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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighborhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Address: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024
Phone Number: 713-681-8433
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of...
A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking trails through forest, meadow and pond habitats offer opportunities to see frogs, turtles and other wildlife. Building houses gift shop, library, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, interactive exhibits including the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Daily 7 a.m. to dusk; Building: daily 9 - 5, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.
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One of our very favorite places in Houston. It is so peaceful and there are always tons of animals to spot. My boys (3 and 5) absolutely love it here. Their summer camps are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of our very favorite places in Houston. It is so peaceful and there are always tons of animals to spot. My boys (3 and 5) absolutely love it here. Their summer camps are amazing as well.

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Rio de Janeiro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Nature there is great, but this park looks a bit abandoned. Signage is not great and the things are not well taken care of.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fist, let me say that I love the concept of this non-profit conservancy. Protecting and developing habitat in the middle of the city is an important undertaking, but my review reflects the nature of the place as a work in progress. I have no doubt that with continued support from the community, this group will continue to develop and do... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Just driving up the long tree-lined driveway to the Arboretum makes me start to relax. Although you can still hear traffic, there are easy trails that take you into beautiful woods and the city seems to magically fall away. Big enough to get decent exercise, the arboretum is a welcomed respite in the midst of the city. Take your bug... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I like to come here on Sunday's and get away from the busy concrete jungle that is Houston. I'll go off course at that bridge tunnel and walk the bike paths when I was a tougher terrain.

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Port Arthur, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This place is so very tranquil, I went he just to get away from the world. It was one of the best spots I've been too. I will be going back very soon!!

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very peaceful and the folks who work there are very happy to answer questions and take care of your needs. The nature walkways are short, and you can't get away from the traffic noise, but it is pleasant, particularly for inside the loop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Gorgeous place for everybody that is nature lover. Go there when you need to relax. I enjoy every time, all year round place, another hidden place in the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

You can walk your troubles away, take a class, drop the kids for a special camp... and you can also drop off recycle items! Enjoy!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This Arboretum was a different experience than other Arboretums I have been to. It is more of a nature preserve. I have been to the one in Dallas where there are a lot of flowers and the space is open with paved walkways, where this one is surrounded by trees and is more about the natural surroundings that lay in... More 

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