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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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Nice small attraction, on the edge of town

Helpful staff, easy to access, small venue, would be better but the trails, 3 out of 5 were flooded. Trails we walked were well maintained and small museum was interesting

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Sesser, Illinois
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Sesser, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Helpful staff, easy to access, small venue, would be better but the trails, 3 out of 5 were flooded. Trails we walked were well maintained and small museum was interesting

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McKinney, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Been here several times. Grandkids love the place and they can work off their high energy levels - at least for a few hours. Dinosaur animatronics are special, the May plant sales are nice, and the facilities are well kept. A bit worried though about encroaching residential areas around the woodsy setting. Hope they keep it secluded and as close... More 

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Little Elm, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Took family from out of town to Museum and was looking forward to showing the kids the animated dinosaurs on the walk. Got there, it was a warm day, walked and never saw a one so turned around and saw the few live critters in cages which grandkids liked. The museum was interesting was larger than I thought it would... More 

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Dallas
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21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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
60 helpful votes 60 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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