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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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We really enjoyed the area. Got a glimpse of an alligator and saw numerous bird species. Well... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
JimmyGos
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Lake Tahoe (California), California
Mid Day Tour

We enjoyed the drive through this historic refuge. Too early for whooping cranes but we did catch a... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Cheri F
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This 70,000-acre nature and wildlife preserve is home to almost 400 species of birds.
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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, TX 77950
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My sister, who is a birding person, suggested that I stop at Aransas for the whooping cranes in November. I did not see any in the wildlife refuge. We went to the area with the overlook, but still did not see any. It was suggested...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank S8674RWsusanm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like it says. This is a very important member of the National Wildlife Refuge system, for the habitat that it provides for endangered whooping cranes among other things. We'd had a fine time with a crane-watching boat tour out of Fulton Beach (q.v.) that gave...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank canbelto
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We really enjoyed the area. Got a glimpse of an alligator and saw numerous bird species. Well worth the drive out there. The towers on the auto tour loop provide great views of the marshes and birds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JimmyGos
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the drive through this historic refuge. Too early for whooping cranes but we did catch a glimpse of a gator, several hawks, egrets, Blue Heron, a snake and plenty of spiders. It’s worth the drive. Minimum fee to visit. Good hours. Make sure...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cheri F
Reviewed 15 July 2018

It may be a bit hard to find but its worth having a trip out to Aransas Wildlife Refuge. A very friendly lady ranger gave us all the info and maps. Due to the very heavy rain there were even more mozzies so make sure...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Barry and Nicol... G
Reviewed 28 April 2018

This is a wild environment with much to see and hear. Maybe the most important tip is to BRING BUG REPELLENT. This place is home to what seems like billions of mosquitoes. They swarm on humans and pets, so come prepared. Other than the bugs,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

More than anything I write reviews so I have the places on my map and I can see where I have been. My memory gets worse everyday. There are already so many reviews there is not much to add. We saw a few birds and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Starviagera
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Went to see Whooping Cranes. Only got to see two juveniles while I was there. Boat tours were not running due to hurricane and not as many visitors as in other years. You can see the devastation brought on by Harvey, but the birds don't...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank caszsmom
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Main facilities are currently closed due to storm damage. However restrooms are available and the trails are cleared and open for the most part. We easily saw two dozen species of birds. Also feral pigs, armadillo, deer, raccoon and gators. We could see the whooping...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank WJGTJG
Reviewed 1 January 2018

if you are a birder, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see. There are so many species of birds here, including the highly endangered Whooping Cranes during the winter. Because of its relatively southern location, the refuge has many species of birds that simply do...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Andi55_13
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O7926WCshannonm
11 June 2018|
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Response from WJGTJG | Reviewed this property |
Take the highway north out of Rockport. Gps will work Allow about 45 minutes because it is not a direct shot.
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mschneider72017
25 May 2017|
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Response from greenjay1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Purchase of pass is available. Roads are paved. Try some of the walking trails as well as the viewing tower. Bring plenty of water. Have fun.
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