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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Rio Hondo, TX 78566
+1 956-748-3607
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The Last Refuge for the endangered ocelot.

Laguna Atascosa is the largest protected area of natural habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
Brownsville, Texas
via mobile
Very disappointed!

I was thrilled when I found out the bird tour was extended through April. I called and made... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Chicago, Illinois
via mobile
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Wildlife refuge supports more than 500 species of birds.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“entrance fee” (2 reviews)
22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Rio Hondo, TX 78566
+1 956-748-3607
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Laguna Atascosa is the largest protected area of natural habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It is a large refuge of 98,000 acres out in the countryside right by the bay!. It is well known for having a small family of ocelots living near...More

Thank Tony_T3000
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank Beth4322
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
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...More

Thank Sharon T
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...More

1  Thank sjfulton4
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...More

1  Thank Donaa42
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....More

Thank DYK640
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...More

2  Thank Elmer-Ellis
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...More

2  Thank St_matty
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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William B
17 July 2017|
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Response from Tony_T3000 | Reviewed this property |
according to the guide, she stated the closure was indefinite. the reasoning was because a number of protected ocelots had been killed by traffic going faster than this listed speed limit.
Mike R
8 March 2017|
Response from Susie P | Reviewed this property |
San Jose Rd to buena vista takes you right there.
31 January 2015|
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Response from Jason P | Reviewed this property |
Check their website as its been effected by the weather. It had ben thurs-sat or fri/sat. When I was there last week