Your Greatest Spring Break Adventure: Visiting Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Spring Break takes place during March or April, as it varies. Texas’ Spring Break lands on March 12th through the 18th. Thousands of families and college students will scramble to plan out their entire week-long vacation, wondering where to go and what to do. One of the best hidden gems of South Texas for families and college students looking for an adventure is right here in Alamo!

Your business can find success minutes away from major cities like McAllen, Edinburg and Mission! Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

About the Refuge

Established in 1943 and managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge has been attracting residents and visitors to the enchanting City of Alamo for years. The park’s 2,088-acre size has over 400 bird species and is often referred to as the “jewel” of the National Wildlife Refuge System because of its position along an east-west and north-south juncture of two major migratory routes for various species of birds.

It offers over 14 miles of trails that visitors can walk to enjoy wildlife tours, giving visitors an opportunity to see birds, butterflies and many other species not found elsewhere in the United States.

What to Expect

Home to hundreds of species of local wildlife all year long, it’s no surprise that Santa Ana is a top destination in South Texas. Other activities and attractions include:

  • Photography – Be sure to have your camera handy! The whole refuge is filled with opportune photo shots. For the most photographed areas, click here.
  • Stargazing
  • Nature Trails – Trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset with available maps that you can download or pick up at the Visitor Center.
  • Bird Walks – Volunteers conduct guided bird walks that take you through the magic of migration that traverses the refuge. For available dates and times, click here.
  • A Nature Tram – An open-air tram navigates the seven-mile wildlife drive in an hour and a half. It’s led by knowledgeable guides and stops at the historic cemetery. A small fee is required.

If it’s your first time visiting Santa Ana, here’s what you can expect to see!

More to Visit in and Around Alamo

The City of Alamo has been home to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge for over 75 years! Since then, Alamo has become an emerging city hosting annual and recognized events. Part of the fifth largest metropolitan area in Texas, Alamo is conveniently located minutes away from McAllen, Edinburg and Mission, allowing you to adventure to other cities. It’s the perfect place for relaxation and adventure!


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