With a reputation as a hot-spot for bird-watching, Harlingen, TX has become a go-to destination for nature lovers and ecotourists who want to glimpse exotic resident and migratory birds. This hotel's Harlingen location offers visiting birders easy access to several top spots, including the World Birding Center, Ramsey Nature Park, the Harlingen Thicket and plenty of nearby wildlife parks.
Explore these area sites or travel the short distance to South Padre Island or Mexico for even more bird-watching opportunities. Before starting an adventure, grab a birding checklist from the front desk at the Country Inn & Suites.
The World Birding Center
Located near the hotel, this 50-acre park is home to “valley specialists” like Green and Ringed Kingfishers, Long-Billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Common Pauraque and Groove-Billed Ani. It is conveniently situated along the Arroyo Colorado on Loop 499 (Ed Carey Drive), at the intersection of Ed Carey Drive and Tyler Avenue.
Harlingen Thicket Bird Sanctuary
This 40-acre tract of native brush in the city center is home to the Groove-Billed Ani, Altamira Oriole, Harris’ Hawk, Plain Chachalaca and Olive Sparrow. You can access the sanctuary from Arroya Park to take advantage of the parking and restrooms. From Ed Carey Drive, turn northwest on Hale Avenue and proceed to New Hampshire.
Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Held each November, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is the premiere birding event in South Texas. Visit the festival for a chance to spot rare, exotic and colorful birds, including Kiskadees, parrots, chachalacas and many more species.
The festival runs for five days each year, and attendees can experience expert-led field trips, seminars and the Birding Bazaar. Both experienced and beginning birders will have opportunities to learn more about bird species.