If you want to tour a ranch, see wildlife or soak in some pretty Texas countryside, you will definately want to make sure you plan a visit to King Ranch in Kingsville (TX). Kings Ranch was established in 1853 by Captain Richard King. King originally bought over 68,000 acres of land from Spanish and Mexican land grants. The ranch today consists of over 800,000 acres and Kings logo can be seen all over the world – from sod to cattle feed.
It is a working ranch and you can see Santa Gretrudis cattle, Kings Quarter horses, historic buildings and a variety of wildlife. You can see the Kineños (Kings Men) working the ranch – mostly in vehicles, although they still keep about 200 horses to work, breed and sell.
Tours of the ranch are offered at the King Ranch Historical / Visitor Center at the entrance to the main gate in Kingsville. Air-conditioned shuttle tours are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. The tour is 1.5 hours long, however, arrive at least a half-hour early because there is a very informative 30 minute video that starts before the shuttle departs. Other tours are available (bird and nature watching) for groups and special events. The center also has restrooms, gift shop and sells discounted tickets to the King Museum located in town. There is ample RV parking.