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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Been There Done That

It needs remodeling but its good adventure for the younger crowd - its not a "go and repeat" for me... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Seana M
McKinney, Texas
Nature at your own pace

We love to visit the Heard Sanctuary with our grandkids and visitors to the area. There's always... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Mckinney, Texas
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

It needs remodeling but its good adventure for the younger crowd - its not a "go and repeat" for me and my family but it is a nice place for a contained hike and local awareness.

Thank Seana M
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We love to visit the Heard Sanctuary with our grandkids and visitors to the area. There's always something new to appreciate. The peace and quiet are invigorating.

Thank M B
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a great place for children - when they have the dinosaurs. But for adults, we were very disappointed in birds and wildlife...there were none! Decided we would have been better off to put bird seed in our feeders at home - we would...More

1  Thank Beachlover1949
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Get out of the house/apt/whatever...take a nice fairly flat walk around the grounds. From a butterfly enclosure -- a few zoo type exhibits.....dinosaurs...and overall nice "thru the woods" type afternoon or day. You can not go wrong. Seasonal settings.

Thank skystryd
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Enjoyed the Dinosaurs very much - really did a wonderful job spacing these out. All outside activities but really good museum.

1  Thank Debbie A
Reviewed 4 October 2017

my grandson describes it best as a museum outside. there are trails to hike, a butterfly garden, a little pioneer village for the kids to play and the big attraction are the life size dinosaurs. they move, even their eyes, and they roar, you cannot...More

Thank nataliea915
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The dinosaur exhibit is fantastic! Great walking trails, shaded and on the lake! Our grandkids love the indoor exhibits also. Easy to navigate, definitely a repeater.

Thank Bettybabe
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Our favorite time to visit this museum is when the animatronic dinosaurs are visiting (September - February). The dinosaurs are well-placed in the natural settings along a gravel trail (wagons/jogging strollers work best). They move and make sounds. Very neat for younger children. There are...More

1  Thank wendyquest
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We waked on about 3 miles of the Sanctuary's 5 miles of hiking trails. We saw the Prairie grounds area being allowed the return to a natural state. Inside the museum there were displays of snakes, rocks and gems, fossils, sea shells. Outside, there was...More

Thank TxWaccamaw
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Go to the Heard and explore 5.5 miles of trails thru a highland forested area, a Lowland hardwood forest, a wetland, or restored Prairies. See wildflowers, native tall grasses, a Slough, native and migratory birds and waterfowl, and other native creatures. Or visit the Butterfly...More

Thank Haydmahn
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Fran C
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
29 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