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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This was an interesting drive as you drive through the wall between Texas and Mexico, but still in... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
Clyde, Texas
via mobile
Mosquitoes, no animals but still had a good time

It was a great way to explore our hometown. Just bring mosquito repellent (deep woods stuff) bc the... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Brownsville, 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...more
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8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521-9140
+1 956-541-8034
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 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

2  Thank likenmo
Reviewed May 28, 2018 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

Thank blackcadillacs
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
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
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
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
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
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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July 3, 2016|
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Response from GorgasSciFoundation | Property representative |
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