Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.Our Austwell family vacation planner makes visiting Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and other Austwell attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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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... read more »
This is an amazing place to visit with children or adults and fabulous for birding. We stopped by the welcome center to pick up the self guided driving tour and started in mid-afternoon. To truly see ... read more »
Went with the famaily, they have various stops along the way of your drive and restrooms. Drive is a littke long, but fun if your get to alot of animals. Tower is cool to walk on top of and look down.
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.
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.
March 25, 2015 We were looking forward to seeing this, but the building was closed. There were some check lists, etc. in the outside area. Picked up those and went around the auto loop....mosquitoes were pretty bad, so we didn't spend more than a couple of minutes outside. Disappointing...different timing would produce different results, I'm sure.
Awesome. Can see a lot in a couple of hours. If you have binoculars take them with you.
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