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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighborhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Address: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Phone Number: 713-681-8433
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

A 155-acre nature sanctuary 4 miles west of downtown. Five miles of walking...

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. Building houses gift shop, library, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, interactive exhibits including the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Daily 7 a.m. to dusk; Building: daily 9 - 5, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.

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Nice walk

Pretty green space within the city, right in the heart of the Galleria and Up-town Houston area. Pretty and accessible , dog friendly. Not a 10 but very nice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty green space within the city, right in the heart of the Galleria and Up-town Houston area. Pretty and accessible , dog friendly. Not a 10 but very nice.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great nature place in heart of city near galleria Boardwalks for decompressing Sweet little hands on stuff for kids I think it's free I saw lots of birds, fish, turtles, friendly garter snake, butterflies, geiko and I wasn't too hot On a rainy day it has sections that might get muddy

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's amazing that there can be such an unspoiled natural environment so close in town. They've done a wonderful job of preserving and showcasing nature here. Great to take kids to.

Thank davemh333
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We took our 20 month old grandson, the lady was very kind and offered us bug spray, and I was so glad she did. The paths are well marked. The ladies inside new the materials and were able to explain the information very were. We had a picnic lunch and a great time.

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Montgomery, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I was disappointed by the visit my wife and I made to the Arboretum. We walked the inner and outer trails and while the pond was was...well - a pond, the rest of the arboretum was nothing other than a wander through thick areas of local vegetation. It appears that quite a bit of maintenance work is under way and... More 

1 Thank KHBr
Shreveport, Louisiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

We arrived from of town, and this was our first stop. We walked in and got not even a greeting, no smiles, very unfriendly. Just stares. We didn't know where to go or what to do or what the place entailed and no one helped us. We eventually found the trails and walked around for a while but it really... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Just blocks from the hustle and bustle of the Galleria, this nature preserve is an oasis in the midst of our noisy city. It is a quiet peaceful place to take walks, practice nature photography, capture family photos, and to take in the local wildlife. I love the cute little gift shop inside the visitors center, and the Discovery room... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful nature hike but definitely bring some bug spray! The trails are well maintained and the online map I found very helpful. It's important to check the weather, I was lucky enough to finish up just as the rains started!

Thank Jacquie P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We regularly go to the Arboretum to walk back to look at the ponds and to just have some peace. You can hear the cars at a distance, but it is an amazing space right smack dab in the middle of a huge city- literally next door to the most travelled span of interstate in the region. You'd never know... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

What a superb place in the middle of the city to go, to commune with nature, and rejuvenate yourself.

Thank tbtb12

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