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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Graham w wrote a review May 7
Mims, Florida1042 contributions664 helpful votes
We were impressed by quality of boardwalks and trails available here, and variety . We enjoyed many wildflowers, water snakes, turtles, There are restrooms at building near children's play area. Staff still wearing masks outdoors where covid most unlikely to be passed, especially as most of us are vacinnated, or have had covid so herd immunity.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Michael S wrote a review Feb 2021
Spring, Texas68 contributions5 helpful votes
While visiting family in Houston, it was a short drive to the Nature Center. The cold spell this last week turned a lot of the park brown but the trails were so nice to walk through on such a nice day. There were so many families and couples doing the same. Stopped in the center and it had very nice displays and classrooms. We will come back again when things green up again.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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mojomo wrote a review Jan 2021
Texas6267 contributions206 helpful votes
Had a nice walk around the Houston Arboretum today. It’s been years since I’ve been. Nicely organized. Entrance off Woodway. Restrooms at the Nature Center building. Nice winding boardwalks over wetlands. Benches and secluded spots to relax while social distancing. This area and Memorial Park have seen some much needed revamping. A great place for the whole family to enjoy!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Review-er-er_er wrote a review Aug 2020
Houston, Texas156 contributions158 helpful votes
Out of sentimentality or perhaps because I am a glutton for punishment, I still, every couple of months or so, if I'm passing by (or if bad weather or work or something else prevents me from going to better places) stop here. The wildlife has never recovered from the construction or the toxic chemical free for all they unleased upon the grounds. It's at about 11% of what it once was and it still stings and gets me down every time I see what it has been reduced to. Now the Arboretum is just a wanna be Hermann park (with significantly less wildlife) and the animals that used to fill the Arboretum, realizing that the wild is no longer wanted, have obliged the powers that be and fled in droves. While much of the wildlife has expanded out into other areas of Memorial Park, Memorial Park is considerably more crowded with visitors; and with its woodland paths super thin in many places, it can get quite hairy with the bicyclists flying through the trails. Watching the evolution of the Arboretum is like watching Mommy Dearest for the first time. You remember all of the great old movies Faye Dunaway was in and just shake your head because those memories have been forever tainted by the cold, hard reality of the present. Not only did they destroy the best wildlife hotspots, they also closed off the foot path to the bayou that was open and used by locals for DECADES. They've taken everything that was wild and interesting and made it dull, vanilla and pedestrian - adding paid parking to boot. It will take years, if ever, for the wildlife to return and that makes me incredibly sad - that they destroyed an amazing raw jewel, only to make something shiny but of much less substance and appeal. Maybe some day I can accept it as just a decent place in the city for a walk. For now, it's still 1 star in my eyes. Oh, and the bathrooms are locked.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Carol and Ray L wrote a review Mar 2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania174 contributions123 helpful votes
This was a nice area to walk and enjoy outside nature. The nature center was not open, so we can't comment on that. The area was quite and we saw a row of turtles sunning themselves on a log.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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