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Goose Island State Park

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Address: 202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
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+1 361-729-2858
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A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.

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Photographed Skimmers, gulls, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Pelicans and of course gulls. Go to location on the map that shows the binoculars AND says nature observatory. Nice... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Photographed Skimmers, gulls, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Pelicans and of course gulls. Go to location on the map that shows the binoculars AND says nature observatory. Nice pier and rest rooms!

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Do not need to pay to enter the part of the park where the Big Tree is. We did stop at the park entrance to get a map and directions to the Tree. The tree is impressive. We should have hiked some of the trails nearby.

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Thank Judy B
Temecula, California
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324 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

Signage to the tree was a little difficult for us to follow. The tree & it's microenvironment were impressive, but I really like things like this. The scientist in me was not impressed with the picture showing people watering the tree or information informing the public that scientists (presumably) fertilize this magnificent specimen. And the piece of lumber supporting a... More 

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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Wow Goose Island State Park is beautiful! So many things to do! So many things to see! The best part was THE BIG TREE! Biggest and baddest tree we have ever seen! The weather was great so we spent a few hours here enjoying the outdoors! If you come to Goose Island you just have to come see this tree.... More 

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Thank Greg S
San Antonio,TX
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We drove around looking for the tree and finally found it. It is a unique oak surrounded by several other similar trees which I have not seen anywhere else in Texas. It is unique enough to be worth the drive.

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Thank TexasCFO
Kerrville, Texas
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The big tree is worth he stop. Over 1000 years old. We stopped long enough to see the tree, and to drive along the seafront. There were lots of fisherman, so the fishing must be good.

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Thank swannzee
San Marcos, TX
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The trees here are thousands of years old and have withstood many hurricanes. A little bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. The minute you walk up to one of these grand old oaks you get a sense of peace and serenity.

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Thank caldertx
Austin, Texas, United States
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

They have nice shelters on the gulf, though we could only get a reservation in the wooded area (beware the stickers but it is still nice). Clean bathrooms (rarity for Texas state parks) and all the campers quieted down at 10 pm. Nice pier and butterfly garden. this is definitely a fishing park!

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Thank texaskdog
Fulton, Texas
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

An extremely large and very old oak dominates the park and is worth a look all on its own. Make sure to read the timeline next to it...

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Thank Craig W
San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

$5 per person fee to enter this State Park. Mostly fishermen and some kayakers but we had been before and thought it would be fun for SUPing. Definitely not the kind of choppy conditions we saw in Rockport, though it's still open water. Dogs are allowed and there are camp sites, restrooms and picnic areas. There is an ancient (1000... More 

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