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Austin Nature & Science Center

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Address: 301 Nature Center Drive, Park under Mopac overpass and walk up ADA entry sidewalk, Austin, TX 78746
Phone Number: 512 327 8181
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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There are several different activities for kids to do here and a lot to learn. They have several different areas for the kids to learn and play. They can explore different animal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
James B
McAlester, Oklahoma

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McAlester, Oklahoma
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

There are several different activities for kids to do here and a lot to learn. They have several different areas for the kids to learn and play. They can explore different animal bones and different types of nature. They have several different animals to look at and learn about. They have a huge sandpit that the kids can play in... More 

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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This place is an awesome find! If you use a GPS to get to the center you will have to park under the bridge and take the path up the side of the hill. The nature center is well maintained and full of hands on activities for the kiddos and kiddos at heart. The nature center has a small animal... More 

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Austin, Texas
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149 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was part of a school field trip so we were able to access part of guided tours that I'm not sure are available to everyone. It would be a short visit without the extra attention. The dinosaur dig has some really big 'fossils' to dig up. The kids really enjoyed this part. They had to really dig to find... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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636 reviews
373 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

I had an hour to spend while my hotel room was being cleaned so I popped over to the nature center. The animals on display are rescued and have signs stating their situation. It is great to get to know the animals and how/why they are there. The visitor center had many educational things inside. It is a nice little... More 

Thank pnkgirl
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Our 2 loved it here but as an adult I felt it needed a whole lot more money and time dedicated to it. The inside centre was worn with broken items. The dig for fossels in the dino dig area would benefit from someone around tidying things up when quiet. It is free to visit but I think to make... More 

1 Thank Carol L
Austin, TX
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260 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We enjoyed this attraction, it is free, there are some interesting animals, especially the birds and the bobcat, and there is a relaxing pond and a visitor's center with AC when it's hot. I'd recommend this mainly for kids or for something free to do. My only beef was that the hiking trails were closed Sunday and it said it... More 

Thank crazyAustin
North Richland Hills, Texas
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137 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across this driving through Zilker Park. There is a short walk from the parking area under the bridge outside the entrance. The center is free so great for those on a budget. There is not a bunch to see but is a great place to spend some quiet time relaxing and the kids loved it. There is a... More 

Thank rdp343
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82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We packed a picnic lunch and cooler of drinks and headed down to the Nature & Science Center. It is not a big formal museum, but a place that kids and adults can look at exhibits such as a working bee hive, fossils and bones, native animals that have been rehabilitated, etc....the dinosaur excavation pit was a hit with our... More 

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Austin, Texas
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298 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I brought my kids to the Austin Nature & Science Center today to take advantage of some sunny weather and a day off from work/school. They had been before, but this was my first time. They were super-excited to show me all the areas of the center, and I was impressed with imagination and resources that went into creating the... More 

1 Thank Counterweight
New York City, New York
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My husband and I stumbled upon this after kayaking on Town Lake. We would definitely take kids here on another trip as there was a small “zoo” with local wild animals on display, including a bobcat and red fox. The grounds are nice and would be more inviting in cooler weather (it was 100 degrees the day we visited). The... More 

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