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Birdwatching in Rio Grande Valley

Laguna Madre Nature Trail on South Padre Island
Next to the Convention Centre and Whaling Wall No. 53, the Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a 1,500-foot boardwalk that extends across four acres of wetlands. Containing informative signs about dune systems and bird species that frequent the area, the nature trail provides visitors with the opportunity to observe many species of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center

Sealife Nature Center is a non profit center dedicated to the sealife education and preservation.
The center is created by Captain George and Scarlet Colley. The Colleys have been studying and educating tourists regarding bottlenose Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. Both know each and every dolphin by their unique dorsal fin and have named each Dolphin. They have developed a special bond with the Dolphins.
In addition to studying the Dolphins, captain George and Scarlet have dedicated the Sealife nature center for the education of sealife. The center is run by the donations only. Many sealife creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico can be seen at the center. The center features  many marine life such as moray eels, sea turtles, stone fish, hermit crabs, guitar fish, sting ray, catfish etc., 
For the sealife eductation education, there are touch tanks which hold starfish, urchins, live snails and other creatures.
110 North Garcia
Porta Isabel, TX
(956) 299-0629
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM Daily
Nature Program: 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Admission: $3.00/person (Donation)
In addition to visiting the Sealife Nature Center, we highly recommend taking a Dolphin Watch Tour with Captain George and Scarlet.

Gladys Porter Zoo

One of the top 10 small zoos in the country. The zoo is a 31-acre preserve with more than 1,800 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Located at Ringgold and Sixth streets in Brownsville.
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500 Ringgold St Brownsville
(956) 546-7187

Los Ebanos Nature Preserve

Rio Grande Valley's new and unique 82-acre private nature park to view birds and butterflies. Enjoy native plants and trees.
27715 Highway 100
San Benito, TX 78586
27 Miles Directions
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Close on Thursday and major holidays)
Adults           $5.00
Kids (5-15)    $3.00
Under 5         Free

Sea Turtle Inc

 Visit the home of Ila Loetscher, who was known to locals as South Padre's Turtle Lady, and learn about the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle ("tortuga lora"), the smallest species of sea turtle. Founded in 1977, the park serves as a safe-haven for turtles, providing them with protected nesting areas and, if needed, medical assistance. Daily "Meet the Turtles" shows are given at 10am and allow visitors to learn specific details about the life and times of the average Kemp's Ridley.
Turtle Shows  (Daily at 10:00 AM weather permitting)
6617 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-4511

Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)

Turtle show admission: 
Adults $3.00 
Children $1.00
Under 5 - Free