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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Rio Hondo, TX 78566
Phone Number:
+1 956-748-3607

Wildlife refuge supports more than 500 species of birds.

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3 hours tour

4 dollars tram ride. Several stops to see the wildlife. Half way through potty break. It was over 90 degrees when we were there. Nice breeze. Overall knowledgeable staff.

Reviewed 24 February 2017
Susie P
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I was thrilled when I found out the bird tour was extended through April. I called and made reservations for the 4 hour tour and was told to arrive a half hour early. I was told that there would be no bathroom break. I couldn't believe this!! 4 and 1/2 hours with no break? I think this is very unrealistic!... More 

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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

4 dollars tram ride. Several stops to see the wildlife. Half way through potty break. It was over 90 degrees when we were there. Nice breeze. Overall knowledgeable staff.

Thank Susie P
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The National Wildlife Refuge offers a number of tours to see birds or plants or wildlife. To take a tour, you need to call ahead and book a tour. Space is limited and only offered on Thursday through Saturday. Tour groups travel on shuttles or mini-buses.The refuge is open Thursday through Monday and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bird tours... More 

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Hallsville, Texas
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Really wanted to take the bird tour but failed to make reservations so don't miss out. Took the interpretive habitat tour instead. The open tram loops around bayside drive, 14 miles. Weather was perfect, 75-85, and sunny. Saw nilgai antelope, feral hogs, mule deer in the distance. You can borrow binoculars from the visitor center if you leave your drivers... More 

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We went to visit laguna on Jan 1st. As it was the first Sunday of the month, there was no entrance fee. The ranger was very kind: she suggested us the best way to visit the park. We had been riding our bicycles for the whole time. The main loop is almost 15 miles and the road is sometimes not... More 

1 Thank Donaa42
Poplarville, Mississippi
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This place was just ok. Saw one unusual bird and a couple of spiders. Otherwise just a short walk around the visitors center. Most of the place was closed due to hunting. So check before you go to see if it's worth taking the trip. The road in was AWFUL!!! Had I known how little was there I would not... More 

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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

My wife and I toured the wildlife refuge during October 2016. We had hoped to see a large number of migrating birds, but we were a month too early, as large numbers come through in November. However, we enjoyed the visit. For the first time in 60 years, I saw multiple Road Runners (of disney cartoon fame). They are bigger... More 

2 Thank Elmer-Ellis
The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

When we went there was no tram to take so we walked around parts of the park. It looks like you used to be able to drive around but now the roads are closed. There are still the Speed limit signs up but what would be handy is if there were mileage markers up so you could tell how far... More 

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Reviewed 20 June 2016

We took the tour on the tram and stopped a few times to walk around and see wildlife and birds close-up. Our guide was amazing and knew the birds even from a distance. She also had answers to most of our questions.

1 Thank Marty V
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Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

We only got to spend a couple of hours at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Since the auto drive was closed (sadly) we walked the trails near the visitor center. The staff was so helpful and friendly. We got to see valley specialities like Green Jay, Altamira Oriole and Plain Chachalaca. We were especially impressed with the numerous fence posts lining both... More 

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