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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighborhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Address: 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Aly M
Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Susie M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

For children or grown ups, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a great place for family outdoor actvities. Just walking around makes you feel out in the countryside between woods.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Nice walking treks, very quiet in general! The only thing that put me off were the warning signs showing the different snakes one can encounter and the explanation signs telling us that they enjoy basking on the pond - I know they just mean to help and make visitors aware of their surroundings, but it totally freaked me out so... More 

Thank Charlottecb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

After living in Htown for 14 years I finally had a chance to visit the Arboretum. And what a beautiful place it is. There is a nature center with a little gift shop and various interesting and educational activities for kids to do. There are also specimens of butterflies and bugs, some turtles and fish to look at. Staff is... More 

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