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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
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+1 713-681-8433
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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A peaceful place to retreat

On a cool, misty day, I walked the trails at the Arboretum. It was almost magical. The trails are well prepared and covered. Benches everywhere for folks who like to sit and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a cool, misty day, I walked the trails at the Arboretum. It was almost magical. The trails are well prepared and covered. Benches everywhere for folks who like to sit and ponder. Trail signs are pretty good, although I do get lost. This is a secret discovery for those who want to sit and contemplate and enjoy the beauty... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a great stop if you are in Houston and need a mini-retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has some nice walking trails with several relaxing stops to watch birds or turtles. The best times to visit (due to the brutal Houston weather) are between October and April. Parking fills... More 

Thank Boydster713
central CT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here with my family including school-age children. We visited in winter, when there are few birds and the plant life is not particularly green. Some nice hiking trails, and a couple of ponds teeming with turtles, but that was about it. There is very little in the visitor center building. It is free to park, free to visit,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Visiting from FL. Weather was cooler, saw a lot of vegetation different than SoFla. Looks to be fantastic for families with kids. There was a B day party going on. Nice peaceful walk in SE Texas nature.

Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

We spent the afternoon strolling around here, good place to take children to burn off some energy. Perhaps I was expecting it to look a little similar to uk arboretum I visited. Which also has cultivated areas with different species of plants. This just seems to be natural woodlands. There was quite a few families sat on the pathways having... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

We had six hours to kill after disembarking from a cruise ship and heading to the airport so we wanted to walk around and just take in some greenery. Loved this place! Lots of well-marked trails with reminders to stay away from 3-pronged leafs! Didn't see much wildlife but it is getting close to winter. This would be a great... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

I've spent years coming back to Houston, and I never knew of this nature center until now. Tucked away in Memorial Park is a nice, relaxing trails that goes around a wide loop. You probably don't need more than 1.5 hours, and the outer loop is roughly 2 miles, and the terrain is soft and even the while way. Highly... More 

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I would recommend this for die hard nature lovers and if you have time, after seeing other popular Houston tourist points, especially Citipass points. Free. This is a nature walk, nice trails, we spotted rabbits, squirrels and turtles, many of them. Coming in close contact of real nature, in the middle of a concrete jungle. Good Parking, various activities and... More 

Thank gopij2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

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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