Armand Bayou Nature Center, Pasadena

#29 of 103 in Wildlife in Texas Gulf Coast
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Armand Bayou Nature Center is an urban preserve located in Pasadena and southeast Houston between the Johnson Space Center and the Bayport Industrial District. The 2,500-acre (10 km2) nature center is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States.
The nature center is home to more than 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Over 220 species of birds reside or rely on the center as a safe resting-place on their migratory journeys. White-tailed Deer, Red-shouldered Hawk, Opossum, Crow, Armadillo, Coyote, Raccoon, American Alligator, Tricolored Heron and the rare Purple Martin can be found at the center and surrounding areas throughout the year.
Armand Bayou Nature Center lies along the Central Flyway, the largest migratory bird route in North America. The center is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and one of the coastal preserves designated under the Texas Coastal Preserve Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
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  • Really enjoyable electric (quiet) boat trip deep into the narrow upper reaches of Armand Bayou. Early on a Saturday morning before the heat set in we saw ibis, herons, a Mississippi kite (raptor...  more »
  • Excellent pontoon trip on Armond and Horsepen Bayous. Knowledgeable volunteer guide provided commentary and identified birds and mammals. Many American alligators including juveniles. Pontoon is...  more »
  • Hidden gem. Nice trails for all ages. Take the kids here for a nice work and scenery. Bring a lunch or snack as the center offers many good picnic areas with scenic views.
  • Three walking trails and a main toure. You can see a lot of wild life: alligators, cardinals, rabbits and snakes to name a few. My favorite was the farmhouse. This house was built in 1895 and is equipped with all house appliances and furniture that was used at the time. My 5-year old daughter saw an old typewriter and said that was their way of texting 😄. They had a section for reptiles where you can see five different types of snakes. I took a picture of a spider that was eating a dragonfly. A great place for families and school field trips.

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