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“Beautiful surroundings”

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
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Owner description: Also on Facebook- South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
Useful Information: Activities for older children
South Padre Island, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

The facilities are fantastic. The 3 story building gives you a terrific view of both sides of the island (bay and gulf). You can walk the long board walk and see so many different types of birds. I love to go to the Birding Center to photograph the wildlife.

Visited October 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great trail”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We really enjoyed the birding center. The center is well kept and we saw a lot of birds. It was just nice to sit and absorb the calm of nature.

Visited October 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“SPI birds”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

For $5.00 each, we spent a couple of hours at this center, walking along a boardwalk looking out at birds in natural habitats. We were given a "scavenger hunt" sheet with colored pictures of birds to look for and check off. When we went up to the birding tower (elevator provided), we could look out over the center and much of the island. From that height we were able to see an alligator swimming along. This center provides a resting place for birds migrating from Mexico and a home for threatened and endangered species. It was a hot, sunny day, but there were seven covered bird blinds to give some relief, and we enjoyed our visit very much.

Visited October 2012
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West Des Moines, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“bird's eye view of the island's marsh wildlife”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Located next door to the Sea Turtle, Inc. rehab center is this gem of a nature center and museum. I love to wander around the boardwalks and watch the catfish swimming in the channel. I can also look around and see a variety of birds hidden in the tall grasses and cat tails. In the center, they have a find the animal game where you take the sheet and see if you can spot all the animals listed as you walk around.

Inside the center, on the first floor where the information desk is, there are restrooms, a gift shop, a small theater where they show a documentary about the wildlife of the island. On the second floor are the museum displays about the island's wildlife history. These are very well detailed displays, so you may want to plan for at least an hour to get through it. In the third story of the tower is the observation deck (interior and exterior). You have an awesome view of both the laguna madre as well as the gulf of mexico side of the island.

At various points on the boardwalk, there are covered areas where you can sit down and rest. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and cameras. Great place for nature photography.

Visited October 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The walk around the facility was a little long but didn't get to see but a couple of birds. Maybe next time. The exhibits were great.

Visited October 2012
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