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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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Lovely spot near the city under construction

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Forest setting hidden in the City

It's been 15 years since my last visit. Used to be quiet and tranquil, a good place to take a date... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ronald H
Houston, Texas
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“outer loop” (6 reviews)
“nice respite” (6 reviews)
“memorial park” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
+1 713-681-8433
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ehbluzerne
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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.

1  Thank khkrentel
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
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

This spot has plenty of trees and hiking trails. Some of the trails have uneven boards, so watch your step. There is a small section of water and bayou. I missed the wildflower season, but I could see where there are meadows which are probably...More

1  Thank Seiderjps
Reviewed 23 June 2017

It's a nice respite from the city. Easy hiking trails some of which covered by trees so it's not too hot. Very nice wildflower collection (with names) in the shop!

Thank teresa0401
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Arboretum is a good place to take a walk in Houston.Lots of other people doing the same. Lots of nicely maintained trails. There's a boardwalk over a turtle pond. There's a small nature center. There's an interpretive trail. There are also Pokestops. It's a...More

Thank Shutter_Bug
Reviewed 30 May 2017

I expected so much from this place but it never seems to live up to the hype. I've tried it a few times and always left feeling like it wasn't that great.

Thank Runnin26
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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
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
Catherine B
26 December 2014|
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.