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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX 77950
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+1 361-286-3559
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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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Great place to see gators and birds.

This is such a great place. Lots of short hikes to piers and walkways that offer views of wildlife. We saw a large variety of birds and got great pictures of them and some huge... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tcs6
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Deton, tx
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Deton, tx
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149 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a great place. Lots of short hikes to piers and walkways that offer views of wildlife. We saw a large variety of birds and got great pictures of them and some huge alligators. Inexpensive and very worth your time.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only a had a relatively short time in the refuge because of time constraints. I did enjoy my time there though. I found the staff at the visitors center very well informed. When I go back, I will make an early start of the visit and go directly to the observation platforms. The direction of the light is better... More 

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Menard, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of easy hiking trails and pull over spots for wildlife viewing. The whooping cranes migrate here in the winter - November thru March- and can usually be seen way out in the marsh. Great birding. Even a handicap accessible ramp leading way up above tree level to see the marsh. Lots of alligators.

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Thank Jenny S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome chance to see Mother Nature up close. Well sign posted and if you are patient, lots to see. For the price...if you are nearby, visit. Would be hot in summer and remember insect repellant 😀

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Thank Michelle I
Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 10 November 2016 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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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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San marcos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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