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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Neighbourhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Address: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
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+1 713-681-8433
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Something to see...even in Winter

I love reading reviews about how people see nothing here. That's largely because wild critters typically avoid people. If you want to see them, you must proceed quietly. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love reading reviews about how people see nothing here. That's largely because wild critters typically avoid people. If you want to see them, you must proceed quietly. You also have to move slowly and actually stop and look for them. On some rare occasions, you can literally find wildlife hanging out on the paths. Again, this is on rare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set on 155 acres and not publicly funded, this protected woodland conservancy abutting Memorial Park has miles of walking trails under the loblolly pines and other native Texas species. The recent droughts and Hurricane Ike (during which several hundred trees were lost) have decimated much of the original flora, however there is currently a comprehensive resoration planned. The staff at... More 

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Taylors, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanting to do an outdoor activity together, our family went to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. It provided wonderful nature trails that offered views of interesting natural landscapes and glimpses of wildlife. We were particularly entertained by the turtles and their fascination with us. This was a nice oasis to escape the big city without having to leave the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank InquisitiveTravels17
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 5 January 2017

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 

Thank mattabessett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 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 10 November 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 

Thank Lorraine G
Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 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 28 October 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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