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Houston Nature Center

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Natural Playground was Fantastic!

The small visitor building was interesting and the park is nice. But the natural playground, is... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
In my own backyard

I love this place. The Center itself has interesting and interactive displays. Although the bees... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Denise R
Houston, Minnesota, United States
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“trailhead”(5 reviews)
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215 W Plum Street, Houston, MN 55943
+1 507-896-4668
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

I visited here last week with a biking tour group after biking to the end of the trail. This nature center is conveniently located at the trailhead. We had a planned lunch stop on the Nature Center property and afterwards a presentation by the on-site...More

3  Thank MSWMom50
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

The small visitor building was interesting and the park is nice. But the natural playground, is simply wonderful! Our 6-year-old loved it, and frankly, so did his mom and dad! If you are in Houston, this is a must-see!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I love this place. The Center itself has interesting and interactive displays. Although the bees are gone for the season, the see-through hive and the tunnel to the outside are fascinating to watch. The natural playground is wonderful. The new treehouse/playhouse and the zipline (open...More

1  Thank Denise R
Reviewed 26 July 2017

There was a lot of interesting things to see at the Nature Center. When we went it was still the home of the future International Owl Center.

Thank IowaWatcher
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Even though it was raining we got a glimpse of the gorgeous scenery surrounding this center. You have to go for the interesting bees and their story. Great gift shop also!

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 31 December 2016

The Houston Nature Center is a great place to stop while biking and/or camping in the area. There's a nice park for the kids, bandshell events in the summer and a hiking trail on the premises. The NC also has a number of interesting nature...More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 5 February 2016

This has been a pleasant and informative addition to our little town of Houston, MN. Please come and see for yourself and enjoy the friendly people and outstanding scenery.

2  Thank Marlene S
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Lots of educational material and sometimes workers to ask questions. Clean restrooms for campers, wood for campfires and lots for kids to do.

2  Thank CJF2731
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Some amazing taxidermy pieces here, including two deer heads with antlers locked together. Very educational and lots of unique items in gift shop.

Thank TA R
Reviewed 24 November 2014

I have been here many times and this is a great place that kids and adults will enjoy. For adults, take a look at the repurposed iron sculptures outside the Nature Center. In the building, you will likely see one of the owls in the...More

2  Thank MNcustomer
Reviewed 7 July 2014

We went to the concert in the park and stopped in at the nature center. Very interesting, I had no idea Minnesota had rattle snacks but was happy to know no one has been bitten since the 1800's. Definitely a place to stop when in...More

Thank jette1155
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