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Austin Nature & Science Center

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Address: 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Phone Number: 512 327 8181
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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Nice place to visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
NatalieTanner
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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137 reviews 137 reviews
66 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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261 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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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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Austin, TX
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219 reviews 219 reviews
98 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 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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North Richland Hills, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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43 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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24 reviews 24 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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maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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