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Austin Nature & Science Center

301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746
512 327 8181
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Ranked #62 of 180 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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36 attraction reviews
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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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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 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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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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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

Awesome is the word to describe it. My families 2nd time here. We walked the trail learned about trees then to birds, owls, foxes and much more. Thanks for the great day.

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Austin, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

My two sons (age 9 and 4) had a WONDERFUL time here. The outdoor space is well laid out. We got to see some Texas Wildlife up close and personal. Coyote, Owls, Opossom, Vultures, Hawks, even a Porcupine! The walking path was easy to follow and lead into another path without too much over lap. The indoor space is SUPER... More

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