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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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Turnbull Birding Ctr is closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey

November 14 2017. There is a closed sign at the parking lot entrance. The board walk is... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2017
Corpus Christi, Texas
Birding and gators

This short boardwalk affords an opportunity to see several species of birds. We were pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Port Aransas, Texas
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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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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

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Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Saw many different types of birds. Had never seen a roseate spoonbill before. From the observation towers saw many other creatures-fish, birds, crabs & an alligator in the reeds. Fortunately there was no odor. As others have noted, great opportunity for photos. Would definitely go...More

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Go as close to sunrise as possible (maybe 1/2 hour before) and an hour before sunset. This is when the activity is the greatest. Saw huge alligator, who disguised itself with mud .... looking for unsuspecting birds. The walkway was well above the water and...More

Thank roadwarrior50
Reviewed 25 August 2017

This is a really neat walk way that we would never have seen had it not been for a Geocache out there. Unfortunately the cache was missing, but we enjoyed the walk anyway.

Thank Ginger B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We loved looking at the birds and fish.. A little stinky from the sewer but worth it. Great photo ops

Thank dlb772016
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Fun place to explore and play iSpy looking for alligators, birds, fish, crab and nutria. Great photo opportunities too.

Thank brownfamily08
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice, but small, park adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant. Don't let that keep you away. Has some nice landscaping, and a very nice boardwalk with a viewing tower. This time we saw 3 alligators in water under the boardwalk. They...More

Thank Stephen K
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Although we didn't see any alligators, we saw lots of crabs and fish. A group of nutria (babies and mama), and a black bird without a tail and a baby. It's super stinky though--where you park. Blah. That was the worst part. The kids enjoyed...More

Thank ToujoursRed
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

There is an unpleasant smell in the parking lot due to the nearby water treatment facility. However, don't let that discourage you. The Leonabelle Birding Center has a nice boardwalk. It is a good place to see a nice assortment of water birds.

Thank Charles_TA_1
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Sally M
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.
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
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.