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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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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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The refugee is beautiful. you can see a lot of different species of animals. It was awesome. The only bad thing is people... not capable of throwing their stuff on the trash. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The refugee is beautiful. you can see a lot of different species of animals. It was awesome. The only bad thing is people... not capable of throwing their stuff on the trash. It was disgusting : potato chips bags and beer cans everywher... I was like "really?? people are going to a place where they are supposed to protect the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My boyfriend & I were visiting Rockport & decided to stop here also. We waited a little to late in the day to go. Most of the animals are active in the early morning or evening. We did see deer, racoon, & lots of birds & a small alligator. You can drive thru & not get out of your car... More 

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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 

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Victoria, Texas
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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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28 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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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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Additional Information about Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX
Phone Number: 361-286-3559
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austwell
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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