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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 shaded hiking!

Love to visit the Heard and enjoy a connection with nature while I hike the covered trails and observe wildlife. Almost always see something new. It is a gem for McKinney and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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McKinney, Texas
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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Love to visit the Heard and enjoy a connection with nature while I hike the covered trails and observe wildlife. Almost always see something new. It is a gem for McKinney and Collin County!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Nice hidden gem in McKinney TX. Great visit for kids, families, or adults if you enjoy nature, outdoor activities, or want to take a run at the challenge course.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you're a nature enthusiast you'll love this place. Tucked away in the Southeast corner of the city, this gem has several events through out the year. The staff is fairly knowledgeable and more than willing to answer questions.

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Took my grandson to see the dinosaurs. It was a lot of fun, especially when we saw the snake crossing our path.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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 5 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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