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Houston Nature Center

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215 W Plum Street, Houston, MN 55943
+1 507-896-4668
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In my own backyard

I love this place. The Center itself has interesting and interactive displays. Although the bees... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2017
Denise R
Houston, Minnesota, United States
A great place to visit...

There was a lot of interesting things to see at the Nature Center. When we went it was still the... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2017
Cresco, Iowa
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215 W Plum Street, Houston, MN 55943
+1 507-896-4668
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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

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.

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!

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

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.

1  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.

1  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.

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

1  Thank MNcustomer
Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went to the concert in the park and stopped in at the nature center. Very interesting, I had no idea Minnesota had rattle snacks but was happy to know no one has been bitten since the 1800's. Definitely a place to stop when in...More

Thank jette1155
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I returned after attending the Taste of the Trail event last fall. This place offers Alice the owl, who is the pet of the local naturalist. I had so much fun meeting Alice and learning about the Owl events.

Thank Gail B
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