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Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

FM2495, just off State Highway 31, Athens, TX
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Athens
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
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English first
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216 reviews 216 reviews
92 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We loved this Center! The grounds are immaculate and beautiful as well. They have three fishing ponds and will even let you use their equipment in order to fish (for free)! A beautiful nature trail and marsh area (with magnificent pavillion). We were quite impressed that they were able to create the marsh area. Lots of excellent exhibits and very... More 

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Athens, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A treasure hidden off the beaten trail. A jewel not to be missed .Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Athens in the piney woods of east Texas. State of the art Hatchery that is like a mini vacation to tour...lots to do...fishing, hike the trails, tour the hatchery , visit the gift shop, and tour the exhibits of alligator,... More 

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Forney, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Guess I was expecting more. The exhibits are okay, but was expecting to see the breeding and rearing ponds. Didn't get to. It even looked like from a distance that some has been drained dry.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We took our grandkids here to see fish and experience fishing and were not disappointed. The fish on display were huge, the displays interesting, and kept our interest through the entire trip. The kids absolutely loved the diver show! The tram ride was interesting, but I think we could have skipped the nature trail. We expected to be able to... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Fun short stop! Would be especially great for children. Well done. Highly recommend. Opportunity for catch and release of catfish, they provide gear.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This Disneyland of freshwater fishing is not for fish lovers only, though that was my concern when I decided to take my city-dwelling kids here on a recent trip to East Texas. I expected fish flopping around in giant oil drums on a bunch of rickety old docks. Nope. The Fisheries is a modern, well-appointed living shrine to the inhabitants... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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106 reviews 106 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place is great to take families. Lots to see and you can take the kids fishing. Tram ride and Diver show is worth waiting for.

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Stafford, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was a great time. The exhibits are full of information and the live fish feeding very entertaining and informative. The kids in our group loved feeding the catfish that all lined up like they were begging. Just wish we had time to actually fish. Guess that'll be next trip.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Friends took us to the fisheries and it was alot of fun.You can feed the catfish(though watch out for getting splashed by them)You are at eye level with them and you could even touch the catfish if they let you.Neat getting a side view of the tanks holding assorted fish.If you have kids they can try their hand at fishing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I've been here a couple times. It's really something for younger kids. It's a nice place but I wouldn't really make a special trip for it as an adult.

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