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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

#41 of 298 things to do in Houston Features Animals
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
+1 713-681-8433
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Nice place to read the paper on a Sunday morning.

A beautiful botanical park that shows the forest that was Houston before it was it was founded... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Iparon
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Houston
Wonderful walks in the city

A fantastic day out with the kids and our dog. Lots of families and people with their pets were... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
MartyParty4
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Houston, Texas
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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. The Nature Center houses a Nature Shop, restrooms, and Discovery Room which includes aquariums, microscopes, and interactive exhibits like the 15 ft. model "Learning Tree". Grounds: Open Daily 7 am to dusk; Building: Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm, except major holidays. Discovery Room: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free; donations appreciated.
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“outer loop” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

A beautiful botanical park that shows the forest that was Houston before it was it was founded. Nicely kept, plenty of parking, and if you come at the right time you can eat plums you pick up right from the tree.

Thank Iparon
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

A fantastic day out with the kids and our dog. Lots of families and people with their pets were walking the trails. We saw many turtles, butterflies, skink, a white fuzzy caterpillar, squirrels, loads of birds and lizards. Really nice nature outing for everyone.

Thank MartyParty4
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Beautiful trails so close to the city. I was looking for some hiking, animals and fun - and found everything. Super friendly and helpful staff made my adventure so much more worth it.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Went on a weekday during spring break with my 15 yr old daughter. Was a beautiful place for a hike. Wasn't crowded and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank swimmomgreene
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We came here for a hike because we were staying nearby the galleria. There were about 2mi of walking paths through the arboretum but there wasnt much to see. Just trees and swamp. The whole walk on the longest path took just an hour or...More

Thank Susie G
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Went on a cloudy day. Discovery center has a few small exhibits that elementary aged kids can learn some stuff about lifecycles and animals. The nature paths are numerous. Can pick how long of a hike you want to undergo. Not very strenuous. Actually somewhat...More

1  Thank funk74
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This green space near the Memorial Park offering nature walking trails in various habitats and ends at the Buffalo Bayou

Thank msi2014
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This is a well run and engaging center. A peaceful oasis in the city with varying textures in landscape and walkways. If parking is tight go next door where you see people biking and playing volleyball. Tons of parking there and its a short walk...More

Thank boatsnships
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This lovely park is a great place to stroll through, get my steps in, and see birds and butterflies. Lots of families and kids here.

1  Thank Memy A
Reviewed 8 February 2017

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,...More

2  Thank SEAMONKEYINK
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realelliec
Are dogs allowed?
23 May 2017|
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Response from houstonarboretum | Property representative |
Yes! We love it when people bring their dogs to the Arboretum. As previous comments listed, we ask that you keep your dog on a leash at all times, keep them on the trails, and pick up after your pet (and dispose of any... More
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LynnLM
How long should you plan to spend to walk around?
1 March 2016|
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Response from empress5 | Reviewed this property |
The Houston Arboretum is small but many photo opportunities and easy trails. I would say around 2 hours. If you go to their website, you'll be better able to plan your day. It has great information including hours, parking... More
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Catherine B
Are you allowed to fish in the lakes here?
26 December 2014|
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Response from Cindy M | Reviewed this property |
You can fish in Lake Houston and surrounding areas. Go to the web site of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. You will find all you need for information on fishing and nature activities.
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