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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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Houston’s Greatest Kept Secret

If you love nature, winding trails, scenic views, and science, this is the place for you. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
khkrentel
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Houston, Texas
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Terrific respite from traffic, noise and city chaos

Houston teems with cars. Sometimes it seems that every car ever made dropped out of the sky into... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
sjb3268
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Orlando
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“outer loop” (6 reviews)
“nice respite” (6 reviews)
“memorial park” (9 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 3 weeks ago 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.

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
Reviewed 21 May 2017

There’s good news and there is bad news. The good news is that half of the arboretum is STILL open despite construction. The bad news is that ONLY half of the arboretum is open because of construction. I’ve been coming to this Arboretum off and...More

2  Thank SEAMONKEYINK
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great area to get out and get some fresh air. Woods, trails, birds, turtles and ponds. Very well done with a learning center for adults and children.

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

I was hoping to see lots of flowers and birds etc as spring towards summer.... But quite disappointed that lots of trucks/ trails were closed due to re-constructions. Butter to check how many trails are open befor you go.

Thank gannet01
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Great half day family tours. This place is free for admission and is kept very well. There are many groups of school kids here during the week. Great place for a half day tour with the family, or simply a quiet solo walk with some...More

Thank Jui-Yu C
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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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