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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The different landscapes through the park are beautiful. But the turtles are what the kids are most... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Houston, Texas
Kids had a great time during spring break

Kids walked around and learned about the nature area and had a great time. They loved seeing the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas
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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. The Nature Center houses a Nature Shop, restrooms, and...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
+1 713-681-8433
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The different landscapes through the park are beautiful. But the turtles are what the kids are most interested in. A peaceful place to go except for the close sound of traffic rushing by.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GaryMacfishing
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids walked around and learned about the nature area and had a great time. They loved seeing the turtles the best.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank pattim970
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I expected a lot from this place but I was definitely disappointed when, even after walking around for considerable duration, I did not find anything noteworthy to see. It does not seem to be maintained very well, is on the fringe of freeway and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank meshef
Reviewed February 12, 2019

I am somewhat sad that they are building a lot and have put in parking meters-and turned the property back into a prairies which makes sense since the trees died, but they are gearing up as a venue for receptions and such -I enjoyed the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gay e
Reviewed January 16, 2019

It was a bit noisy because of the construction, but I imagine the new features of the Nature Center will be even nicer.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank vedam2018
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit to see original Houston landscapes such as the praire. Turtles and the occasional train passing the park perimeter will keep children interested. Trails are short, flat and accessible. The only downside is the constant roar of traffic from the nearby freeways,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Stevestravels101
Reviewed December 23, 2018

We were visiting Houston and wanted to get some fresh air and walk. We enjoyed walking around the perimeter of the Houston Arboretum on a beautiful day. It is an easy walk and we saw a box turtle! Although the foliage was probably not at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Izzy K
Reviewed December 3, 2018

Roses are gorgeous and make sure you walk up the hill walking around and around until you reach the top with a water fall from the top to the bottom. You can see a long view around Houston. Several gardens and sculptures. You will enjoy...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank irmac213
Reviewed November 23, 2018

Took the local bus to visit the arboretum. It was a rainy day and had to cross a very busy expressway with no facility for pedestrian crossing to get to the entrance. The trails were soggy and uncomfortable and squish beneath the feet. The visit...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rusi G
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Houston does not have many walking areas. This nature center is a lovely opportunity to see local birds, insects, and walk through pleasant trails. They also have a great gift shop and they sell yummy popsicles.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank calejandra
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February 24, 2019|
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Response from houstonarboretum | Property representative |
There is a METRO bus stop just outside our Woodway Entrance as well as a Houston BCycle station just down the road at the Memorial Park Running Trails Center.
May 23, 2017|
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Response from houstonarboretum | Property representative |
Yes! We love it when people bring their dogs to the Arboretum. As previous comments listed, we ask that you keep your dog on a leash at all times, keep them on the trails, and pick up after your pet (and dispose of any... More
March 1, 2016|
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Response from empress5 | Reviewed this property |
The Houston Arboretum is small but many photo opportunities and easy trails. I would say around 2 hours. If you go to their website, you'll be better able to plan your day. It has great information including hours, parking... More