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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

One Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
972-562-5566
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in McKinney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We used the rental space and Brenda was a dream from start to finish! Not only is the price great, but all the tables and chairs were included and set up for when we got there. Perfect day and beautiful scenery to have a wedding/reception. We used the deck for the wedding and the conference hall for the reception for... More

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The Colony, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went 3 times with my children in the span of a month before I realized that $80 for the family (one full year family membership) was a great deal. We use the facility to get in our family time and a bit of exercise walking the trails. My daughter (4) simply wants to walk through the butterfly enclosure and... More

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Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The staff went over and above to make the experience possible. I brought someone who really loves butterflies, to see the butterfly exhibit. Unfortunately, the paths are not really accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. However, the manager interrupted her meeting (twice) to drive us to and from the location to make it possible. The other staff members were approachable and... More

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Moscow, Russia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Right size for morning, afternoon or whole day hiking. There are plenty of nice outside trails, boardwalks, etc. No matter how hot it is outside, you'll be able to find trails with great tree coverage. The butterfly garden is rather small if you are in butterflies Discovery Garden is for you! They have butterfly release at noon every day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Forget the mall or movies -- this place gets a family up and moving outside! As one of McKinney's best treasures, you'll forget you're in Texas as you head out for a hike among some of the prettiest landscape in this area. Whether walking a nature trail or enjoying one of their special events, this place is a must-visit!

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Waxahachie, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It seems like they are doing you a favor letting you come there. And it isn't cheap for what you see. A few animals that are not that exciting. It's ok. The butterfly exhibit is small and has a bunch of the same kind of butterflies. If you live close it might be worth it....but don't bother driving very far... More

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Lake Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a nice little Nature Museum with about six miles worth of trails. Taking the trail through the wetlands was by far my most enjoyable. One thing to point out is most cities will have a Nature Museum so this one is not anything too large to go out of your way for if you are visiting, as there... More

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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We live nearby and have a membership; we go often. You can come here for the day or just come here for a quick hour walk. There are plenty of nice outside trails, boardwalks, etc. No matter how hot it is outside, you'll be able to find trails with great tree coverage. Inside, some of the displays in the habitat... More

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Allen, Texas
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The place offers a small museum and numerous hiking trails in their wildlife sanctuary. The place may not be attractive to a tourist but is a great destination for someone in the area. The museum has a lot of natural science and history artifacts including stones/minerals that my kids loved. The butterfly place was a hit with them. Carry some... More

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Love the Heard and have been members for years. It's a beautiful place within minutes of the city of McKinney with something for everyone. Lots of beautiful hiking trails that showcase the wildlife and natural vegetation of the area. They also have man-made wetlands and have canoe trips on them from time to time. Highly recommend that. Lots of other... More

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