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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews
We took some friends to the Night with Moths class. This was very informative and fun but ohhhhh so hot!. Part of the class was a walk outside and it was so very hot! Then they set up stations to... more »
Took my grandchildren since they love dinosaurs. The animatronic dinosaurs were outstanding with their movements and sound very realistic. The pathway was easy to negotiate for my walking 2 year old..... more »
This place has a great museum and excellent nature trails. I explored the museum and enjoyed the collection of animals and objects from nature that were presented. I visited the Animals of the World section too. I walked the Bluestem, Wood Duck, and Cedar Brake trails. All 3 trails were great. The portion of the Wood Duck trail that was in the wetland was full of life, and I'd like to return to this trail when the water is a little higher or in another season to observe differences. The Cedar Brake trail was tranquil and unlike any other trail that I've walked in the metro thus far. The sound of the wind through the cedars and the isolation were sublime. The cost of admission was well worth the experience. The Sycamore trail was closed, so I saved the two trails that connect to it for a later date when I can walk all three.
I was a trail guide at the Heard for about 10 years in the 90s and 00s and it is a wonderful place. I still go with my grandkids and visitors. They have periodic, special exhibits and just the plain old vanilla Heard is lots of fun. Well-marked trails (many of them well-shaded for hot Texas summer weather). The museum is small and accessible and there's a small gift shop. Nearby is a science center with occasional events and great classes. Check it out.
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