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“Worth a stop on the way to Boca Chica Beach”

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).
Buda, Texas
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78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Worth a stop on the way to Boca Chica Beach”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We found this while searching for things to do in the Brownsville, Tx area. My beautiful wife and I stopped here on the way to the beach. It was about 6 miles r/t off the beach route, but if you are a birder, it's a must stop. We saw Greenjays, yes green, that are indigenous to South Texas, and many other birds not seen in other areas. The sanctuary is a reforested area near the Rio Grande River, formerly part of a cotton plantation. Bring some hiking shoes and mosquito repellant for the trail. We went the day after Labor Day and there were no Mosquitos, but they recommend it anyways. The staff was very knowledgeable about the birds in this area. Worth a stop.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Mikey143
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Rangpur, null, Bangladesh
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Huge Collection of Sabal Palms”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Sabal Palm is kind of tree. It has a very nice and hard timber. It can reduce the temperature of our weather. Sabal Palm has both flower and fruit. There is a web site which is growing the plantation of Sabal Palm. You can get information at http://www.palmtreedepot.com/Palm_Trees/Home.html This site will give you more information about this tree.This tree can contribute a lot in reducing global warning.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank Nasim_piash
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61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great birds & butterflies”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

The butterfly garden has grown since I was last there about 8 years earlier. If you are into birds, you could spend most of a day here. Also took the tour of the old plantation house with a great docent - well worth the fee.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank CtFreddie
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Texarkana, Texas
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Staff are very informative and helpful for beginning birders like us!”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

We enjoy hiking and photographing in various places in many states. This park is a relaxing, peaceful, and has well maintained trails. Wearing long sleeves and pants may be better than spray for the mosquitoes so you do not have to stop and reapply. The workers are very friendly and happy to share their knowledge with you. We enjoyed talking to them as much as the walk!

Visited April 2012
1 Thank traveling1s
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Brownsville, Texas
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Not always a good idea”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Hot/humid months are not the greatest due to mosquitos and heat

Thank Mely S
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