Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

1 Wildlife Cir.
Austwell, TX 77950- Map It
(361) 286-3559

AAA Editor Notes

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex is 6 mi. s.e. on FM 2040. At more than 115,000 acres, this refuge encompasses coastal wetlands, prairies and a Gulf Coast barrier island. Inhabitants of the refuge include alligators, armadillos, white-tailed deer, raccoons and javelinas. Among the more than 400 species of birds are roseate spoonbill, crested caracara, sora, a variety of ducks and endangered whooping cranes. The best viewing times year-round are early morning and late afternoon; whooping cranes are best viewed from late October to early April. The visitor center features mounted specimens, wildlife literature and an orientation video. The refuge includes a 40-foot observation tower, several miles of walking trails and a self-guiding, 16-mile auto tour; registration at the center is required. Picnicking is permitted.
$5 (per private vehicle with two or more occupants); $3 (per private vehicle with single occupant); free (ages 0-17).
Hours: Refuge daily 30 minutes before dawn-30 minutes after dusk. Visitor center daily 9-4, Oct. 15-Apr. 14; Wed.-Sun. 9-4, rest of year. Visitor Center closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.