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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Address: 710 W Avenue a, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
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+1 361-749-4111

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This was my second visit and there are not a lot of fish/birds/animals to see but it is still a very nice place to visit. Do remember to bring binoculars.

Reviewed 5 days ago
nancy t
San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my second visit and there are not a lot of fish/birds/animals to see but it is still a very nice place to visit. Do remember to bring binoculars.

Thank nancy t
Allen, Texas
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many varied species of birds to view and enjoy-well worth taking your time and observing nature at its feathered finest!

Thank sbradbury55
Houston, Texas
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This location is close to town. Saw a variety of bird species and some fish. Got to watch birds in their natural setting. The boardwalk and tower were both in good shape and provided easy access to viewing the wildlife. This is great place for bird watching in a peaceful setting.

Thank Vacationman57
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are all sorts of birds that can be spotted in the trees and swamps here. A long pier extends out toward the channel where birds, fish and alligators call this ecosystem home.

Thank Christina B
Austin, Texas
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62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This park has a boardwalk which is very easy for folks with special needs or kids. It is a short walk so can be a quick 30 minute stop, or a lingering stop if you so desire. Parking is free and there are information signs along the way to give you bird details. If you like birds as a "birder"... More 

Thank lashcroft
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is on the list of best birding in the area and it is! We saw lots of birds, the two alligators and even a nutria. We went back a second time even though our trip wasn't a long one.

Thank Natasha F
Georgetown, Texas
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We saw a lot of birds and several of the ducks were right next to us in the water beside the boardwalk. This is well worth your time if you are in Port Aransas. The path is around 200 yards total length and has a 2 story observation tower. The parking lot only holds about 7 cars, but there is... More 

Thank Andy G
Ferndale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This little birding center is easy to dismiss - it is next to the sewage treatment plant, after all. However, it is easily the best birding site in Port Aransas. There is a boardwalk out into a shallow pond and it is overrun with wading birds! Most of the people here are birders, so everyone walks and talks quietly. I... More 

Thank Kathair
Sound Beach, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This birding center is on our list to visit every year we come to Port Aransas. The wildlife here from those with scales, fins or feathers are so photogenic! Always see different coastal birds and take home great pixs!. The preserve is small and you can enjoy this natural treasure in about an hour or less.

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Spring, Texas
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We had a nice visit. The trails have a lot of information about each habitat and the birds that may be seen. Nice views from the lookout deck.

Thank RedNeckRiviera

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