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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Uphill with a View

Roses are gorgeous and make sure you walk up the hill walking around and around until you reach the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Katy, Texas
Good walking exeperience to experience nature

Houston does not have many walking areas. This nature center is a lovely opportunity to see local... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024-7708
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
+1 713-681-8433
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Roses are gorgeous and make sure you walk up the hill walking around and around until you reach the top with a water fall from the top to the bottom. You can see a long view around Houston. Several gardens and sculptures. You will enjoy...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the local bus to visit the arboretum. It was a rainy day and had to cross a very busy expressway with no facility for pedestrian crossing to get to the entrance. The trails were soggy and uncomfortable and squish beneath the feet. The visit...More

Thank Rusi G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Houston does not have many walking areas. This nature center is a lovely opportunity to see local birds, insects, and walk through pleasant trails. They also have a great gift shop and they sell yummy popsicles.

Thank calejandra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I find myself saddened by the changes. The arboretum is starting to feel less like a lovely wild place (once the ONLY place in Memorial Park you can enjoy nature in without having to dodge runners and speeding bicyclists) and more like Hermann Park. Sure,...More

Thank Review-skiiii
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was a fantastic area and nature park to visit and walking around while you are in houston USA, all round the year

Thank AAR2013
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Probably the best of the Houston urban parks, for those seeking a bit of calm and tranquillity. There’s several miles of shaded woodland trails, some with boardwalks where it might get marshy or wet underfoot; boardwalks out to a couple of seasonal ponds or swamps...More

Thank Smithereene
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by here to hike and explore for a couple hours and had a pleasant time. The temperatures were comfortable outside so it made the walk easier. Parking was plenteous and the trails were well marked and delineated so it was easy to find...More

Thank worldtravelerabm
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Had registered for a Edible Wild Plants Foraging Class which was sponsored by the Houston Arboretum and presented by Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen. It was a fantastic class in a wonderful venue. The facilities are first rate. The variety of local plants is unsurpassed. it's a...More

Thank HoopFL
Reviewed September 27, 2018

I've been going to the Arboretum since I was a kid since I lived closed by in the Memorial Area. it's such a gorgeous place! My husband and I decided to have our wedding ceremony here in September 2017. Review is based on our experience...More

2  Thank Crystal C
Reviewed August 6, 2018

You feel like you are in the country walking the trails. Hard to believe you are inside 610. Almost every trip we see many forms of wildlife running/flying around us.

Thank Stephen M
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May 23, 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
March 1, 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
Catherine B
December 26, 2014|
Response from Sandynick | 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.