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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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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Nice little drive

Went with the famaily, they have various stops along the way of your drive and restrooms. Drive is a littke long, but fun if your get to alot of animals. Tower is cool to walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
joshuay435
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San marcos
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San marcos
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with the famaily, they have various stops along the way of your drive and restrooms. Drive is a littke long, but fun if your get to alot of animals. Tower is cool to walk on top of and look down.

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College Station, Texas
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I visited over the weekend and completely love the park. Samantha the Park Ranger in the visitors center was a delight to talk to, had so much information about the wildlife and the best places to get out of the car for walks out into the refuge. The amount of wildlife was amazing for a late June... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Went here midweek in May. There had just been a big rain a few days before so the mosquitoes were lively. Go with some serious coverage and honestly some Deet. Really enjoyed taking a look at the alligators. Alligators are dangerous. Do not pet them. Lots of trails and there is a one way drive that you can do and... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

We visited the reserve in April and unfortunately all the whooping cranes had already left on their migration north. Luckily, the park still has LOTS to offer from watching alligators basking on the banks or swimming in the waters to lots of other bird species that can be seen on all of the different wee maintained trails to be hiked.

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

It took a while to get there but well worth it. Helpful and informative visitor centre. Immediately over the road is the gator watching area, and there they were. Take binoculars to see the gators, turtles, cranes etc. Spoke to a couple of friendly volunteers and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Lots of ducks and waders in February. Trails are easy and level. Volunteers/staff in visitor center are very friendly and helpful. We did see a couple of whoopers in a scope from a distance but to see them up close take the boat trip from Rockport. Unfortunately, by the time we learned about ,it was fully booked, so book ahead... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Awesome place to look for birds, but the whooping cranes that live there are not really observable except with a spotting scope it seems much of the time. That information might be in the advertisements about it, since it is a long way to drive and be disappointed. That said, it is very lovely and there are lots of other... More 

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Everglades National Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Great place for a bike ride especially on a week day. 4.75 miles from the Front Gate to the Viewing Tower with stops along the way for Visitor Center, Heron Flats, FIshing Pier/Picnic Area and 40' Tower. 9 mile one way Auto Loop from the Tower back towards Visitor Center if you want more. Maybe 10 foot elevation change. Lots... More 

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Houston
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Although it is in the middle of nowhere, it is definitely worth the day trip it takes to visit. Be sure you have plenty of gas, and take water and snacks or a picnic lunch. Take the time to go through the Visitor Center as the info about whooping cranes is amazing. One of my favorite parts of the Refuge... More 

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Franklin Square, New York
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56 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

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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