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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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Alligators!

My husband and I love coming here when we are in Port A. We have found that there are usually 2 large alligators in the area that we like to see if we can watch for a little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jessica W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I love coming here when we are in Port A. We have found that there are usually 2 large alligators in the area that we like to see if we can watch for a little while. All of the birds are neat to watch as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place for birdwatching. There are lots of informational placards along the walkway. The parking lot is small enough to keep it from becoming crowded. The best birding is from the tower if you have good binoculars.

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Austin,TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool (free) place to visit in Port A. if you're lucky you may see the resident alligators. Good for a quick time killer or to spend a while checking everything out.

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Walker, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to see birds of color and shapes. Birds were coming around all the time. Even fish to see on a sunny day. This a place to relax and take your time because it will take time to see everything at the center. Enjoy and plan on a few hours of fun.

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Ft. Worth, Tx.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Did not get to see any gators, but saw lots of birds, fish and nutria. You can't tell wildlife to come out on cue for a photo.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Wonderful birding spot. Boardway, tower, bench to watch for warblers. Then walk across the street for another good spot.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I saw a much wider variety of wildlife in November than I did during the summer. 2 huge alligators right under the walkway 2 nutria (large swamp rats) sunning in the cattails A spoonbill, ducks, pelicans, egret, hawk and more. Carp in clear water It wasn't crowded, but there are both young and old birders and photographers who will gladly... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This site is by the water treatment plant so there are plenty of birds to see. It also has a shallow brackish wetlands area. The boardwalk is accessible to handicapped, but the observation tower is not. I'd go again.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This was a nice way to spend a half hour or so. It's a short boardwalk out. Smaller than I expected but still very very nice. Boardwalk is well maintained. I liked the overlook areas with provided telescopes. We saw an american bittern, pied-billed grebes, gallanules, pelicans, egrets, herons, cormorants and more! We even saw a very large alligator. A... More 

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red rock tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is an easy to access and wonderful spot in Port A. If you are lucky you'll get to see the alligator which we did this awesome Nov weekend. Excellent for seeing birds and fish in the shallows under the extensive boardwalk.

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