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King Ranch Visitor Center

#1 of 13 things to do in Kingsville Features Animals
Highway 141 West, Kingsville, TX 78364-1090
+1 361-592-8005
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Visitor center

There was a lot of information available at the visitor's center, but the visitor's center and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
great special interest tour

Big thanks to Tom and Peggy! We took a special interest tour last week and it really was tailored... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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!
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Highway 141 West, Kingsville, TX 78364-1090
+1 361-592-8005
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There was a lot of information available at the visitor's center, but the visitor's center and the ranch tour should not be considered one and the same. They are individual events. It is a prelude to the tour. Definitely need to need to see the...More

Thank TennesseeTraveler99
Reviewed 6 days ago

Big thanks to Tom and Peggy! We took a special interest tour last week and it really was tailored to our interests. Our guides were really knowledgeable, gracious and funny. We got to see aspects of the ranch and ranch life (and all that live...More

Thank cheim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learned about the history, present operations, and future plans for this historic place. The bus tour showed me the main house and grounds, tcattle and horses and wildlife.

Thank Marianna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The video was great. It actually was better than the bus tour. Great place to shop for souvenirs. Staff was very helpful. But stay away from the free coffee. It is so watered down I dumped mine out.

Thank Grampa1951
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I did a 4 hour private tour,mainly concentrating on the cattle industry. The guide, Martell, knew her stuff and was very educational and informative. The pre-tour introductory film was very good-a short but broad introductory insight into the company set-up. We wanted...More

Thank Roger F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a Texas enthusiast, you must visit the King Ranch. We took a 4-hour private tour with Peggy Hayes, and she was amazing. I highly recommend asking for her by name. I could not believe how rustic the ranch still was - like...More

Thank 54Cottontop
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a good overview of the King Ranch history and a chance to see the impressive area covered by the ranch. We saw horses and cattle along the way, plus lots of wide open spaces!

2  Thank Jgshake
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The Ranch tour was about an hour and a half long, and very interesting and informative. My only regret is that we were not able to tour the main residence. Tip for tour guide: Turn the A/C to the maximum setting as soon as you...More

1  Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I was soo looking forward to this trip but was very disappointed. The tour was supposed to be an hour and half but ours was just over the hour. The driver also didn't drop us off at the weavers cottage because he said "the coach...More

Thank Millish
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The bus tour was rushed and only had one stop. The tour leader was knowledgeable and shared interesting history about the King Ranch. Group was too large. Tour bus too hot, poorly performing rear A/C. Could conduct this tour earlier in the day to improve...More

Thank Bob F
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rf s
Is the basic tour only once a day?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Chris M | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for your question. Our Loop Road Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday and leave from our visitor center at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Give us a call at (361) 592-8055 and we'll be happy to help you set up a tour.
Maggie P
Hello, I will be visiting TX from CT and would like to know about the best King ranch birding tours? How do I make a reservation for my husband and I? Thank yu, Maggie Peretto
30 March 2017|
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Response from Chris M | Property representative |
Please call us directly at 361-592-8055 and we would be delighted to tell you about the variety of birding tours offered. Right now our all day spring birding tour is in full swing, or you can book a private 4 hour tour if... More
Can I get a 4hr tour of the cattle operation and feed lot or would 4hr be too long?
30 March 2017|
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Response from Chris M | Property representative |
Yes we do have a private, special interest tour which in my opinion is the best way to go! Our daily tour is 1.5 hours long and follows a 12 mile route through our cattle and quarter horse breeding operations. With the... More