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Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX
Phone Number: 361-286-3559
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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.
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Worth the drive for outdoorsie types!!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Lucretia S
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Victoria, Texas
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Victoria, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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SW USA
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176 reviews 176 reviews
17 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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 

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Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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San Antonio, Texas
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30 reviews 30 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 

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Minneapolis
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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 

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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.

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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 

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Coldspring, Texas
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200 reviews 200 reviews
53 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 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.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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