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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighbourhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
Features Animals
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Address: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Phone Number:
+1 713-681-8433
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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. 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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Nice wooded area with trails right in the middle of the city!!

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eric T
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Houston, Texas
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 on for almost two decades now. (ouch) I’ve seen it change dramatically over the years... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
El Paso, Texas
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50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 deep thinking.

Thank Jui-Yu C
United States
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7 reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2017 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!

Thank Kathy A
Houston, Texas
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137 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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 

Thank 83Mike83
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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.

Thank Iparon
Houston, Texas
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278 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 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.

Thank MartyParty4
Oxford, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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.

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

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.

Thank swimmomgreene

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