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King Ranch Visitor Center
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Kingsville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A short-day trip from Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley or San Antonio, this 825,000-acre ranch is a privately owned National Historic Landmark and offers daily tours on its' Santa Gertrudis division. The King Ranch Museum and Saddle Shop are separate locations in downtown Kingsville. Visitors can watch a video on the history and current operations of the Ranch, as well as explore the butterfly/birding garden on the grounds of the King Ranch Visitor Center. King Ranch Visitor Center is open seven days a week and closed on most holidays. You can practice roping on the grounds, check out our historic chuck wagon, picnic, and bird watch, or check out the store and exhibits inside. Free coffee always!
Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We did the tour museum combo upon the advise of a museum employee who pointed the way to the ranch visitor center to purchase tickets. Bus tour started at noon. Our driver/tour guide "Dusk" was very informative and did a great job. The bus tour was about 90 minutes long. We continued on to the museum and viewed a couple short, informative videos before walking around the exhibits.

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

This is hard for me to rate. In terms of the bus tour around the ranch, I can't fault the enthusiasm or the knowledge of our guide (thanks Miguel - you were awesome) and for that I would give a 4 to 5 star rating. On the other hand, there were very limited opportunities to get out of the bus and see things up close so that's more like a 3 star rating.

Overall it was a very interesting tour and I'm glad we went but feel that the owners of the ranch are missing out on something here. They're running a commercial ranch operation and that is obviously going to be their priority but if they want to offer something for tourists then they need to try a bit harder. For example it would have been nice to take a peek inside one or two of the original houses / buildings used by the King family but we could only see from outside. Also thought there might be a good selection of leather goods on sale at the ranch shop itself but in fact these are only available at the Saddle Shop located in town.

Thank Alan G
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Toured the ranch with some beef producers. Set up a special tour of the ranch and feedlot. Although we arrived on time we were rushed through the tour and made to feel as if we were an inconvenience. By the time we returned from the tour the gift shop was closed. Most of the tour was a history of the ranch which was ok but nothing overly exciting. You are not allowed to really explore much of the ranch and only get to observe from the bus. By comparison, we had a much better tour at a neighboring ranch where we were welcomed to spend half a day, and they treated us to lunch and didn't even charge for the tour. King Ranch has simply become a tourist attraction.

3  Thank remsteel6
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife and I toured this world famous ranch and we were not disappointed. It is a tract of land bigger than Rhode Island and is almost a city in itself with the school and village with accommodations. We will go back as there was a lot to absorb on a short visit. It would have been nice to interact with the farm animals but I realize that insurance issues would prevail. If you get a chance see it.

Thank PJ M
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Miguel was our guide on the general tour. He was personable, had fascinating stories, was knowledgeable about history and ranching operations. he even remembered where everyone was from after greeting us as we got on bus! Amazing! We learned so much, saw wildlife and had an enjoyable trip! Well worth the time and money!

2  Thank Connie19492013
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