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Austin Nature & Science Center

301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746
512 327 8181
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Ranked #59 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Austin Nature & Science Center  This is a great little zoo area with local animals. Information related to present attractions and planned... more »
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Austin, TX
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169 reviews 169 reviews
73 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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North Richland Hills, Texas
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117 reviews 117 reviews
44 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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212 reviews 212 reviews
38 attraction reviews
480 helpful votes 480 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

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Very nice little place, beautiful walking paths and cute animals and exhibits. Lots of hands on things for kids to do. I was with my 25 year old daughter and she summed it up by saying that if we had come there when she was a kid she would have never left!

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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The title kinds sums up the entire review - but it wouldn't be fair because it is a gem of a place for kids and adults alike. Like other reviewers indicated it is NOT a zoo. It is really a wonderful place for kids to learn about animals, insects, fossils and nature in general. Unlike most places where one can... More

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Lampasas, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Not a zoo, so don't expect that when you go, a nice nature preserve type area with trails and an education center. My kids are now 16 and 19 but still enjoy the visits. The trails are well kept, vegetation throughout are native to Texas. Lots for younger kids to do. Contained in the park is a wild life rescue... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Awesome place to go to see fossils, live animals, and beautiful forested trails. On the heart on Austin, just gorgeous!

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Austin, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I take my students here every year. They really cater to what you are teaching and at their level. The guides really give the kiddos some time to let it all sink in. Such a beautiful hidden beauty!

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