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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
+1 713-681-8433
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well laid out walks, several loops under shade

Did this in July - in Houston - are you crazy? Great place for a walk in the city. Shaded but very... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
scottybod
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San Antonio, TX
Beautiful and Tranquil

Great place for classes on plants and gardening, photography, birds and they say they're soon... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jimmy V
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Houston, Texas, United States
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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 Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, and interactive exhibits like the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Open Daily 7 am to dusk; Building: Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice respite” (6 reviews)
“memorial park” (10 reviews)
“big city” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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+1 713-681-8433
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"memorial park"
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"big city"
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"flora and fauna"
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"relaxing walk"
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"nice hiking trails"
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"view wildlife"
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"loop trail"
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"school kids"
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"visitor center"
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"green space"
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"buffalo bayou"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Did this in July - in Houston - are you crazy? Great place for a walk in the city. Shaded but very humid. You don't walk down the streets there in summer, you swim. Quite cut off from the noise of the city. Upgraded car...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for classes on plants and gardening, photography, birds and they say they're soon adding classes for food, wine and beer! The grounds are awesome. They have beautiful outdoor spaces for weddings and other different beautiful outdoor spaces for very peaceful memorial services. I...More

Thank Jimmy V
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Reviewed June 4, 2018

Family trip for a nibbles and drinks with lecture including a fully escorted night hike all about fireflies. Most enthusiastic staff and volunteers - well done. Had a most enjoyable evening. No specific wear-gear as it was on boardwalk. Saw everything, bats, birds, armadillo but...More

Thank Philip J
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Right off the 16 loop and memorial is a beautiful natural setting. There is a very modern and very pretty building were classes are conducted. I attended an evening when a friend's daughter had her high school graduation party there. The staff was incredible, beautiful...More

Thank Robert G
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Hiking trails are really nice, and dogs on leashes are welcome. There are a number of trails, so check out the maps so you don't get lost. Do watch out for snakes, though! Be sure to bring water with you. The picnic area is very...More

1  Thank Peggy H
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

We dropped by on a humid afternoon - took the outer loop and quickly were taken to a place that felt miles from anywhere. Saw an armadillo family, snapping turtles, a box turtle and 20 species of local flora. Also saw a farkleberry for the...More

1  Thank teeay65
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Lovely, easy walking trails for dogs and kids, adults and tweens! Benches beneath the trees, a large pond with turtles and birds, an interactive nature center. Lots of new plants, trees and diversity being planted now.

Thank Kiki P
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

There is not much open space in Houston. This is an exception. There are some nature trails and a visitor center. You can still hear the traffic noise but it is not too bad.

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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

Hurricane Harvey damaged a lot of the arboretum, so there is a lot of construction and debris around. The paths were sometimes swampy from recent rains. I feel they could have put more wood chips down in the worst areas. My TX family said it...More

Thank Connie S
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Reviewed January 30, 2018

Stop by to enjoy the tranquility in the middle of this busy city. You can even get married in the park.

1  Thank David O
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realelliec
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
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LynnLM
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
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Catherine B
December 26, 2014|
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Response from Sandynick | Reviewed this property |
You can fish in Lake Houston and surrounding areas. Go to the web site of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. You will find all you need for information on fishing and nature activities.
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