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Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin

#4 of 6 in Wildlife in Austin
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center has provided hands-on nature exhibits, education programs and recreation activities for countless visitors, teachers and children of all ages that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the ANSC is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.

The Austin Nature & Science Center offers many programs for preschoolers, kids, families and adults with topics ranging from butterflies to caving and much more.
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  • We had such a great time here. 8 year old loved learning about all of the bones and furs. Her highlight was the bees and the bobcat moxie who she loved! Dinosaur digging was great and such a...  more »
  • What child would not like being able to dig for dinosaur bones, look for fish in a creek, see rescued owls and watch turtles swim. In addition, you can access Zilker Park trails and explore even...  more »
  • We visited this place for the first time today and it was so great I had to leave a review!! I barely ever do that, lol. The people on here who gave this place a bad review are seriously ridiculous...First off, it’s FREE! I don’t think you can really take your kids any place that’s as cool for free. The welcome center had a two different areas for younger kids to explore and play. Lots of interesting science facts posted all about, A very hands on place, your kids will not get in trouble for touching everything! Lots of beautiful places to take pictures on the grounds. A big sand pit for the kids to play in/dig up dinosaur bones in. There were rescued animals on display, a bob cat, WOW! Lots of nice trails to walk. Would definitely bring lots of water and sunblock and also sandals/ water shoes to walk around in this mini creek they have there as well. Will definitely make it back to this place again soon.
  • This place is amazing FREE fun for the kiddos. Not only is it fun for them but they’re learning major bonus!! Definitely worth checking this place out. Donations are not required but excepted and appreciated.

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