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Austin Nature & Science Center

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Address: 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Phone Number: +1 512-974-3888
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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Grandkids loved it.

We took our two grandkids, ages 7 & 9 and they loved it. The indoor exhibits were well thought out and easy to access, with lots of hands-on experiences for families. Outdoors, we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
MyZiggyMan
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took our two grandkids, ages 7 & 9 and they loved it. The indoor exhibits were well thought out and easy to access, with lots of hands-on experiences for families. Outdoors, we enjoyed a walk through the grounds chasing butterflies. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon when the weather's nice.

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Caylus, France
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137 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. lots to see and learn. very hands on. small enough to do in an hour, but 2 hours if you want to see everything. nice trail for older children. And it's free!

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Thank MrHard2Please
Austin, Texas
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Throughout the years I've always tried to take my niece and nephews at different times not often just depending on the season or maybe once a year eat when taking a turn. This location offers a good variety and sometimes the exhibits may be similar but there's always something new to learn some new thing that wasn't noticed before there... More 

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Thank Xochtil69
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Nice place to explore nature and do some learning at the same time. The staff was friendly and helpful. The animals were interesting to see. They accept donations since there is no entry fee. It was a great way to spend the morning. We then went out for lunch afterward, no good on grounds.

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Austin, Texas
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Had a great time at the nature and science center with our toddler - during the summer, be sure to show up when they open @ 9AM, as many activities are outdoors. Fair number of interesting rescued wild animals with good informational signs, dinosaur digging area, creek. There is access to local minimally improved trails (including down to the dry... More 

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College Station, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Cute place to visit while you are on your bike ride. People are very nice and place is really cute. We learned a lot about honey bees. Kids can dig dinosaur for dinosaur bones and look at rescue animals. enclosures are well equiped with lots of activities, toys, etc.

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Thank Gabriela F
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Park under the highway and walk across to the trail. It will lead you to the center. This is a small place, but has a Dino dig and little indoor playground. Bring something from nature (leaves, rock, bug) and they will tell you all about it. Kids can accumulate points with things they bring in and trade it for something... More 

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Thank Jennifer P
Bastrop, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Nestled in beautiful wooded setting, the Nature Center is a marvelous place for a fun and educational experience. Among numerous things to do: Watch bees in a transparent hive, see rescued & rehabilitated wildlife in protective habitats, dig for fossils, learn about plants & animals up close, enjoy scenic views, attend nature classes, have a picnic or birthday party, walk... More 

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Thank James S
Beach Lake, PA
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166 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

While the center is aimed at 4 to 8 year olds, it appeals to older kids and adults as well. We are retirees and spent a couple of hours watching the rescued birds of prey and rescued land animals.

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Thank 551melm
Austin, Texas
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

We went there last weekend, good place for young kids. Free entry. You can give dnations if you like. My 2 year old daughter enjoyed seeing animals like vulture, hawk, owl, fox, mouse, fishes etc... Walking trail is good too. Dino pit is nice area for kids to enjoy. Perfect afternoon activity for kids.

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