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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighbourhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Address: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking...

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. Building houses gift shop, library, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, interactive exhibits including the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Daily 7 a.m. to dusk; Building: daily 9 - 5, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.

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Relaxing day with my daughter

Went on a weekday during spring break with my 15 yr old daughter. Was a beautiful place for a hike. Wasn't crowded and the staff were friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went on a weekday during spring break with my 15 yr old daughter. Was a beautiful place for a hike. Wasn't crowded and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Rockville, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We came here for a hike because we were staying nearby the galleria. There were about 2mi of walking paths through the arboretum but there wasnt much to see. Just trees and swamp. The whole walk on the longest path took just an hour or so. Nature center was nice and had some activities for kids. I wouldnt come here... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a cloudy day. Discovery center has a few small exhibits that elementary aged kids can learn some stuff about lifecycles and animals. The nature paths are numerous. Can pick how long of a hike you want to undergo. Not very strenuous. Actually somewhat peaceful. Dont for get to go by the ponds. There are a lot of turtles,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This green space near the Memorial Park offering nature walking trails in various habitats and ends at the Buffalo Bayou

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well run and engaging center. A peaceful oasis in the city with varying textures in landscape and walkways. If parking is tight go next door where you see people biking and playing volleyball. Tons of parking there and its a short walk on a walkway.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely park is a great place to stroll through, get my steps in, and see birds and butterflies. Lots of families and kids here.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I love reading reviews about how people see nothing here. That's largely because wild critters typically avoid people. If you want to see them, you must proceed quietly. You also have to move slowly and actually stop and look for them. On some rare occasions, you can literally find wildlife hanging out on the paths. Again, this is on rare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Set on 155 acres and not publicly funded, this protected woodland conservancy abutting Memorial Park has miles of walking trails under the loblolly pines and other native Texas species. The recent droughts and Hurricane Ike (during which several hundred trees were lost) have decimated much of the original flora, however there is currently a comprehensive resoration planned. The staff at... More 

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Taylors, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Wanting to do an outdoor activity together, our family went to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. It provided wonderful nature trails that offered views of interesting natural landscapes and glimpses of wildlife. We were particularly entertained by the turtles and their fascination with us. This was a nice oasis to escape the big city without having to leave the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

On a cool, misty day, I walked the trails at the Arboretum. It was almost magical. The trails are well prepared and covered. Benches everywhere for folks who like to sit and ponder. Trail signs are pretty good, although I do get lost. This is a secret discovery for those who want to sit and contemplate and enjoy the beauty... More 

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