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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 15 attractions in McKinney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Forget the mall or movies -- this place gets a family up and moving outside! As one of McKinney's best treasures, you'll forget you're in Texas as you head out for a hike among some of the prettiest landscape in this area. Whether walking a nature trail or enjoying one of their special events, this place is a must-visit!

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Waxahachie, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It seems like they are doing you a favor letting you come there. And it isn't cheap for what you see. A few animals that are not that exciting. It's ok. The butterfly exhibit is small and has a bunch of the same kind of butterflies. If you live close it might be worth it....but don't bother driving very far... More

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Lake Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a nice little Nature Museum with about six miles worth of trails. Taking the trail through the wetlands was by far my most enjoyable. One thing to point out is most cities will have a Nature Museum so this one is not anything too large to go out of your way for if you are visiting, as there... More

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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We live nearby and have a membership; we go often. You can come here for the day or just come here for a quick hour walk. 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. Inside, some of the displays in the habitat... More

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Allen, Texas
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The place offers a small museum and numerous hiking trails in their wildlife sanctuary. The place may not be attractive to a tourist but is a great destination for someone in the area. The museum has a lot of natural science and history artifacts including stones/minerals that my kids loved. The butterfly place was a hit with them. Carry some... More

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Love the Heard and have been members for years. It's a beautiful place within minutes of the city of McKinney with something for everyone. Lots of beautiful hiking trails that showcase the wildlife and natural vegetation of the area. They also have man-made wetlands and have canoe trips on them from time to time. Highly recommend that. Lots of other... More

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McKinney, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A beautiful preserve you'd never know was there. It's a gem. Peaceful and gorgeous. let the kids run and explore. So nice to get lost here on the trails in the trees. Butterfly house is great.

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Dallas, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

How about a hilly and treed walk through nature just outside of Dallas? They even had large (and some water-spitting) dinosaurs placed throughout to keep kids interested if that's your thing. We got some good exercise and enjoyed the scenery....all for $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. A pleasant spot to spend the afternoon.

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frisco, tx
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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My husband, son, and I visited together. Parking lots were full but it wasn't too crowded once we got in. There was a big plant sale going on and some different girl scout groups there. We didn't have a lot of time so we didn't get to explore a lot. We will be back as we joined as members. It... More

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