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“Small but interesting”

Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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).
Brownsville, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

I used to volunteer here with my university club. The park is small but holds a variety of plants and most importantly birds. I haven't been there in almost a year but the only thing I would caution would be the entrance. It's a little hidden and it is a dirt road. Other than that if you come after a rain spell or summer make sure to bring bug spray! Thankfully the trees are tall and full enough to block most of the famous Brownsville sun but make sure to cover up anyways. Most people are volunteers and are happy to be there and thus very friendly. I know that they also recently renovated a historic house in the park and use it to hold events and meetings as well.

Visited March 2011
Thank Michelle M
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Snohomish, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Birding on the Rio Grande.”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

great birding among the Sabal palms. It was closed for a year due to budget problems but now is back open. Since it is right on the river, you have to go through a gate to the other side of the wall. Be sure to take bug spray.

Visited February 2012
Thank steamboaters
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Rustic little park with unique palms on the Rio Grande”
Reviewed February 3, 2012

It's interesting to learn about sabal palms, go for a walk, and be right there next to the Rio Grande. It's special because it's simple.

Thank AnneSturdivant
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Ontario Canada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great bird watching”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Visited last week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The flora is unique with large palm trees as well as both deciduous and evergreen forest. When checking in they gave us binoculars for our visit. Saw numerous birds especially at the outlook over a small lake. Saw lots of birds beside the office where staff feed them. Also got a close-up look at the Rio Grande. Well worth the $5 entry fee.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank Hank49
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La Porte
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Easter Sunday At Sabal Palm”
Reviewed March 29, 2008

Really a nice place. Enjoyed walking the trails and viewing the wildlife. Staff was pleasant and very helpful. Highly recommend.

1 Thank rtjones731
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