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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

#2 of 43 things to do in Port Aransas Features Animals
Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Kept my kids attention

Although we didn't see any alligators, we saw lots of crabs and fish. A group of nutria (babies and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Argyle, Texas
Nice spot for birding

There is an unpleasant smell in the parking lot due to the nearby water treatment facility... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128
+1 361-749-4111
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Don't rush through this place. Stop and really look at your surroundings. Things to see may be a small bird going nose to nose with a snake, a mother bird grabbing a fish and feeding it to her chick or a rodent working its way...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

We went to this birding center which is located next to the Waste water plant, so yes there is some smell. And you're walking on a walkway out over the treated water that attracts birds and fish and gators because there is so little fresh...More

Thank Gary1836
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We did not know about alligators, but were lucky enough to see one while at the bird sanctuary!!So exciting!Lots of birds and other wildlife as well!

Thank ridergirl1991
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This is a good bird site and coming back frequently probably lends itself to some good variety of birds. It's fairly small though and right next to a water treatment plant. If there are any people when you visit there, you probably wont see much...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We have visited many times but this was our first opportunity to see American Coot chicks and Gallinules chicks. They are cute!! We visited around 5:30 p.m.

Thank LoneStarTrvlr
Reviewed 21 May 2017

My only issue with this place was the wide expanse of oil rigs and industry feel at the entrance as well as in the distance. Besides that, this is an excellent place to view the salt marsh and animals in it. It is free, too.

Thank Veronesi413
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Port A. has provided several excellent locations for birding and this is one of the best! Boardwalks, viewing tower, and walkways take right among the marshes and trees and provides great birding opportunities!

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

For the cost of an honor system donation, you can get up close and personal with the island's native wildlife. Some varieties are only found in this area. There is a boardwalk that takes you about a quarter mile in to salt marsh. There is...More

Thank hillje
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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.
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.