The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 557-acre (225-hectare) nature reserve and bird sanctuary located in the delta of the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County near Brownsville, Texas. It is noted for being one of the last locations in the Rio Grande Valley with a profuse grove of sabal palms, an edible-heart-bearing palm much prized by pre-Hispanic inhabitants and noted by early explorers. As a relatively habitat-rich remnant of this Valley, it is a prized birdwatching and butterfly watching location for persons interested in the ecology of the Valley and adjacent states of northern Mexico.Make Sabal Palm Sanctuary a centerpiece of your Brownsville vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Brownsville trip planning site.
The Sabal Palm Sanctuary closely approaches the southernmost point in the state of Texas, and is the southernmost point accessible to the public.
Sabal Palm Sanctuary reviews
If you enjoy walking among the trees you will definently enjoy walking through one of the oldest stands of Sabal Palms anywhere. It's is cool under the canapy. more »
We arrived a little late in the morning. The temp was 84. It was a windy day, so no mosquitoes when we were there. Did not see any wildlife, but didnt expect too given the time of day we were... more »
As avid birders, this was a must do while visiting south Texas. It was an extremely windy morning, so birding was a challenge, however this did not detract from a pleasant morning stroll on the well marked trails, in fact the breeze made for a comfortable walk: few biting bugs and kept us cool. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequented the feeders. Driving into this sanctuary, I felt lost..., like I was entering a time machine going back 100 years, than felt I was crossing the Mexican border. I am leaving out details, as you should experience the drive and form your own personal adventure. After a short drive I could see the beautiful Queen Anne style home, the visitors center, where we paid the $5 entrance fee; be sure to spend some time exploring this rich in history building.
Beautiful place to bird watch and spend it with somebody that likes walking in the wild. Their trails are long and very enjoyable. It provides shade and good opportunity to socialize with friends. It is also located right next to the river you can capture some amazing scenes.
Plan your trip to Brownsville
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Brownsville
Hidden gems in Brownsville
Nearby attractions in Brownsville
Museums in Brownsville
Plans to Sabal Palm Sanctuary by other users
8 days in South Padre Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Brownsville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in South Padre Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Austin, San Antonio & Brownsville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 34 days in Texas Gulf Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: October, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium