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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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This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species...

This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.

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Peaceful, beautiful place

We spent a few hours here. The museum at the rangers station was very nice, the rangers terrific, can answer any question. The trails we walked were easy and well groomed. We saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
erbl
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Franklin Square, New York
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Franklin Square, New York
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56 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours here. The museum at the rangers station was very nice, the rangers terrific, can answer any question. The trails we walked were easy and well groomed. We saw 2 alligators, and many, many birds, and deer. We stopped and spoke with a fisherman as he threw back his catch since it was too small. To... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This wildlife refuge is very well run. They have binoculars and birding books to check out, so novices can enjoy the whole wildlife watching experience. They also have backpacks with binoculars, books, and activities for kids to check out. Great educational outreach, not to mention amazing wildlife, especially birds!

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Thank the_chord
Houston, TX
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

We saw 29 species of birds along with a javelina, feral hog, armadillo, several alligators and several deer. We did see 2 sets of whooping cranes! Great place if you are into birds, but not as good if you just looking for general wildlife. Really like the large platform.

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Crowley, Louisiana
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We went here twice in two days, once at sunset, which was awesome over the bay. The next day in the afternoon we were able to see birds and deer. The wildlife is, of course, wildlife. Unpredictable as to what and how much you will see. But it is a pleasant, relaxing time to pass and worth the $5 fee.... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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243 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

There is a great indoor exhibition inside the park office building. Once you have seen this the staff can suggest where to go in the park considering what you want to see and how long you have. We drove all around the park. There are small ponds with alligators, shore birds, and water fowl. Then there are observation towers or... More 

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Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Possibly the best birding I have experienced in North America. Our first stop (after paying our $5 entry fee) was at Heron Flats. As we were getting out of our vehicle we could hear cranes calling. By the time we got to the first observation deck we could see both Sandhill and Whooping Cranes. We also had sightings of White... More 

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Thank Joshua J
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Even though I am relatively new to bird watching, this place is really impressive. It takes some planning to really enjoy yourself here, but it is well worth the effort. First of all, it is located off the beaten path. You are a long way from food or fuel, so plan accordingly. Bring a picnic lunch and some cold drinks.... More 

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Colchester, Connecticut
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65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This was well worth the time taken to find this place, plenty to see and do. The volunteer staff was a great help, they were helpful and friendly. Gators, turtles,birds, you name it we saw it, take the time to see it.

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Thank 22garylee
Olympia, Washington
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Saw the Whooping Cranes, and so many other birds, and an alligator, that it was amazing. Plan enough time. We did not see a flock of feeding spoonbills until we were leaving. The first day we were not there for long and only saw the Whooping Cranes off in the distance. Went back the next day and saw them much... More 

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Thank Susan D
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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524 reviews
423 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I arrived at the refuge right after the visitor's center closed for the day, but I still got to self register and get a map of the refuge. There are several walking trails, as well as boardwalks to see the coastal ecosystem. I saw my first wild alligator, as well as whitetailed deer and a family of Javelina. The observation... More 

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