This 70,504-acre wildlife refuge is on the Blackjack Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape includes grasslands, oak mottes, redbay thickets, tidal marshes, freshwater ponds, and shores.
Aransas is home to many creatures, including alligators, deer, bobcats, and more than 392 species of birds, including endangered whooping cranes, which winter here. The refuge offers a 16-mile auto tour loop, a 40-foot observation tower (good for viewing the cranes), picnic areas, and several trails.
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