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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

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Address: 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572
Phone Number: 956 585 1107
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: This 588-acre subtropical woodland is home to lots of birds and several...
This 588-acre subtropical woodland is home to lots of birds and several endangered species: great for bird watching and wildlife viewing.
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Great birding

This is an interesting park. Lots of trails and areas to explore. Birds need to be 'worked for" as there aren't a lot of feeders and wetlands. Has a wonderful hawk-watching tower... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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184 reviews 184 reviews
55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is an interesting park. Lots of trails and areas to explore. Birds need to be 'worked for" as there aren't a lot of feeders and wetlands. Has a wonderful hawk-watching tower and is a fine place to be during the migration. As with other parks and refuges in the area there is a cadre of staff and volunteers that... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This vast park is a great place to spend some time looking for birds in the large expanse of natural habitat.

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Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Limited wetlands. No longer has campers with feeders. All feeders were empty midday. Limited variety. Difficult to view river and look for kingfishers. Tram was quite crowded and only runs once per hour.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

In McAllen for the weekend for a wedding. What to do before/after wedding festivities? Where to go? McAllen is South Texas flat. A border town near the Gulf of Mexico with a prevalence of Border Patrol. More Spanish than English. It turns out that McAllen is a destination for bird watching. Many migrating species whose migratory patterns make the Rio... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Arrived at dawn and had an early morning walk. Entry is on the honor system if you arrive before gate opens. Staff was very knowedgeable and enthusiastic to provide information on the area. This is a wonderful park for birding and I can't wait to visit again.

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Pensacola, Florida
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261 reviews 261 reviews
66 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Arrived at seven a.m. To the riotous sounds of joyfully waking birds. Paid at honor box, hiked a couple hours before first tram. Hikers, campers, bikers, birders, all enjoying a park full of birds not seen elsewhere. Cannot wait to go back. Helpful, friendly staff and volunteers full of good information. Very good gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

State Park and World Birding Center, well kept with a very nice visitor center, bicycle rental or bring your own, great flat surface bike riding with no cars allowed, trolley service to birding stations and hiking trails. Daily pass $5.00 per person, primitive tent camping only, no privacy in camping area if other campers are there.

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McAllen, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is another place that I hadnt been to in years, but when my wife and I went there it was amazing, the transport guide takes yo uon a very educative ride around the park and is very courteous in answering your questions and assisting people. This is a good place to take the family to enjoy fresh air outside.

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95 reviews 95 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We rented two bikes from the visitor center because we knew the park was large and the shuttle pretty sporadic (previous visit). The rental process took a little time to get set up, and the bikes were not made for long legged folks (my knees got a good bending workout) but we highly recommend a bike to see the park.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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205 reviews 205 reviews
57 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Paid our first visit to Bentsen at end of January. It's everything they say it Is from a birding standpoint. Can't praise the staff and volunteers highly enough. They do a great job. And of course, the birds are good too!!

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