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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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Fun for the Entire Family

The Nature Center is just GREAT. I was there last year for an organic foods class, it was fun and we got to eat but the instructor, "Kristina" is a little bit too hard-core and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nature Center is just GREAT. I was there last year for an organic foods class, it was fun and we got to eat but the instructor, "Kristina" is a little bit too hard-core and scares people, LOL. No, a "raw" diet is NOT for everyone little girl. Anyway, back to the center, it's so much fun to take a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When visiting the Arboretum, we at first did not put on any bug spray-- big mistake!! They have complimentary bug spray in the lobby- highly recommend using it! We walked the inner loop to see a pond in the center of the grounds with lily pads, turtles, pelicans and flying fish. It was wonderful. A great day out of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been enjoying the arboretum for the past 30 years. It is a fun nature walk and I especially enjoy going after a Sunday brunch. (It is a great way to work off those calories.) You get to see all sorts of plants and animals. I have even see a rattlesnake ... just a baby but that means a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 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 August 8, 2016

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.

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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 

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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 

Thank Susie M

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