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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Closed Now: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Beautiful wildlife experience!

The refuge is large and offers a number of ways to see it. Trails are available for hiking and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Some of the birds and Bobcat seen at Laguna Atascosa NWR

Great place to bird, bike, hike and take a tour. Indigo snakes to Nilgai antelope, rattle snakes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bayview, Texas
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“tram tour”(22 reviews)
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National Wildlife Refuge with opportunities for enjoying nature and wildlife through hiking, bicycling, photography, fishing, hunting and guided tours.
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Hours Today: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX, TX 78566
+1 956-748-3607
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The refuge is large and offers a number of ways to see it. Trails are available for hiking and there is a very informative nature center. The birds that congregate in the feeding area are plentiful and varied. We loved seeing the green jays and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stephbevan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for somewhere to get some exercise and this place looked promising. It is off the beaten path and quite a drive. We first looked at the website which stated its hours and said it was fairly busy as present. We went anyway....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bryan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to bird, bike, hike and take a tour. Indigo snakes to Nilgai antelope, rattle snakes and alligators and then there are the birds.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JohnHlago
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE wanted to see the green jays and this is the place to go. On your way in to the visitor center they have a couple of bird feeders up. We thought they had a walking tour that morning and arrived pretty much as it...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 13 February 2019

This is the perfect hike if you are looking for flat trails on a well marked road. We hiked in mid-day on two different and did not see many birds. The hike was easy and pleasant. The Osprey Overlook was a nice lake overlook. There...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 12 February 2019

We have visited Lauuna Atascosa Refuge several times on trips to Texas. It is worth the effort to get there. Bring binoculars and perhaps a bird book. We took the tram tour with Alex and Jan. They were able to direct us to see over...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Redpackman
Reviewed 9 February 2019

Wonderful experience. Our guides were Alex and Jan. Both were very knowledge about the wildlife we were seeing-water fowl, boar, bird of prey and nilgai. Looking forward to having a repeat visit. Entry fee is cash. Nice gift shop. Bring binoculars, if not they do...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chris D
Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

The refuge is beautiful and the tours, run by volunteers, are excellent. We see something new every time we go. This week we saw two aplomado falcons in the Bahia Grande unit. The Bayside Tour/Habitat Tour is our favorite, with good chances of seeing nilgai...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 855kimij
Reviewed 15 January 2019

On a cold breezy day we visited -the bird blind was great as it was 7 years ago when we visited = we counted 6 green jays at one time - along with many other birds - the blind is on the concrete walkway behind...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Retiredbeanctr
Reviewed 15 January 2019

We had so much fun on this guided tour! Loved the morning time being able to view so many animals!! The birds were absolutely amazing!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathy1333
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21 March 2018|
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Response from LagunaAtascosaNWR | Property representative |
Our tram ended early this year due to planned construction on the tour route. Birding tours on a bus end April 7. Call us for more info or to make a reservation for the tour. 956-748-3607
William B
17 July 2017|
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Response from LagunaAtascosaNWR | Property representative |
The construction project has good out for bid and we expect it to be completed next winter.
Mike R
8 March 2017|
Response from 92414susiep | Reviewed this property |
San Jose Rd to buena vista takes you right there.