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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
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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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Simple and Nice

While it's been a while since we've been here, the museum has a kind of camp feel to it. There is an outdoor, life-sized, animatronic dinosaur display which is very cool (and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
WanderJones
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All over (NY originally)
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All over (NY originally)
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While it's been a while since we've been here, the museum has a kind of camp feel to it. There is an outdoor, life-sized, animatronic dinosaur display which is very cool (and sometimes rather corny) and very amusing to our little budding scientist daughter. The natural science portion of the museum was good though, focusing mostly on local flora and... More 

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Thank WanderJones
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The kids were disappointed when the museum in Rockwall was closed for the day so we drove out to Heard. THEY LOVED IT! Fortunately, they had an animatronic dinosaur display because it was dinos we were out to see. Plus they had amazing exhibits and live animals for all of us to see and learn about. We all had a... More 

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1 Thank Zann777
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Very cool small place with great trails, exhibits and zoo like animals. Historical mini village, gift shop and indoor and outdoor museums.

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1 Thank Justp0579
United States
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Old School back to nature experience. The kids can really touch and feel nature here. The trails are an adventure and lots of fun. There is a real variety of fauna and flora native to North Texas. Also good for teaching kids about snakes, scorpions and other naturally occurring things that we all must deal with.

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1 Thank starranchroad
McKinney, Texas
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I visit the heard conservatory once or twice a year. We love to take day hikes and we love nature. The heard gives a close escape from the city and suburbs, and the opportunity to experience nature. We love it.

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1 Thank PaulRussi
McKinney, Texas
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

First time visiting the Heard Museum; was missing a really enjoyable place. Didn't expect animals or nature trails. Absolutely enjoyed the Wood Duck Trail over the wetlands; have to return after a time to hike the remaining trails and see what new exhibits have hopefully been added.

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Thank JBJ315
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Great afternoon easy hiking, and learning new things. Took one of my older daughters and we both really enjoyed the experience.

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Thank Rickyellis
Frisco, Texas
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

We have been to the Heard on several occasions and we like walking the trails on a nice day. But this review is regarding using the Heard as a wedding venue. They have several options for locations but we chose the Science Center which had a nice balcony overlooking the trees and a reception hall attached. We found the venue... More 

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Thank Cloakofstars
Dallas, United States
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Starting this month through February actual size prehistoric animals roam the grounds. A real treat for kids of all ages. .

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Thank Ted P
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78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I took my 2 year old grandson and he loved it. Don't bother to bring a stroller the path is not conducive for them. My grandson got tired about three quarters of the way through and I wound up carrying him and dragging the stroller. The exhibits are well done with movements and sound. Certainly worth the visit if in... More 

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