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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX 77950
+1 361-286-3559
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It's A Wild, Wild Life

This is a wild environment with much to see and hear. Maybe the most important tip is to BRING BUG... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2018
Michael C
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Dallas, Texas
Was raining too much

More than anything I write reviews so I have the places on my map and I can see where I have been... read more

Reviewed March 6, 2018
Starviagera
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Los Angeles, California
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This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX 77950
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"whooping cranes"
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"observation tower"
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"visitor center"
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"wild hogs"
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"national wildlife refuge"
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"volunteer staff"
in 4 reviews
"san antonio bay"
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"walking trails"
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"loop tour"
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"long sleeves"
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"pair of binoculars"
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"viewing platform"
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"away from the road"
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"nature lovers"
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"bird watching"
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"picnic lunch"
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"very cool place"
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

This is a wild environment with much to see and hear. Maybe the most important tip is to BRING BUG REPELLENT. This place is home to what seems like billions of mosquitoes. They swarm on humans and pets, so come prepared. Other than the bugs,...More

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

More than anything I write reviews so I have the places on my map and I can see where I have been. My memory gets worse everyday. There are already so many reviews there is not much to add. We saw a few birds and...More

1  Thank Starviagera
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

Went to see Whooping Cranes. Only got to see two juveniles while I was there. Boat tours were not running due to hurricane and not as many visitors as in other years. You can see the devastation brought on by Harvey, but the birds don't...More

2  Thank caszsmom
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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

Main facilities are currently closed due to storm damage. However restrooms are available and the trails are cleared and open for the most part. We easily saw two dozen species of birds. Also feral pigs, armadillo, deer, raccoon and gators. We could see the whooping...More

1  Thank WJGTJG
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

if you are a birder, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see. There are so many species of birds here, including the highly endangered Whooping Cranes during the winter. Because of its relatively southern location, the refuge has many species of birds that simply do...More

1  Thank Andi55_13
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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

If you're an avid bird watcher this is a great place to visit. It is a big 20 mile detour from the main road though. And we only saw 5-6 birds. And the visitors centre was closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey 2m previous.

1  Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

We found this place by chance. We 're on the way to Galveston when we met someone in a park. He told us to visit this place. There is a visitor centre where you can ge a map of the area. We didn't visit all...More

1  Thank Solodam J
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Reviewed September 7, 2017

We stayed in Rockport. The first day we drove into Aransas National Wildlife Refuge,saw some Whooping Cranes flying and some in the park from very far away.The second day we took the boat trip from Rockport , got to see the Cranes quite close up,took...More

Thank Phuong M
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Reviewed July 20, 2017

Not for the faint at heart in July. It is very hot and humid and the mosquitoes are everywhere. With that said, if you are an outdoorsy family you will love it. Deer, alligators, javelina, cool dragon flies (love to eat mosquitoes) & birds (although...More

1  Thank BlackfootDaisy
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Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

We came in late April with our two young boys. They had a blast recording the animals they saw and earning their Junior Rangers badges. The park employees were kind & helpful! Bring cash for entrance fees ($5 per carload of more than two). We...More

1  Thank herrejoncarol
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mschneider72017
May 24, 2017|
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Response from greenjay1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Purchase of pass is available. Roads are paved. Try some of the walking trails as well as the viewing tower. Bring plenty of water. Have fun.
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