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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fun with or without kids

I brought my niece here for a fun outing. We walked some of the trails (bring plenty of water) and visited all the different sections of the museum. There were ways to entertain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Dallas
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Dallas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I brought my niece here for a fun outing. We walked some of the trails (bring plenty of water) and visited all the different sections of the museum. There were ways to entertain her at every corner & she was excited to learn new things. The gift shop is great as well. The animal exhibit was nice. There is a... More 

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Richardson, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The first time I visited the Heard was on a fifth-grade field trip. We were allowed to walk through the museum freely (and there were some curiosities I thought were really scary and/or gross), and then we organized to walk on a nature trail. This was umpty-UMP years ago. Since then, the nature trails and habitat trails have been WAY... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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23 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There's plenty for kids (and adults) to see and do, with lots of hands-on exhibits. All sorts of natural exhibits and walking trails. The physical plant has been significantly upgraded since our last visit, many years ago.

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Princeton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Museum is small but the walking trails are wonderful. Pick the habitat trail that appeals to you and head out. We had an interesting, peaceful walk and came back with a lot of pictures. Well worth the moderate admission fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been here a few times and enjoy it each time. I particularly love the museum as there are just enough curiosities to look at and learn about without having to spend all day inside. The nature trails are nicely groomed and a lot of fun to walk on. I also enjoy the rehabilitation exhibit showcasing a few small animals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We went when they had their dinosaur exhibit. It was really cool and we took lots of pictures. The kids had a blast. We walked around outside and they had big replicas of the dinosaurs, some even squirted water out of their mouth. Price was reasonable. Would definitely go back.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I liked the Heard Museum. It was used by a friend as a wedding venue. While the place could be a little more organized, it was unique and quaint.

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McKinney, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Everyone who visits the Heard Natural Science Museum will experience nature and wildlife as they explore the 280 acre nature preserve. Experienced trail guides are available to provide visitors with lots of information on the many varieties on native plants and animals species that call the Heard home. The Heard has a variety of youth and adult educational programs that... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Kids had a blast. Best time to go is during spring/summer time. Its blissful and great to connect with nature. The administrative staff are helpful and resourceful. Dont expect too much and you will enjoy the place more.

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Dallas, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The exhibit is definitely a lot of fun the first time you visit but I feel it is overpriced for what they have to offer. It takes less than an hr to see the dinosaurs, butterflies and live animals. I wish they would reduce the ticket price to make it more attractive to families.

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