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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572
956 585 1107
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Mission
Type: State Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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McAllen, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I didn't realize you couldn't bring cars into the park, and they didn't even mention this BEFORE I bought a year-long pass to all Texas parks ($70). They did help me bring my kayak in which was very kind, but I locked it to a metal bicycle rack for the night and went to bed in the primitive camping site... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I took a nearly two hour stroll/hike through the Bensten-Rio Grande Valley State Park in November (2013). If you have the opportunity it is highly recommended.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The parking lot is now siutated outside the park and trams run on only certain days. To get to the overlooks, blinds, etc., plan on walking at least a mile or so (in the heat). The staff I encountered were very freindly, despite the fact that they couldn't make change for a $20 to pay the $5 fee.

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Mission, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a great place to observe birds and butterflies in their native habitat, and if you're lucky, you a bobcat or javelina might appear. There are feeding stations throughout the park, and these make for excellent viewing, particularly right after feeding time. The gift shop has lots of goodies as well, and provides great holiday shopping.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Great place to get a good dose of "native" south Texas. Especially appealing to birders and nature lovers. Great place to do some hiking.

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stratford upon avon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

We finally found the bird center after being stuck behind a massive convoy of cars and bikes escorted by the police who had blocked off the road we were travelling on. We paid $5 entrance fee, discount for pensioners not allowed if you are not a resident of Texas. However, it was well worth the money, they have got several... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Excellent birding especially in am after they've refilled bird feeders set up at different spots along paved road way. Good tram system. Surprised that fishing was allowed at 'kingfisher'location. Saw no birds there as 4 men were 'fishing'-throwing rocks into water & playing loud music. Park ranger responded immediately to our complaint.

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Benton, Arkansas
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Great Birding!! There is a great tram system that will drop you off at blinds where you will be able to see and photograph a variety of birds with very little walking involved. The blinds we visited were ADA compliant. There is also a tram tour that is a must. About 2 miles down the road is the International Butterfly... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The park is easy to access and move around in, thanks to a free tram you can catch throughout the park. The birding exhibit is beautiful and informative, and the staff are very welcoming and helpful.

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Fort Worth, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This is a great park to bird, hike, bicycle, or just ride the tram to view the park. We saw some great birds enjoyed a day walking and birding.

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