... More 

1 Thank Rmsaunders

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