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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Anahuac
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Owner description: A 30,000-acre wildlife refuge located near High Island, Texas.
Carmel, Indiana
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Incredible!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

Great experience birding..snakes gators lizards and mosquitos.. Skillern tract is hikeable and exceptional for handicap .Great paved path easy to do with wheelchairs and walkers..Shoveler pond is a tidy little driving loop..your tax dollars and birdstamp dollars were well spent Main visitor center has a great boardwalk into the cypress swamp

Visited April 2013
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Boston, MA
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180 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“A great place for birding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

This turned out to be just a bit hard to find (the guides we had were a bit vague), but it was well worth the trouble. Anahuac is a large wetlands refuge and there are several refuge roads which cut through it. We didn't have time to do much exploring, but we spent better than an hour on the loop road (which was not signed -- we deduced its location from the map). The loop road is a one-way paved road 2-3 miles long with a few areas to get out, including one nice-looking boardwalk we didn't stop at for want of time.) The area was full of birds (and on both sides of the road) and it just got better as dusk approached. Good sightlines, lots of birds, not too busy. Who could ask for more?

Visited March 2013
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4 Thank MarkLOlson
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loveslakes
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great for Birders”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

The park has been mostly restored since the hurricanes, and the birds are plentiful. This trip was a rainy cold day, so spotting the wildlife was tough, but this is a wonderful habitat.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, Texas
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145 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wildlife/visitor Center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

We stopped at the Center which is open the latter part of the week and saw some exhibits. I bought a "Spoonbill" t-shirt. The admin. building is next door but check their hours before you go if you have to get a "Park Pass". We were able to go during the week and get our Senior Park Pass.We could not get a Pass at the Center on Sunday. The address is 4017-FM 563, Anahuac, Tx 77514....south of I-10. 409.267.3337. Have a good visit.

Visited March 2013
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3 Thank flamingogal13
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Palm Springs, California
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45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Easy drive but not easy to find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

We headed to another NWR then decided it was too far so doubled back to where we saw the Anahuac NWR sign. We drove for what seemed like forever since we had no idea how far to travel from the signs. The old visitor center has been made into a gazebo. Currently they operate out of a wooden portable building. But the volunteers were helpful, we purchased some souvenirs, then went about birding. Too bad we spent so much time doubling back because we could have spent more time on other trails. From what we were told much has been done since Hurricane Ike disrupted everything, but they've made great strides in getting access back. We saw the pair of tundra swans which was special at that time of year. Other birders were helpful. Great variety of wildlife. Must see for winter birders.

Visited January 2013
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3 Thank Qontheroad
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