When exploring the Rio Grande Valley’s premier birding sites, stay at the Country Inn & Suites hotel in Harlingen, TX. From this prime location, you can visit top spots like the Harlingen Thicket, Ramsey Nature Park, the World Birding Center and other nature parks. Birding enthusiasts and nature lovers alike can enjoy discovering the area’s vibrant scenery and colorful wildlife.
In addition to these sites, the hotel is a short drive from Mexico and South Padre Island, which offer additional bird-watching venues. Stop by the front desk to pick up a birding checklist before heading out for the day’s adventures. The World Birding Center
A world-class birding destination, the World Birding Center is a collection of nine sites where you can view Green Jays, Hook-billed Kites, Broad-winged Hawks and Audubon’s Orioles. The center is ideally located along the Arroyo Colorado on Loop 499 (Ed Carey Drive), at the intersection of Ed Carey Drive and Tyler Avenue. Harlingen Thicket
Part of the 40-acre Harlingen Arroyo Colorado-World Birding Center, the Harlingen Thicket is an excellent place to see rare birds like Groove-Billed Ani, Altamira Oriole, Harris’ Hawk, Plain Chachalaca and Olive Sparrow. The birding center offers convenient parking and restrooms. From Ed Carey Drive, turn northwest on Hale Avenue and proceed to New Hampshire. Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
The premier birding event of South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
is a must-see event held each November. During the festival, you have the opportunity to see a variety of rare bird species and create lasting memories.
For five days each year, festival attendees enjoy seminars by speakers from around the country, expert-led birding trips and the Birding Bazaar trade show. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner birder, you can gain a wealth of information about birds and their habitats.