King Ranch Visitor Center

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King Ranch Visitor Center, 2205, West King Avenue, Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, 78363, United States
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  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Closed now
  • Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun Closed
The story starts in the mid-1830s with an eleven-year-old boy indentured by his impoverished family to a jeweler in New York City.

The jeweler was a difficult man, and the boy was chafing under the man’s mistreatment. Nascent greatness would not be shackled or ever satisfied with such circumstances. At this tender age, the restless and adventuresome young Richard King made contacts on the Manhattan wharves and soon stowed away on a ship heading south.

Young Richard distinguished himself as a tireless worker and a fast learner with an ever-keen eye for opportunity. He rose quickly in the steam boating business on the Alabama and Florida rivers, becoming a captain. After moving to South Texas, he founded a steamboat line with his lifelong friend Mifflin Kenedy – setting up ports and moving goods and people along the lower Rio Grande River.

In the middle of the 19th century, Captain King traveled north from the Rio Grande to Corpus Christi. He traversed a region then known as the Wild Horse Desert and was captivated by it. His eye for an opportunity was sharp when, after well over a hundred miles of riding over the wild lands, he and his party came to the calm, refreshing waters of Santa Gertrudis Creek. King saw that this place that nourished so much wildlife could also sustain domestic stock, and King’s vision for a great cattle ranch began to take shape.

Our Tours

Come visit King Ranch to learn about its history and legacy, gain insight and consult with our professionals on current ranching and agricultural practices in the United States, and view the variety of birds, wildlife, flora, and fauna of majestic South Texas first-hand.

We offer Daily Ranch Tours, Special Interest Tours, Nature Tours, and Motor Coach Tours for larger groups. Click on the type of tour to find out more information and then give us a call to speak to a King Ranch Visitor Center associate to book a tour. We hope to see you at King Ranch!


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