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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024 (Washington Ave./ Memorial Park)
713-681-8433
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As featured in Houston on a budget
Ranked #31 of 165 attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Houston Arboretum is free to visit - you can get away from all the noise and bustle and get up close with nature and wildlife. There are several ponds, a meadow area and extensive woods - also an interpretive centre. If you're there later in the afternoon you may well get to see armadillos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There a various trails, I didn't know which one to take first, there is a section where you can only explore and another one where you can jog and bike, I only took the trail you explore. Once you get more inside towards the inner loop the city noise comes to an end.Its only you,nature and the greenery around you.... More

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Houston, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Between Houston’s downtown and Galleria area lies the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a natural oasis located in the middle of urban Houston. It is 155 acres in size and offers a nice respite from the concrete, cars, and buildings usually associated with a major city. Houston’s Arboretum and Nature Center doubles as a place to take a stroll through... More

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Galveston Island, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The trails made it feel so nice to be out in nature but still be in the city. My boyfriend and I hiked around the outer loop for about an hour in the late afternoon and had a great time! The visitor center had some nice exhibits about what dwelled inside the arboretum and what wildlife and plants can be... More

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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

The place is kept well but the view here is not breathtaking. Do it only if you are going to spend a significant amount of time in Houston

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Richmond, Virginia
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186 reviews 186 reviews
53 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I always love a slice nature in the middle of a big city. I really enjoyed the nature trails and while I did hear roar of the trucks from the nearby highway in some parts of the park, it did not detract me from having overall positive experience. The visitor center is informative and well kept. I think it's a... More

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

It's 155 acres protected from the asphalt jungle and dedicated to educating the public about the natural plant and wildlife of Eastern Texas. It's free and a terrific service to the community. There are five miles of trails, each is designed to accommodate various segments of the population. The Palmetto Multi-sensory trail is designed with the visually impaired in mind... More

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you are looking for a peaceful spot within the city of Houston, the arboretum is the place to go. Lovely, long walking trails and an informative nature center make for a great field trip.

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Houston, Texas
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

So, we are fans of the arboretum, but we've never been when it's this warm. We made the mistake last time of going when it's too cool...i.e. everything in winter mode. Well, we got a nice treat this time with lots of greenery and flowers. The tree cover in the warmer months also makes it much cooler in certain parts... More

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Humble, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

It's a nice place to visit to learn more about nature and the animal's habitats. It's best to go early when it's not too hot. The staff was very polite and helpful.

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