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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
+1 713-681-8433
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There is not much open space in Houston. This is an exception. There are some nature trails and a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Climb14ers
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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In transition

Hurricane Harvey damaged a lot of the arboretum, so there is a lot of construction and debris... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
Connie S
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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking trails through forest, meadow, and pond habitats offer opportunities to see frogs, turtles, and other wildlife. The Nature Center houses a Nature Shop, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, and interactive exhibits like the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Open Daily 7 am to dusk; Building: Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.
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“nice respite” (6 reviews)
“memorial park” (10 reviews)
“big city” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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+1 713-681-8433
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is not much open space in Houston. This is an exception. There are some nature trails and a visitor center. You can still hear the traffic noise but it is not too bad.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Hurricane Harvey damaged a lot of the arboretum, so there is a lot of construction and debris around. The paths were sometimes swampy from recent rains. I feel they could have put more wood chips down in the worst areas. My TX family said it...More

Thank Connie S
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Stop by to enjoy the tranquility in the middle of this busy city. You can even get married in the park.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

You will forget but all the noise in Houston. There are so many beautiful butterflies everywhere. Lots of turtles and we saw plenty of birds. From hawks to cardinals.

Thank Janet C
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

I have returned several times to enjoy easy paths through the trees, but it is currently a little confusing with construction.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

It's been 15 years since my last visit. Used to be quiet and tranquil, a good place to take a date. More people know about it now plus they are under construction. The trails are wider now and there are more of them. We went...More

Thank Ronald H
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

Nice and quite tranquil for Houston. Close to Memorial Park running track so very accessible. Good place to wind down. COUld do with some more benches

Thank Doug G
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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

We were excited to visit now that it is cooler. However, the Arboretum is undergoing a major renovation. So at the moment it really isn't very interesting or attractive. You might want to wait to visit until at least some of the renovations are completed....More

1  Thank ppettyHtown
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

If you love nature, winding trails, scenic views, and science, this is the place for you. I recommend you wear tennis shoes or appropriate footwear because the terrain varies. All ages are sure to enjoy this nature center.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Houston teems with cars. Sometimes it seems that every car ever made dropped out of the sky into Houston traffic. But in the arboretum on the trail you can almost forget the 7 lanes gridlocked half a mile away. Lovely marked walking trails intersect with...More

Thank sjb3268
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realelliec
24 May 2017|
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Response from houstonarboretum | Property representative |
Yes! We love it when people bring their dogs to the Arboretum. As previous comments listed, we ask that you keep your dog on a leash at all times, keep them on the trails, and pick up after your pet (and dispose of any... More
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LynnLM
2 March 2016|
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Response from empress5 | Reviewed this property |
The Houston Arboretum is small but many photo opportunities and easy trails. I would say around 2 hours. If you go to their website, you'll be better able to plan your day. It has great information including hours, parking... More
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Catherine B
26 December 2014|
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Response from Sandynick | Reviewed this property |
You can fish in Lake Houston and surrounding areas. Go to the web site of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. You will find all you need for information on fishing and nature activities.
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