Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney

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Founded in 1967, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney, Texas, United States. With a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary, five miles of hiking trails, about fifty acres of wetlands, a two-acre native plant garden, a butterfly house, live animals, indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Heard welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually. The Heard is one of the most important attractions in the City of McKinney.
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  • This was a very good experience. It was nice outside and cloudy. This made the walk pleasent. The dino's were so real for our son. He loves them on tv, but he was shocked when he got up close and...  more »
  • I cannot stress this enough. . . This is an absolute must! My husband and I took our three year old daughter here during the dinosaur exhibit and every single one of us had an absolute blast. This is....  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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