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Goose Island State Park

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Address: 202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
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+1 361-729-2858
08:00 - 17:00
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A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.

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Fish within a few steps of your rv (right out your door)

Stayed at Goose Island State Park on 10-6-16. We were in spot # 2 which is within walking distance (one block?) to a large fishing pier. Spots 1,2, & 3 are the closest to the... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Converse, Texas
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Converse, Texas
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Stayed at Goose Island State Park on 10-6-16. We were in spot # 2 which is within walking distance (one block?) to a large fishing pier. Spots 1,2, & 3 are the closest to the pier but you can fish right off your door also. If your holding tank is small then choose 13, 14, or 15 to be closest... More 

1 Thank 153grw
San Antonio, Texas
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107 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Goose Island never disappoints. Incredible views. Wonderful fishing. Paradise on the bay. Best park staff ever. They are helpful, friendly and nice! And the bird watching was incredible. The Whooping Cranes have made it south!!!

Thank Blueigirl
San Antonio, Texas
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We spent 3 nights caping in a fifth wheel trailer. So many trees we could not see our neighbors. Some of the spaces are pretty narrow and can be tricky to get into. The rangers are friendly and helpful. One of the volunteers was a little surly. We did a bird walk and the host was most knowledgeable and furnished... More 

Thank Nelson N
Galveston, Texas
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Great camping experience. We found a nice hedged-in campsite (#215, water only) and had a really fun family camping trip. The rangers were efficient, friendly, and helpful on check-in, the facilities were clean, and the park itself was perfect for its size. We visited the Big Tree (over 1000 years old!) and the loooong dock out over the bay. Everything... More 

Thank nicci0
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119 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

So it's a really big tree... that's what my teenagers said. It's a pretty drive and cool to see an oak tree that is 1,000 years old but don't expect your teens to do more that look up once from their cell phones. LOL. Bring bug spray... something was dive bombing us in the shady areas.

Thank Peggy H
Corpus Christi, Texas
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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

I always enjoy this park. I have seen whooping crane, alligators, raccoons, sand cranes, all sorts of fabulous birds, raccoons--which I think are pests when you're picnicking. They want to steal your food and they work like a gang of gypsies. The only animals worse at messing up a picnic were the monkeys at Gibraltar. They were amazingly bad rascals.... More 

1 Thank Margaret C
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This historic tree has to be seen. It is incredible it is so old and still alive, after all the hurricanes that have hit the Texas coast over the decades.

Thank melindabb
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Photographed Skimmers, gulls, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Pelicans and of course gulls. Go to location on the map that shows the binoculars AND says nature observatory. Nice pier and rest rooms!

Thank Stennis S
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44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Do not need to pay to enter the part of the park where the Big Tree is. We did stop at the park entrance to get a map and directions to the Tree. The tree is impressive. We should have hiked some of the trails nearby.

Thank Judy B
Temecula, California
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324 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Signage to the tree was a little difficult for us to follow. The tree & it's microenvironment were impressive, but I really like things like this. The scientist in me was not impressed with the picture showing people watering the tree or information informing the public that scientists (presumably) fertilize this magnificent specimen. And the piece of lumber supporting a... More 

1 Thank Les J

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