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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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Take a Hike...in a good way

The Arboretum is a good place to take a walk in Houston.Lots of other people doing the same. Lots... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Shutter_Bug
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Texas
Just OK...

I expected so much from this place but it never seems to live up to the hype. I've tried it a few... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Runnin26
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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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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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+1 713-681-8433
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Arboretum is a good place to take a walk in Houston.Lots of other people doing the same. Lots of nicely maintained trails. There's a boardwalk over a turtle pond. There's a small nature center. There's an interpretive trail. There are also Pokestops. It's a...More

Thank Shutter_Bug
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I expected so much from this place but it never seems to live up to the hype. I've tried it a few times and always left feeling like it wasn't that great.

Thank Runnin26
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There’s good news and there is bad news. The good news is that half of the arboretum is STILL open despite construction. The bad news is that ONLY half of the arboretum is open because of construction. I’ve been coming to this Arboretum off and...More

Thank SEAMONKEYINK
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great area to get out and get some fresh air. Woods, trails, birds, turtles and ponds. Very well done with a learning center for adults and children.

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

I was hoping to see lots of flowers and birds etc as spring towards summer.... But quite disappointed that lots of trucks/ trails were closed due to re-constructions. Butter to check how many trails are open befor you go.

Thank gannet01
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Great half day family tours. This place is free for admission and is kept very well. There are many groups of school kids here during the week. Great place for a half day tour with the family, or simply a quiet solo walk with some...More

Thank Jui-Yu C
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

The nature center could have more live exhibits for the children, but is a great place for them to explore with what is currently on display. Walking the nature trails is wonderful. The center is currently working to improve some of the trails which is...More

Thank Kathy A
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nice little attraction - worth a visit for a hour or so There are a few good walks around the facility all signposted where you can keep your eyes out for an animal or two - saw - Snakes, Squirrels and of course turtles Small...More

Thank 83Mike83
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
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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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