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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

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8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521
+1 956-541-8034
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This was an amazing experience!

I went here with one of my co workers who is from Corpus Christi. We took my little sister on the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jonathan C
via mobile
Beautiful but plan well

The location is beautiful. Come on an overcast and not overly humid day for the most enjoyment... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
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Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the United States as well as one of the few remaining historic river plantations in the region. Over 4 miles of hiking trails lead visitors through the palm forest, wetland board walks, river observation deck, and multiple bird blinds. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequent our feeders, Armadillos rummage our trails, Least Grebes and Green Kingfishers hunt the wetlands, and Great Horned Owl calls haunt the forest. The recently restored 4,000 sq ft 1892 Rabb Plantation home now serves as our new Sabal Palm Sanctuary visitor center. Take a stroll through the grove, a short walk down to the Rio Grande, or join us for one of our guided birding walks or history tours (seasonal, typically November thru March - please call for schedule).
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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8435 Sabal Palm Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521
+1 956-541-8034
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with one of my co workers who is from Corpus Christi. We took my little sister on the adventure as well. It was an amazing place to visit. So much flora and fauna to admire. Totally recommend it.

Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

The location is beautiful. Come on an overcast and not overly humid day for the most enjoyment. Limited amenities nearby so bring a cooler with water and take water on your walk. It's free and worth the visit. They could use a bit more TLC...More

Thank Andoverminnie
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I was in this house prior to major restorations and it is marvelous now! I highly recommend seeing this historic home.

Thank KansasTexas2015
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I have seen this house during and after the restoration. It is magnificent. Wander around and dream back the decades. The nature walk, birding and unique ecosystem need to be seen by every nature enthusiast. Took my wife on her first true birding walk and...More

Thank thomasdemaar
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed viewing birds and other wildlife at Sabal Palm. Highlight was a blind from which I saw javelinas, chacalacas, and lots of beautiful green jays.

Thank Qmyrtle
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We took our daughter and her boyfriend -- who were visiting us from Denver -- and were significantly underwhelmed. Perhaps the facility has been harmed by budget cuts because it seemed the upkeep was spotty at best. Saw very few birds. Not worth the drive...More

Thank nuzedit
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The house is gorgeous and the feeding places attract so many beautiful birds. I had never seen the Rio Grande so we really enjoyed sitting at the overlook. Don't miss this jewel!

Thank Marilyn N
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Cool place to visit and see nature. Trails are mostly shaded. Really neat to walk among the Sabal Palm forest and hear the birds chirp and sing. The wetlands area was entertaining as well. The river overlook was neat in that you were a stones...More

Thank Dnc6471
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Nice walking and views of resacas. House is interesting. It is somewhat remote and when we went we were the only visitors. Good for bird watchers.

Thank foodyjr
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My wife and I came out here for a relaxing day of birding and hiking. It was so peaceful. There were lots of birds at the main feeding site. We were entertained as a White-tailed Kite soared right over heads.

Thank mcasabar
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4 July 2016|
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Response from GorgasSciFoundation | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for your interest! We have also been very interested in the rumored Tarzan filming at our Sanctuary. However, it is our understanding that the first Tarzan movie was filmed in its entirety in the swamps... More