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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

#2 of 43 things to do in Port Aransas Features Animals
Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Take your time

Don't rush through this place. Stop and really look at your surroundings. Things to see may be a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tulsa, Oklahoma
via mobile
Saw 8 different kinds of birds. At least two gators live there

We went to this birding center which is located next to the Waste water plant, so yes there is some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't rush through this place. Stop and really look at your surroundings. Things to see may be a small bird going nose to nose with a snake, a mother bird grabbing a fish and feeding it to her chick or a rodent working its way...More

Thank Tennis298
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this birding center which is located next to the Waste water plant, so yes there is some smell. And you're walking on a walkway out over the treated water that attracts birds and fish and gators because there is so little fresh...More

Thank Gary1836
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not know about alligators, but were lucky enough to see one while at the bird sanctuary!!So exciting!Lots of birds and other wildlife as well!

Thank ridergirl1991
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good bird site and coming back frequently probably lends itself to some good variety of birds. It's fairly small though and right next to a water treatment plant. If there are any people when you visit there, you probably wont see much...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited many times but this was our first opportunity to see American Coot chicks and Gallinules chicks. They are cute!! We visited around 5:30 p.m.

Thank LoneStarTrvlr
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My only issue with this place was the wide expanse of oil rigs and industry feel at the entrance as well as in the distance. Besides that, this is an excellent place to view the salt marsh and animals in it. It is free, too.

Thank Veronesi413
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Port A. has provided several excellent locations for birding and this is one of the best! Boardwalks, viewing tower, and walkways take right among the marshes and trees and provides great birding opportunities!

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

For the cost of an honor system donation, you can get up close and personal with the island's native wildlife. Some varieties are only found in this area. There is a boardwalk that takes you about a quarter mile in to salt marsh. There is...More

Thank hillje
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Not a huge place but very pleasant walk and excellent birding site. We didn't see any of the resident alligators this visit but did see a variety of water fowl.

Thank mlonthego
Reviewed 7 May 2017

It has been years since I was last here but there was a cold front that came through while we were here for Sand Fest so I wanted to come and see what was stopping over during migration. Man were we surprised. Lots of colorful...More

Thank HereWeGo2015
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Sally M
Is there still a talk on birds on Wednesdays at ? 9 am?
4 October 2016|
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Response from TxStar | Reviewed this property |
Last time I checked there was. Just show up and join in.
I read something on Whooping Cranes that come to the area, and now I cant find where that is. Would you happen to know? Thank you
7 August 2016|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
The Aransas National Wildlife webpage is a good source of info The Whopping Cranes generally arrive in October and stay until March Hope this is helpful
Liese S
Are dogs allowed to visit (on leash of course)?
5 June 2015|
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Response from Donna98447 | Reviewed this property |
NO dogs, please. Not at this small locale. Birders are trying to see lifetime listers; you will be ousted. Follow other directions above for dog care. Mustang Island dogs okay.