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“Tranquil urban space.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024 (Washington Ave./ Memorial Park)
713-681-8433
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Ranked #31 of 126 Attractions in Houston
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking trails through forest, meadow and pond habitats offer opportunities to see frogs, turtles and other wildlife. Building houses gift shop, library, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, interactive exhibits including the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Daily 7 a.m. to dusk; Building: daily 9 - 5, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.
Darlington, England, United Kingdom
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“Tranquil urban space.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The people of Houston are really lucky in the amount of green spaces they have. The Arboretum is ideal for a quick walk on amongst the trees to recharge the soul after a day negotiating the freeways! For families with young children, there is plenty of information and interesting things to see.

Visited April 2013
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Omaha
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“Very good, though it would be better after about 3 feet of rain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This area is a marshy, swampy, type area with NO WATER! Well very little. It is obvious that the drought has hit this area hard. I was told that they had lost 90% of their Cypress tress. Still it was worth the walk and best of all IT'S FREE!

We went in March. I would think that it would be a very hot walk in the summer! Be prepared for lots of school kids.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Oasis in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Although you escape from the roar of traffic on the nearby freeways, and the odd train makes itself known, somehow they recede into the background after a while on the trails.
To me this is less an arboretum, than a little slice of old Texas, with lots of native plants animals, and in the muggy atmosphere of the summer, insects including lots of things that bite.
I am not a big fan of the dogs being allowed, but that aside, at least it is not full of joggers.
A great place to get away from the city for a couple of hours without actually leaving it.

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Nice way to spend your afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I visit the Houston Arboretum very often. There are many trails for walking around the arboretum, and you will see many people walking on a normal day. There is parking near the nature center, and they have some activities for kids inside the nature center too.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, IL
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“Small, but manageable Arboretum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I have visited many Arboretums throughout the country and consider this one to be smaller. The paths are wide and easily navigated. Dogs are allowed on a leash (a bonus for me), however I was a bit stunned when at the farthest edge there was a "CROCODILE" etiquette sign posted. Since I travel with a smaller dog, I was mildly concerned about that. I even asked at the front desk if I should be concerned about a smaller dog and the woman basically laughed at me. A crocodile encounter would've been a snack with my dog?!? At any rate, it was enjoyable and a nice respite from the busy parts of Houston.

Visited January 2013
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