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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Great for history buffs and dinosaur lovers

Heard museum has things for families with small children through adult history buffs. We just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
McKinney, Texas
A great place to walk and observe wildlife

My wife, adult son, and I spent two to three hours walking around this wildlife sanctuary and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tracy M
Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard museum has things for families with small children through adult history buffs. We just missed the robotic dinosaurs which are only there from September-February, so that was very disappointing. This was a family outing with two of our young grandchildren. They really enjoyed walking...More

Thank traveler75071
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, adult son, and I spent two to three hours walking around this wildlife sanctuary and observed snakes, lots of birds, frogs, turtles, etc. We especially enjoyed the trails around the lake.

Thank Tracy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a 2.5 mile walk/hike, where we saw water snakes and many types of turtles in the marsh (that we walked well above). The indoor exhibits were interesting, from the pre historic fossilized animals, to the live species of turtles, snakes, etc. Fun place...More

Thank Bonnie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family saw various species of animals native to this part of Texas. On the nature walk we got to observe many beautiful birds, opossum, a coyote, and a fox. The gift shop had many native rocks and artifacts.

Thank William S
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Celebrated my granddaughters 4th birthday at the Heard on Saturday. It was a great location for the party with a large room, tables and chairs set up for us. Windows across the back of the room provided a perfect venue for watching hummingbirds feed. One...More

Thank BarbieVic
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a great place to take visitors or kids. In the fall they have a dinosaur event and really go all out.

Thank pitmanpastures
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Hidden gem of McKinney. Both inside and outside display of local animals. Nature trails throughout the property

Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place inside and out Plenty of wildlife to see in tanks (like local snakes) Take a nature walk or just sit on outside deck and enjoy yourself

Thank Zhorshik
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We visited during the dinosaur exhibit. Well laid out. Kept my 3 years old's attention. Staff is attentive. Lots to see and do. We will be back!

1  Thank JSBlumer
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

They always have an adventure for the families. It has walking trails. They are a little bumpy. I am a retired teacher and it was on our list of field trips. My students always enjoyed our visits.

1  Thank Rumsey8184
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Fran C
My husband and and I are thinking about bringing five of our grandchildren (ages, 7, 6, 5, 5 & 4) in the late afternooon on Sat. Feb. 28, 2015. We've never been to the Heard, and I read that you close at 5pm. Can you provide an agenda that allows for the best use of our time. If all the grandkids are dropped off at our house on schedule ... I believe we can be at the Heard about 3pm.
8 February 2015|
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Response from kuchenesser | Reviewed this property |
Hi! It's too bad the dinosaurs won't be there after Feb. 15, then I would have recommended the trail where the dinosaurs are places for sure, without them, it's a nice place to hike, not hilly, and there is a spot with... More
Hi, we are retired, what is there for us to see or do at the Heard Museum?
28 January 2015|
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Response from stephaniejennings | Property representative |
Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover... More