We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024
Phone Number: 713-681-8433
Improve this listing
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 114 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 57
  • 40
    Very good
  • 14
  • 3
  • 0
step away from the frenetic energy of the highways and enjoy a peaceful walk

We love to walk the trails in every season, always something new to see and hear. In winter there is an added calmness to the already peaceful trails in spite of their proximity... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas

Similar Things to Do in Houston

Add Photo Write a Review

114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
446 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to walk the trails in every season, always something new to see and hear. In winter there is an added calmness to the already peaceful trails in spite of their proximity to the nearby noisy highway. We understand that there are big changes afoot for how the arboretum is accessed and used, so I'm not sure how long... More 

Thank KLsWanderlust
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love visiting the arboretum for nature walks. Such a great place to escape the busy city days. Many great trails to walk. Make sure not to miss the trails that lead you to the ponds. Lovely sights to photograph as well!

Thank MaritereCR
Elmhurst, Illinois
Level Contributor
72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We enjoyed a visit to the Houston Arboretum. We enjoyed the multiple paths. It wasn't very busy on the day of our visit as it was a holiday and the park office was closed. There was a friendly stray dog that followed us about the park until it decided to follow someone else. We enjoyed the peacefulness the park offers.... More 

Thank empress5
Sugar Land, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful park to take the kids for exercise, learning and fun. Staff very friendly and knowledgable, trails are in good shape and the rope bridge in the kids play park gives the kids a challenge.

Thank ZZCanuckZZ
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This place is a jewel that's easy to miss. The small wooden sign sits among overgrown bushes & vines. I think most first time visitors make a U-turn in order to access this wonderful; unspoiled nature center. Once you turn in, there's plenty of parking. It's a very busy place with classrooms filled with children, concessions, information on where to... More 

1 Thank Diana D
Houston, United States
Level Contributor
109 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This is not the greatest arboretum in the world and would have benefited from more signage regarding the plant species in it. However, it is free and provides solitude from the hustle and bustle of Houston. Good for a walk through (along its many paths) or just to sit on one of the benches by the ponds and soak in... More 

Thank Peter N
Sugar Land, Texas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This park is a long hike for us to really enjoy often. It's in the Spring area and we are far south in Sugar Land. However, it's a family-friendly park that has a lot of beautiful things to see. It's also a great place to take some family photos. The staff do an excellent job of maintaining the park.

Thank sugarlandmom2015
houston, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Very nice place for a stroll and the children's classes are top-notch, my children still speak of Ms. Lois and it's been four years since they attended tadpole troopers. Something different and educational....highly recommend.

Thank Tanya L
Level Contributor
117 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I love the care they put in to set up this place and the paths. Good day walk, pretty flowers and very nice setting.

1 Thank JAfrica
Level Contributor
52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We happened to be here on one of the cooler days in Houston, lots of walking paths, beautiful scenery. We had to cut the walk short because of the mosquitoes. The paths were easy to navigate with jogging stroller, the regular four wheeled stroller might have been tougher to use. There were picnic tables available, and I saw at least... More 

Thank KANR

Travelers who viewed Houston Arboretum & Nature Center also viewed


Been to Houston Arboretum & Nature Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Stranraer, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Houston Arboretum & Nature Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?