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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521 (Formerly Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary)
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+1 956-541-8034
07:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Tue 07:00 - 17:00

Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one...

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).

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My wife and I came out here for a relaxing day of birding and hiking. It was so peaceful. There were lots of birds at the main feeding site. We were entertained as a... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Keller, Texas
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Keller, Texas
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My wife and I came out here for a relaxing day of birding and hiking. It was so peaceful. There were lots of birds at the main feeding site. We were entertained as a White-tailed Kite soared right over heads.

Thank mcasabar
Urbandale, Iowa
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The guided tours on Saturday are well worth the trip to Sabal Palm. David Benn, a life long Brownsville resident, does the tours and you'll very likely see and learn more on the tour than you could on your own. Bring your binoculars and be ready to see some birds, reptiles, butterflies and who knows what else. The park is... More 

2 Thank C7driver
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

$5 entrance fee more than worth the couple hours of bird viewing, walking, and so fun to cross over the "wall" without a passport as it is all on American side.

1 Thank sheary s
Haw River, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It's one of the few places north of the border (and just barely) that still has natural groves of Sabal Palm trees. It supplies a great habitat for many of the birds seen only along the Rio Grande River in S Texas. The staff (of one) knew his birding too. Not only could he talk intelligently about the birds, but... More 

1 Thank Jeff E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

My wife & I really enjoyed the nature area & hiking trails. We saw a lot of birds & the views while hiking were really nice. The paths were nicely marked & easy to follow. For the most part, the paths were really smooth & easy to walk with nice board walks over the water - a really nice place... More 

Thank calliesk@yahoo.com
Northern New Jersey
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152 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Donald Trump talks about the wall, but its already there and you have to go through it to get to the palm sanctuary, so that's an added thing to "see" visiting this museum. The docent was excellent and we actually spent more time talking to her than walking the grounds. She was very knowledgeable about the area. There is an... More 

1 Thank 973B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

It was my dream to get here after watching the live bird cam from the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. Everything lived up to may expectations. The lovely house used as an office is interesting and has a small gift shop staffed with helpful, knowledgeable volunteers. We walked down to the bird feeding area where the bird cam is, and many lovely... More 

1 Thank Joan m l
Geneva, IL
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

My husband and I were here for a short visit last week and were really glad we stopped. We are birders and were in the area for the Rio Grande Birding Festival so we were looking for a particular bird (least grebe which we found). The area was very interesting with an old plantation house which you can explore and... More 

1 Thank ReginaMGeneva_IL
Brownsville, Texas
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Very helpful volunteer. Beautiful old home houses office and gift shop. Gorgeous native palms. Went late morning so it was extremely hot and saw a lot of waterfowl and butterflies

Thank Rgpierce
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Dont let going across the tracks and thru the mexico wall scare you away. Still on stateside and lovely place to visit very quiet could sit on the front porch for hours. People there are very friendly and knowledgeable well worth the drive.

Thank bwcows01

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