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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX 77950
Phone Number: +1 361-286-3559
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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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Amazing views of wildlife, great educational signage

We visited the Aransas NWR with my parents and my 8-year-old daughters and all generations had an amazing time. We spotted three alligators, more turkey vultures than we could... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Galveston, Texas
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Galveston, Texas
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Aransas NWR with my parents and my 8-year-old daughters and all generations had an amazing time. We spotted three alligators, more turkey vultures than we could count, several deer, including two antlered bucks, and lots of evidence of wild hogs and/or javelina tearing up the ground around the oak trees. At the observation tower, we were so... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took a friend who had never been.. We had a wonderful time! I love the park and have been many times. Always something to see and do. Lots of birds and wildlife 😊

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Thank Shanna C
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed but still glad I went. Visitors may need to manage their expectations. Pros: Opportunities to see true wildlife. I saw alligators, herons, interesting plants and lots of butterflies. Generally quiet in early October. It may get busier when the whooping cranes arrive later in the month. Most facilities in good condition. Kudos to the National Park Service.... More 

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Thank TWueste
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is an amazing place to visit with children or adults and fabulous for birding. We stopped by the welcome center to pick up the self guided driving tour and started in mid-afternoon. To truly see the park you must get outside of the car and walk some of the trails. We saw so many animals and birds the park... More 

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Thank Joyforlife
San marcos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 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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Thank Joe M
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 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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