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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 9 Attractions in McKinney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums
Owner description: Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Plano, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

True, the dinosaurs were awesome! I also enjoyed the variety of butterflies, and the walk-in pioneer village really sparked the imagination. It really is a great place to visit and be outdoors, I think I just chose the wrong season to go. There was not too much to see even as early as October, mostly everything was brown. I would... More 

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Northern California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took our 4 yr. old grandson here, he loved all the trails and dinosaurs coming to life, and the indoor museum had snakes and turtles and interesting animal displays. Also had a large bee hive where you could see the bees inside doing their "thing". One indoor area had a fossil area with fossil's on display and even a... More 

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Marianna, Florida, United States
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142 reviews 142 reviews
25 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Came here with my 4 year old nephew and he had a great time. The animated dinosaurs were realistic enough for him. T Rex even made him jump once. He also had a lot of fun in the Pioneer Village and seeing the animals and museum displays. Definitely worth the visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Great place to visit the outdoors. The museum includes indoor as well as outdoor areas. The staff are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of North Texas. They have special events through out the year and offer special classes for Boy Scouts. The special classes they offer are outstanding! I have attended and purchased plants from their Native Plant... More 

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Prosper, Texas, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My family is a member of the Heard, and we gladly enjoy supporting them. Their museum is always interesting - my kids love the animals, especially the snakes! And their trails are great. My son and I regularly take the trails. He grabs a big stick from the ground to walk with and sets off with no particular destination in... More 

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Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
51 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum has gone up a notch over the past 10 years. The exhibits are laid out well and include lots of information. You can see snakes, or stay out of the room! The butterfly exhibit was outside and fun for kids. My favorite is the dinosaur walk. You can walk around a loop and see different dinosaurs. Many move... More 

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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
1 review
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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