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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Address: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024 (Washington Ave./ Memorial Park)
Phone Number: 713-681-8433
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Ranked #30 of 126 Attractions in Houston
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Hastings
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A lot of well marked trails and a good visitor's center with helpful staff. Play ground for young children and if you check ahead of time there are good possibilities for fun, family oriented programs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

An excellent place to visit if you want to be in contact with nature. I'm sorry I couldn't view in its entirity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Been here 5+ times already. I love this place, there's plenty of nature to see along with the animals that run around everywhere. We have an enjoyable time every time we go, including the time we wondered off onto the bike trails and almost got run down by bikers!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Children love this place, especially boys because there is alot of emphasis on insects and creepy crawlers, bugs and big predator birds. Great outdoor paths and small indoor info area. Only about an hour but they do have childrens' classes and adult classes.

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Houston, TX
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12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I hadn't been in years & the work that they're done (& continue to do) since the drought damaged so much of Memorial Park is amazing. The trails are fantastic & it's hard to know that you're smack dab in the middle of a major urban center.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We visited the Arboretum today. We enjoyed the walking trails, except that the freeway is very close and noisy. There were no signs identifying the plants and trees. There was very little flowering. Entry is free.

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albuquerque nm
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11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Our little dog jumps up and down in the car when he sees that we have pulled up for another walk at the Houston Arboretum! The trails are amazing and we always meet many other walkers who are there busily exploring what the Houston Arboretum has to offer. Each time we have been there we find another trail more interesting... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This a free attraction and a nice getaway within our enormous city. Multiple hiking trails lead you through nature as it is, and likely was, in Houston when the city was founded. Native trees and wildlife. Presently, the underbrush is getting thick because of the drought we suffered through the last few years that killed most of the large trees.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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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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