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Houston Nature Center

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International Owl Center

This was really cool. We got to see four owls, two of them up close. The staff was very... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
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Natural Playground was Fantastic!

The small visitor building was interesting and the park is nice. But the natural playground, is... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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215 W Plum Street, Houston, MN 55943
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

This was really cool. We got to see four owls, two of them up close. The staff was very knowledgeable and gave a very interesting and professional presentation. Worth the drive from La Crosse!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

The small visitor building was interesting and the park is nice. But the natural playground, is simply wonderful! Our 6-year-old loved it, and frankly, so did his mom and dad! If you are in Houston, this is a must-see!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cuTRis
Reviewed October 11, 2017

I love this place. The Center itself has interesting and interactive displays. Although the bees are gone for the season, the see-through hive and the tunnel to the outside are fascinating to watch. The natural playground is wonderful. The new treehouse/playhouse and the zipline (open...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Denise R
Reviewed July 26, 2017

There was a lot of interesting things to see at the Nature Center. When we went it was still the home of the future International Owl Center.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank IowaWatcher
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

Even though it was raining we got a glimpse of the gorgeous scenery surrounding this center. You have to go for the interesting bees and their story. Great gift shop also!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Penny G
Reviewed December 31, 2016

The Houston Nature Center is a great place to stop while biking and/or camping in the area. There's a nice park for the kids, bandshell events in the summer and a hiking trail on the premises. The NC also has a number of interesting nature...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Alan S
Reviewed February 5, 2016

This has been a pleasant and informative addition to our little town of Houston, MN. Please come and see for yourself and enjoy the friendly people and outstanding scenery.

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Marlene S
Reviewed October 27, 2015

Lots of educational material and sometimes workers to ask questions. Clean restrooms for campers, wood for campfires and lots for kids to do.

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank CJF2731
Reviewed October 21, 2015

Some amazing taxidermy pieces here, including two deer heads with antlers locked together. Very educational and lots of unique items in gift shop.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank TA R
Reviewed November 24, 2014

I have been here many times and this is a great place that kids and adults will enjoy. For adults, take a look at the repurposed iron sculptures outside the Nature Center. In the building, you will likely see one of the owls in the...More

Date of experience: May 2014
2  Thank MNcustomer
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