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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX
Phone Number: 361-286-3559
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Austwell
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.
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Coldspring, Texas
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193 reviews 193 reviews
50 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We have been here many times. Every time we come, we see something new. This time it was a Long-billed Curlew. The visitors' center is nice. The staff is very helpful. The observation tower is awesome! They are constantly improving and upgrading the facilities. Keep your eyes open! No telling WHAT you might see.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Want to see some wild animals in their natural setting! A few hours spent at Aransas NWR will make your day! See alligators and all kinds of gorgeous shore birds. The roseate spoonbills are the most beautiful shade of pink! AND you can see the endangered whooping cranes here- catch this view before they are all gone! Or better yet,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

As home to the whooping crane, this NWR is iconic and worth the drive around with stops at various trails, towers and overlooks. We drove down from Austin on a dreary day and arrived mid-afternoon so poor lighting. Nevertheless, we saw a pair of cranes along with many of the expected duck and water bird species that are resident this... More 

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Wow! It seems like there isn't much going on at first, but take some time, and you'll see lots of wildlife. The alligator heads just a few yards away on either side of one trail, the little frogs and huge spiders on another, the snakes on another, the egrets, great blue herons, white and brown pelicans on another, and the... More 

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Rockport, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
7 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This place is WAY out from the main road of 35. Not a whole lot there but does have some pretty views. Last time we came here (2010) we saw some Javelinas, an Armadillo, and some deer. This time we saw some Alligators and some deer. They do now have a huge, above the trees, observation platform that is wheelchair... More 

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Metairie
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Well, we started off in the visitor center. It was nice, but we were disappointed to find out the gift store was closed. Then we went acroos the street to check out the alligator veiwing area. It was quite overgrown,couldn't really see anything. We went to the next stopping point and found a really nice trail. We went hiking for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
83 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The refuge has a variety of trails and a self-drive tour, which stops by an observation tower for some nice views of the landscape and wildlife. It's somewhere to go for at least half a day if you're in the vicinity and you can afford to put the time in to do the trails. Not recommended if you're passing by... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

After going to visitor center, we got out of car to do our first walking trail didn't get far before being bitten. So we took the auto tour loop which is great but go very slow, something at every turn. We did get out at the observation tower, it was full of black vultures. Driving further an alligator sunning itself... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you go, make sure you have a plenty of gas. It is out in the middle of nowhere. Park is very representative of Texas. I have been there almost every year for the last fifteen years. Tons of deer, wild pigs. They have havelinas, turkeys, alligators, whooping cranes, egrets, bobcats and tons more. Very relaxing to drive around and... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We knew this was the wrong time of year to see most of the birds, but this was a well kept refuge park. Visitor center was closed during the weekday before Memorial day, but we could self pay and brochures were available, and we pretty much had the refuge to ourselves. We saw multiple family's of the Javelina's along the... More 

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