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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Sadly, nothing to see with the hurricane damage

We found this place- no signs at all.....sad to say the hurricane this past fall really hit the... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Sally B
via mobile
Birding Center affected by Harvey

We went several times during 2017 to the birding center in thoroughly enjoyed it. This year... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
dspencer002
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Port Aransas, Texas
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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
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"observation tower"
in 21 reviews
"water treatment plant"
in 15 reviews
"short boardwalk"
in 12 reviews
"board walk"
in 15 reviews
"nice boardwalk"
in 13 reviews
"roseate spoonbills"
in 17 reviews
"resident alligator"
in 8 reviews
"wooden walkway"
in 6 reviews
"excellent birding"
in 6 reviews
"big alligators"
in 5 reviews
"water birds"
in 12 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 7 reviews
"bird species"
in 7 reviews
"take your time"
in 5 reviews
"shore birds"
in 10 reviews
"fish"
in 33 reviews
"whooping cranes"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We found this place- no signs at all.....sad to say the hurricane this past fall really hit the whole Port Aransas area hard. The walkway was covered in wreckage and you could only go a few feet.

1  Thank Sally B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We went several times during 2017 to the birding center in thoroughly enjoyed it. This year, hurricane Harvey has destroyed most of the boardwalk and all of the elevated viewing platforms, so it’s a very different experience. We asked about the alligators and understand they...More

Thank dspencer002
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Despite the hurricane damage, it is still an excellent place to view wildlife. We were hoping to see some whooping cranes here, but still saw a wide variety and a couple alligators

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Hurricane Harvey badly damaged this wonderful birding center, but with help from visitors, it can return. Saw Roseate Spoonbills as well as the local alligator while there! Great place to enjoy birdwatching in a peaceful setting.

1  Thank 986madvc
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Many boardwalks are gone, and trash is everywhere,but the people are super and the birds are there. The area needs business for income, and is rebuilding. We met wonderful people there, and I am so glad we went.

1  Thank sethelm
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

A bleak example of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. From the looks of it, it will be quite some time before this nice little site is fixed up to its former state. Most of the boardwalk is in pieces within the marshy area and...More

Thank Annie_OK2
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Stopped by the Center in early January. Boardwalk is 2/3 destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Still able to see birds including a couple of whooping cranes!

Thank CazCoach
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The boardwalk is severely damaged and only about 75 feet usable. However, the birding is still good. We saw several bitterns, and the old alligator.

Thank swalker616
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

November 14 2017. There is a closed sign at the parking lot entrance. The board walk is effectively "gone" after the first 50 feet. The trees and foliage to the right of the parking lot and in the entry area is less than 10 %...More

1  Thank zcarxrg
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This short boardwalk affords an opportunity to see several species of birds. We were pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of large gators basking in the sun. During our month in Port A we went several times and the fauna was different each time....More

Thank dspencer002
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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Sally M
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Response from TxStar | Reviewed this property |
Last time I checked there was. Just show up and join in.
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ckimble515
6 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
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Liese S
4 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.
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