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Goose Island State Park

Rockport, TX
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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454 reviews 454 reviews
265 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I pulled in late to goose island state park but found a camping spot on the gulf. Being a Minnesota boy it's was still a bit warm and humid here in October for a comfortable nights sleep in a tent. The Mosquitos weren't horrible but they are around. I was awoken just before sunrise by the sound of airboats rolling... More 

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Farmington, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Outstanding fishing pier, great individual camping sites right on the water. Very impressive! Day camping and long-term.

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Houston
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183 reviews 183 reviews
52 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We went here looking for whooping cranes. Didn't see any at the park. Lots of other birdlife. Numerous deer. Outside the park, on 4th and 8th streets, numerous Whoopers. You can see them from the road.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's a small park, but since it's not far from highway 35, it's worth the side trip to see the 1000+ year old tree. It held the Texas record for many years, but lost it to one in Brazoria county...which I'd like to go find.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Stay often while traveling through Gulf area of Texas. The big Tree, 'Live Oak' that has ability to semi-hibernate during drought (an ever-green, because it maintains it's foliage during winter months) is held securely these days, by iron beams to help support the massive limbs. Over 1,000 years old, it has seen it's share of hurricanes and ocean storm surges.... More 

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Kent
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This delightful reserve north of Rockport made for a very interesting afternoon: time enough to explore the oak woodland looking for birds and other wildlife and admiring the ancient “Big Tree”. Although partially given over to RV parks not very extensive, there is enough to enjoy and explore, just a short distance from Rockport where we were staying.

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Rockport, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We took our RV and spent a few nights at the campsite next to the water. What a great time! Can't wait to go again.

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice state park about 5 miles from Rockport. Has what is said to be the oldest and biggest coastal oak tree in Texas (the world?) Covered picnic tables facing water, boat launch area for fishermen, campsites along shoreline for RV's, Ranger station with a restroom, plus indoor restroom areas along the shoreline in RV areas.

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Grove City, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The 1000+ year old tree is amazing, so nice to see that this is being preserved and taken care of. it is just really cool. not much else to see hear, as others have noted, but this is worth the nice little drive to visit.

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Rockport, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Goose Island is just a fun place to see the 1000 year old Live Old Tree. There isn't much else here, but it's a fun drive through the countryside to the park.

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