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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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You came to Port Aransas for Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Your plans will include a lot of outdoor and beach time, but you’ll want to make sure you experience some of the outdoor activities that make Port Aransas unique. For a different, more serene experience of the water and natural surroundings, and a place to spot multiple birds and wildlife, head to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. The center at 1356 Ross Avenue is open daily, dawn to dusk.


At the back of the park is a 750-foot-long boardwalk to wander. It spans over the freshwater wetlands for a walk out in nature like no other. At the end of the boardwalk is a bench and viewing area overlooking the saltmarsh. The boardwalk is ranked among the top boardwalk areas in Texas.

Birding on the Boardwalk

The program brings “Birders” a chance to meet up and enjoy their favorite activity. The center’s experts organize the event every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Get a glimpse of the birds, as well as the beautiful vistas beyond. The free weekly event welcomes birders of all skill and experience levels. If your binoculars didn’t make the packing list, the center will loan you a pair free of charge.

Spring Migration

If your escape comes during the spring migration period, make sure to stop by. The center is one of the best and easiest places in the state to experience the annual spring migration. Get close-up views of passerine migrants as they make their way through the area in April and May. The center offers the birds a little encouragement to stop by, in the form of bird-friendly and native vegetation. You’ll spot warblers, tanagers, and orioles.


From mid-November to mid-March, the opportunities are just as great. You won’t have to walk far on the boardwalk before encountering hundreds of ducks, as well as raptors and gulls. Keep an ear out for wrens and sparrows hiding in the cattails.

Bird Watching in Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf. The property is also moments from other outdoor escapes like Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, as well as top-notch shopping, dining, and area attractions and activities you don’t want to miss. We offer one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the community pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

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