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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Make the time to go!

Get out of the house/apt/whatever...take a nice fairly flat walk around the grounds. From a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
The Colony, Texas
Great Place!

Enjoyed the Dinosaurs very much - really did a wonderful job spacing these out. All outside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debbie A
Mustang, OK, United States
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Get out of the house/apt/whatever...take a nice fairly flat walk around the grounds. From a butterfly enclosure -- a few zoo type exhibits.....dinosaurs...and overall nice "thru the woods" type afternoon or day. You can not go wrong. Seasonal settings.

Thank skystryd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the Dinosaurs very much - really did a wonderful job spacing these out. All outside activities but really good museum.

Thank Debbie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

my grandson describes it best as a museum outside. there are trails to hike, a butterfly garden, a little pioneer village for the kids to play and the big attraction are the life size dinosaurs. they move, even their eyes, and they roar, you cannot...More

Thank nataliea915
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dinosaur exhibit is fantastic! Great walking trails, shaded and on the lake! Our grandkids love the indoor exhibits also. Easy to navigate, definitely a repeater.

Thank Bettybabe
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Our favorite time to visit this museum is when the animatronic dinosaurs are visiting (September - February). The dinosaurs are well-placed in the natural settings along a gravel trail (wagons/jogging strollers work best). They move and make sounds. Very neat for younger children. There are...More

1  Thank wendyquest
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We waked on about 3 miles of the Sanctuary's 5 miles of hiking trails. We saw the Prairie grounds area being allowed the return to a natural state. Inside the museum there were displays of snakes, rocks and gems, fossils, sea shells. Outside, there was...More

Thank TxWaccamaw
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Go to the Heard and explore 5.5 miles of trails thru a highland forested area, a Lowland hardwood forest, a wetland, or restored Prairies. See wildflowers, native tall grasses, a Slough, native and migratory birds and waterfowl, and other native creatures. Or visit the Butterfly...More

Thank Haydmahn
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Had a wonderful experience hiking the trails of the Heard Wildlife Center. Great place to take kids and explore. We saw a doe and her fawn, just yards from us.

1  Thank KGB-4572
Reviewed 8 August 2017

There are several trails in varying lengths. It's a place you can go again and again to spend time in nature

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This was a last minute "what shall we do this morning?" decision with my boys ages 6 and 10. For me the website (on my phone) did not do justice to what we ended up experiencing but I'm ok with that as we were pleasantly...More

Thank CEEQ2014
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Fran C
8 February 2015|
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Response from kuchenesser | Reviewed this property |
Hi! It's too bad the dinosaurs won't be there after Feb. 15, then I would have recommended the trail where the dinosaurs are places for sure, without them, it's a nice place to hike, not hilly, and there is a spot with... More
29 January 2015|
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Response from stephaniejennings | Property representative |
Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover... More