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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: One Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
Phone Number: 972-562-5566
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...
Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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Great Escape!

An oasis in the desert of Dallas. Peace and calm and quiet amidst the crazy commotion of the city. Great for both young and old, and everyone in between. Our little kids, our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

An oasis in the desert of Dallas. Peace and calm and quiet amidst the crazy commotion of the city. Great for both young and old, and everyone in between. Our little kids, our teens, and our grandparents loved it. Animals to see, trails to hike, fresh air to breathe. Good all around. Highly recommend.

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Took my 4-year old grandson to see the dinosaur exhibit earlier this year. He was freaked out at first, but got comfortable by the middle of the walk through the exhibit. He also loved the miniature village. Can't wait to take his little brothers next summer when they're a bit older!

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We visited during the dinosaurs exhibit which my young children really enjoyed. I personally enjoyed walking through the nature trails. We saw several interesting birds, we saw snakes and turtles in their natural habitat.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I enjoyed seeing the indoor museum pieces. My favorite was the outside animal exhibits. They have exotic animals like lemurs! They had capybaras, foxes, deer, and other animals I'd never seen or heard

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This place is off by itself, not by any other attractions. Plenty of parking and a good gift shop. I would say the target age for most of the exhibits is 4-12, and 12 would be pushing it. It's very peaceful, a nice easy hike for kids, and the inside exhibits were very educational. But it is a little pricey... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I went primarily for the Butterfly Exhibit, which was nice but small. Saw the other animals they had and toured the museum. It was ok but I think it was overpriced for what’s there. We went on a Sunday afternoon in July so it was hot! We didn’t do any of the trails because it was too hot to enjoy.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I try to go to The Heard a couple of times a year, especially in late spring and again in the fall. They have one of the best butterfly gardens I've seen. If you're there in summer, you must spend time in the butterfly garden. Lots of host and nectar plants to attract many kinds of pollinators. I also love... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Took grandchildren to see the dinosaur exhibit, and they absolutely loved it. The dinosaurs scared them at first, but after they realized they weren't real, they really got into it. Nice place to take the younger children.

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Garland, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Traveled with small children who really enjoyed the adventure. A picnic lunch was the perfect ending to our day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I've been a photographer for years, but untill a few years ago, I had no way to share my work with others. Now, I enter the contest every year! And while there may be a slight fee of 5 dollars per photo you put in, the end result is worth it. Not only do I now have work displayed, but... More 

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Additional Information about Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: One Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
Phone Number: 972-562-5566
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McKinney
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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