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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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+1 713-681-8433
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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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Wonderful for all ages and nature lovers!

The nature center could have more live exhibits for the children, but is a great place for them to explore with what is currently on display. Walking the nature trails is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The nature center could have more live exhibits for the children, but is a great place for them to explore with what is currently on display. Walking the nature trails is wonderful. The center is currently working to improve some of the trails which is great to see!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little attraction - worth a visit for a hour or so There are a few good walks around the facility all signposted where you can keep your eyes out for an animal or two - saw - Snakes, Squirrels and of course turtles Small exibit is good also and always someone around to help educate you or just answer... More 

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful botanical park that shows the forest that was Houston before it was it was founded. Nicely kept, plenty of parking, and if you come at the right time you can eat plums you pick up right from the tree.

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Thank Iparon
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic day out with the kids and our dog. Lots of families and people with their pets were walking the trails. We saw many turtles, butterflies, skink, a white fuzzy caterpillar, squirrels, loads of birds and lizards. Really nice nature outing for everyone.

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Thank MartyParty4
Oxford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful trails so close to the city. I was looking for some hiking, animals and fun - and found everything. Super friendly and helpful staff made my adventure so much more worth it.

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Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 17 March 2017 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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Reviewed 12 March 2017

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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Reviewed 28 February 2017

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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