Sight-seeing, nature observation, hiking and photography are permitted in designated areas. The best time to view wildlife, including whooping cranes, is November–March. The Wildlife Interpretive Center features mounted specimens, a slide show and literature. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission charge. The refuge is on a broad peninsula about 12 miles across the bay northeast of Rockport. Refuge headquarters is about 35 miles northeast of Rockport via Texas 35 north; F.M. 774 east, and F.M. 2040 south. 361/286-3559.
One of the best ways to view wildlife is by boat. From early November–early April, boats from the Rockport and Fulton harbors cruise past tidal flats and salt marshes (where many species may be seen) into the whoopers' habitat. Fares vary.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Phone : 361/286-3559
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