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Austin Nature & Science Center

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Address: 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Phone Number: 5129743888
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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Fun place for kids

We went there last weekend, good place for young kids. Free entry. You can give dnations if you like. My 2 year old daughter enjoyed seeing animals like vulture, hawk, owl, fox... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sonal G
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there last weekend, good place for young kids. Free entry. You can give dnations if you like. My 2 year old daughter enjoyed seeing animals like vulture, hawk, owl, fox, mouse, fishes etc... Walking trail is good too. Dino pit is nice area for kids to enjoy. Perfect afternoon activity for kids.

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1 Thank Sonal G
Ridgewood, NJ
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508 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The science center is located in Zilker Park area and has a few signs to help find it. We decided to pay an early morning visit during the Christmas holidays. When we arrived at 9 AM, there was only one other family there. Upon our departure almost 2 hours later, there were maybe 5 families, so it can be quite... More 

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2 Thank NJTravellingfool
McAlester, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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2 Thank James B
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

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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4 Thank Robert N
Austin, Texas
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149 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 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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2 Thank NatalieTanner
Mobile, Alabama
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673 reviews
390 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 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 

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2 Thank pnkgirl
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

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3 Thank Carol L
Austin, TX
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272 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 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 

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1 Thank crazyAustin
North Richland Hills, Texas
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136 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 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 

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1 Thank rdp343
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82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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