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Austin Nature & Science Center

301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746
512 327 8181
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Ranked #65 of 179 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, Texas
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201 reviews 201 reviews
36 attraction reviews
475 helpful votes 475 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
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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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
3 reviews 3 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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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Great place for the kids to run around, play, and learn a little. Fun for adults too.

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