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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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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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We love to visit this park!

We came again to this park for winter birds. We had great birds to see! Some of our favorites were the Black Phoebe, Eastern Screech-Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
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Victoria, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We came again to this park for winter birds. We had great birds to see! Some of our favorites were the Black Phoebe, Eastern Screech-Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, and the Roadrunner! The staff has always been friendly and helpful. We love the tram services too. We will return.

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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It was nice that they had people in certain places that could do bird identification and refill the feeders. Nice trails too.

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Manns Harbor, North Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The trolley is a wonderful touch. The staff is very nice and knowledgable. It is a must-do for birders. Well maintained and a pleasure to visit. I do recommend it.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great park for a nature experience along the Rio Grande River. The staff, including the tram driver, are very informative and friendly. My bird watching experience was excellent. I highly recommend the ranger lead night walk - our guide was upbeat, knowledgeable, and informative. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the border patrol may be active. However, they never seemed to interfere with... More 

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California
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184 reviews 184 reviews
51 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Went here on a birding outing. Lots of birds here, well worth the trip. When we were there there were several locations with bird feeders that helped to attract the local species. It is very nicely maintained. Located on the banks of the Rio Grande River.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

my wife and I went with our dog . along the way some guy who was afraid of dogs threaten us to leave or he would "beat the sh*& " out of us. we quickly walk to the nearest ranger and the man was escorted out . Real glad the staff take things seriously .

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McAllen, Texas
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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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99 reviews 99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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E. TN
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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