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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
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Thu - Tue 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jessica W
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars 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 

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars 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 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We had a nice walk. We some some birds and a cool snake. They guy inside was very helpful. The trails the border patrol keep cleared are great for finding animal tracks.

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Thank DavidMakynen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Had a great experience! It was fun, a short visit, but going back to stay longer. They were many different birds, plants, and the scenery was amazing.

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Thank Anna P
Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

I highly recommend this place for bird watch, border wall spot, nature people, and people who are looking for something different. It's crazy because the river separates this place by a few feet from Mexico. I was greeting people from the other side. Love this place

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Its so awesome to just go on a nature walk and look at all the scenery and nuature. Take shorts and pick up a walking stick and your good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

It's a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy nature. I believe the fall and spring are the best times to visit since our summers are so hot. Nice walking trails where you can view different birds and they migrate south or back north. The vegetation is very nice in the spring and as a bonus you can visit the... More 

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