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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
(4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a 114,657 acre protected area situated on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Texas. It is located in parts of Aransas, Refugio, and Calhoun counties. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order 7784 on 31 December 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The name was changed in 1939.Bird life includes ducks, herons, egrets, ibises, roseate spoonbills, and the endangered whooping crane, whose population has recovered significantly since the 1940s.Other fauna include American alligators, collared peccaries, snakes, and bobcats, which inhabit the refuge's grasslands, blackjack oak thickets, freshwater ponds, and marshes.
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  • 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 
  • For only USD 5 per person you get to see much. The visitor center is already nice, where we registered. You can go there with questions about perceptions of certain animals. Route is well signposted. Crocodiles, pelicans and all kinds of birds, even a wild boar and a deer up close. The lookout tower, which is wheelchair accessible, gives an unforgettable impression. Definitely worth a visit, for example, if you are on dooreis of Corpus to Galveston.
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  • 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...  more »
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  • I use to visit here a lot when I lived in Victoria because it is truly an interesting place to visit. Wildlife galore and it is the winter home for the whooping cranes. Thousands of white tail deer are shipped out of this refuge every year to other parts of Texas. You can observe alligators, javelina, all types of birds (pelicans, storks, etc). It's a great place to just take it easy, enjoy nature, and rest and relax.
  • Wildlife and views here are unsurpassed. Rangers are super informative and helpful. You have to hike up the observation tower...
  • A lot of closed too the public area's. Lot's of wildlife, great place to visit..
  • Fishing was a little slow, but only because all the fresh water. Gorgeous as always though.
  • Nice place to visit.