Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Houston

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The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (155 acres) is a non-profit arboretum and nature center located in Memorial Park at 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas. It is open daily with free admission.
The arboretum was first conceived by Robert A. Vines, and in 1951 park land was set aside by the City Council for the Houston Botanical Society. (Today's arboretum is somewhat smaller than its initial 265-acre (1.07 km2) site.) The children's botanical hall was funded in 1966, and nature center begun in 1967. The Houston Arboretum is managed by the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Board of Directors and staff under an agreement with the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
The organization was renamed in the 1980s; donations in the 1990s provided for major renovations and expansions.
Today the arboretum contains over five miles (8 km) of nature trails, with forest, pond, wetland, and meadow habitats. Specialty gardens include a Hummingbird & Butterfly Island, Sensory Garden, and Wildlife Garden. It is a favorite date spot for Houstonians.
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  • First off, the facility is beautiful and as a homeschool mom, I found it to be very useful for educational purposes. I was excited to bring my kids and even planned to get a membership. Unfortunately....  more »
  • I’m the middle of the Houston hustle and bustle is a beautiful surprise.. an peaceful arboretum. We were here in one of the warmest weekends, which was a challenge. There is an indoor nature center.....  more »
  • The arboretum is one of our favorite places to go with our dog. He loves it so much because there's so much to explore. I love that every time I go, I notice some different kind of plant, or discover a new trail. It's a nice and relaxing place to get away from the busyness of the city without having to drive outside of the city. The nature center is so fun, and a great place for kids to learn. And I love that they have a fun sensory garden where they teach you about different plants either through their scent, look, or taste. It's a great place to spend a short or long amount of time, and there's always something new to discover no matter how many times you go there.
  • FYI: You have to Pay for Parking now as of 8/4/2019 it’s not too expensive at $1.35 an hour. Make sure you get your license plate number before walking to the Parking pay kiosk. There is no admission fee. Great place to visit. Trails in the sun and some deep in the trees. Always keep your eyes and ears peeled for cool critters! Gift shop is priced well too! Always something new in there. You can reserve a birthday party here or take all kinds of nature classes. I will become a member soon!!

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