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.A visit to Houston Arboretum & Nature Center represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Houston trip planner to plot your vacation.
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.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center reviews
While visiting family in Houston, it was a short drive to the Nature Center. The cold spell this last week turned a lot of the park brown but the trails were so nice to walk through on such a nice... more »
Had a nice walk around the Houston Arboretum today. It’s been years since I’ve been. Nicely organized. Entrance off Woodway. Restrooms at the Nature Center building. Nice winding boardwalks over.... 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!!
Plan your trip to Houston
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Houston
Side trips from Houston
Museums in Houston
Kid-friendly things to do in Houston
Hidden gems in Houston
Trips to Houston Arboretum & Nature Center by other users
8 days in Texas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Houston Galveston South Padre Island 60 days in Houston & Waco BY A USER FROM GERMANY Houston Waco 27 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Hermann Park's Japanese Garden Hermann Park Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 44 days in Madison & Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Madison Houston 49 days in Tallahassee & Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Tallahassee Houston 60 days in Houston BY A USER FROM VENEZUELA Houston Museum District The Houston Museum of Natural Science Hermann Park's Japanese Garden