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Armand Bayou Nature Center

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Armand Bayou Nature Center

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Julia T wrote a review Sep 2020
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I always enjoy trips to the Nature Center to walk the trails, see the wildlife up close, kayaking, pontoon boat rides and everything else! Be smart - take sunscreen and mosquito spray, but visit! You will be happy you did.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tracy D wrote a review Jul 2020
Houston, Texas206 contributions57 helpful votes
We enjoyed our trip to the Armand Bayou Nature Center. Due to the pandemic the buildings including the gift shop were closed, but the trails were open. I think our favorite part was the boardwalk that led to a platform overlooking a portion of the bayou. We spotted a good size alligator and tons of frogs from the platform. During this hike (late June) there were A LOT of orb spiders. It certainly made you stay on the path, but they were interesting.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Brian C wrote a review Jan 2020
Pearland, Texas243 contributions73 helpful votes
Armand Bayou is a great place to get away from the city for a nice short hike and to be in nature. Our kids loved exploring the trails. The area is not enormous, but you are not bumping into people along the way either.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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PixelPeterS wrote a review Nov 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado54 contributions5 helpful votes
Away from the bustle of the city, this spot is an oasis complete with water. At the Visitor Center we (seniors) paid $4 each to support this non profit and its work. We saw snakes below the wooden boardwalk going to the Interpretive Center where we saw enclosures with snakes close up and personal. I found out why the name cotton mouth is appropriate. We walked along pathways that were mostly damp adjacent to boggy watered areas looking for wildlife. Renee enjoyed the historic Martin Farm and its displays. Worth the visit. Bring insect repellent so you can walk without worrying about bugs.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Marc C wrote a review Oct 2019
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Armand Bayou was created when the area experienced significant subsidence after surrounding groundwater was drained during development of the area. This caused the bayou to change from a narrow creek to a fairly wide near-river. The boat ride provides passengers the chance to see a short stretch of natural landscape as it might have been before Houston became a megalopolis. Both the captain and the volunteer docent were affable and friendly. Neither were naturalists, so information about the plants, birds, reptiles etc. is likely to be basic at best. The bayou was clogged with an invasive plant (Water Hyacinth) on my visit, which necessitated turning around and going upstream from the boathouse: far less interesting as it headed towards human habitation instead of away from it. I would ask if the downstream has been cleared before embarking. Our tour included the boat experiencing a problem which the captain eventually fixed. It made our time on the water much longer than planned. In a way, that was good because we DID see an alligator in the semi-darkness. In short, expect a slow, pleasant boat ride on a pretty, tranquil river. It won’t offer a lot of new “natural history” information about what you’ll see or hear. And you might, if you’re very lucky, see an alligator. Only you can decide if it’s worth the price being asked.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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