We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX
Phone Number: 361-286-3559
Website
Today
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400...
This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 66 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

One of the few places to see the "wild" flock of Whooping Cranes (as opposed to the group bred in captivity). If this is your first trip, take the free small bus tour. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
lnequin
Add Photo Write a Review

66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

One of the few places to see the "wild" flock of Whooping Cranes (as opposed to the group bred in captivity). If this is your first trip, take the free small bus tour. Very friendly and informative leaders. Whoopers are not there all year. They come down in late fall-winter and usually leave to go north in April. There are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Victoria, Texas
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My husband and I went here for a day trip for our anniversary. We took our pups as well! The roads there are farm roads! We found ourselves playing chicken with giant equipment on the way there and back! It was pretty neat. We got to the park on Monday (the office is closed Mondays) So we paid our $5.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
SW USA
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
25 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Have heard about this place for years but have never been close enough to visit. On a recent visit to Rockport we decided to spend a day going there. It was about 26 miles from Rockport. It cost 5 dollars for both of us to get in, a deal. We were lucky enough to arrive about 20 minutes before their... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kansas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nice nature center. Great places to hike, bird watch, and see wildlife. We went on a Sunday and it was not at all crowded! Guided tours are available, but we drove the 12-mile loop, stopping at trails and overlooks along the way. Saw wild hogs, alligators, and and lots of birds. The fee is modest, but since 2 of us... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We recently took our grandkids to the Aransas National wildlife Refuge and it was a great experience for all of us. We had not traveled to that area of theTexas coast and found it to be worth the visit. The trip was during Spring break, however it was not crowded like the tourist places are. The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a beautiful treasure, out of the way and there for a reason. We went to see cranes, but the reality is you should take a boat tour out of Rockport to see the cranes, because most of them hang out in a part of Aransas you can't access by car. Nonetheless, this is a fun visit because of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Visited last year and this. Many of trails and board walks were closed and requiring repair last year. And again this year. Very sad there were about 20 park vehicles sitting and not a soul around. They should repair their park or we should complain until they change management.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

We spent an entire afternoon in the refuge! We saw all sorts of birds, Javelinas, deer, alligators and enjoyed the natural surroundings and the view onto the water. When you go, please don't drive fast, blast the music, or talk loud or make other loud sounds. Like that you can enjoy more of the refuge and the animals will be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Coldspring, Texas
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
54 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Braunfels, Texas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Aransas National Wildlife Refuge also viewed

Rockport, Texas Gulf Coast
Rockport, Texas Gulf Coast
 

Been to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Aransas National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?