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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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Walk the Hills of the Hill Country

There are really a couple of things going on here. One: The Austin Nature and Science Center is a beautiful and well done center. There are good exhibit and touch rooms, and there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Orad O
Schleswig, Germany
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Schleswig, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are really a couple of things going on here. One: The Austin Nature and Science Center is a beautiful and well done center. There are good exhibit and touch rooms, and there are several exhibits of live animals from the region, owls, cats, porcupines. It is really cool. Second, as you weary of this you can then explore the... More 

1 Thank Orad O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice paved path through the woods leading to the center containing hands on nature exhibits. Young school children will really enjoy digging in the Dino pit. Caged rescue mammals, birds, and reptiles to look at. A very nice outing for all ages. Stroller routes through the park are available. No admission fee but they do have a place to make... More 

Thank Carol H
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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AustinParks, Social media/marketing at Austin Nature & Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to the Austin Nature & Science Center and for your positive review. We continually work to improve our site and offerings. More 

Caylus, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 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!

Thank MrHard2Please
Austin, Texas
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58 reviews
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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 

Thank Xochtil69
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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.

Thank Melissa A
AustinParks, Tech at Austin Nature & Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review, Melissa. More 

Austin, Texas
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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 

Thank TomTX2000
College Station, Texas
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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.

Thank Gabriela F
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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 

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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