Port Aransas Bucket List

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Birding on the Boardwalk

Birding on the Boardwalk

Join an experienced Bird Guide for a short walk to learn about the many birds in the Port Aransas area.  Weekly guided birding tours are offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.


Birdwatching Paradise

many birds at the nature preserve of Charlie's pasture

The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is a renowned birdwatching destination located in Port Aransas, Texas. Named in honor of local conservationist Leonabelle Turnbull, the center offers visitors a unique opportunity to observe a wide variety of bird species in their natural habitat and our resident Alligator named “Boots.”

Situated along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center features a network of boardwalks and observation platforms that wind through diverse coastal habitats such as marshes, wetlands, and ponds. These habitats attract an abundance of birdlife throughout the year, including migratory birds during the spring and fall seasons.

What to Expect

rare sighting of a pink flamingo in port aransas
Rare Sighting of Pink Flamingo

Birdwatchers can expect to see an array of species, including herons, egrets, spoonbills, shorebirds, waterfowl, and many others. The center’s well-maintained trails and strategically placed viewing areas provide excellent opportunities for both seasoned birders and casual nature enthusiasts to observe and photograph birds up close.

In addition to birdwatching, the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center offers educational programs, guided tours, and interpretive exhibits that highlight the importance of coastal conservation and the diverse ecosystem found within the Port Aransas area.

Overall, the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in birdwatching and experiencing the natural beauty of the Texas coast.


The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is located near the end of Ross Ave. Check out our map below for guided tour around Port Aransas.


Always something fun happening Port Aransas:

Be sure to check out our calendar of events to stay posted on the fun things to do with kids in Port Aransas!  Port A Bucket List Calendar 


Other Things to Do in Port Aransas


So many things to do in Port Aransas. Check out our local’s guide to Port Aransas:

  1. Beyond Dolphin Watching: This is a great guide on where to connect with nature in Port Aransas. Lots of information on Fishing charters, birdwatching, and nature trails. Did you know we have a resident alligator named Boots?
  2. Culinary Delights: Local eateries serving fresh seafood and coastal cuisine a guide to Port Aransas restaurants. Did you know most places will cook your fishing catch?
  3. Events and Festivals: Always something going on from live music, art shows, and festivals. Check out our calendar and plan your Port Aransas Escape. Did you know Port Aransas is an official live music city of Texas?
  4. Ultimate Port A Bucket List: A downloadable things-to-do-and-see checklist for an immersive Port Aransas experiences!
  5. Where to Eat in Port Aransas: Full guide on where to eat in Port Aransas, From family friendly, pet friendly, breakfast places and the best fish tacos.


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