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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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Dinosaur Fun

Our favorite time to visit this museum is when the animatronic dinosaurs are visiting (September... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas
Lions, Tigers, oh, not Really; But Foxes Butterfly and Owls

We waked on about 3 miles of the Sanctuary's 5 miles of hiking trails. We saw the Prairie... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amarillo, Texas
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Funny entrance due to new developments that have acquired and built along the primary road on the way to Heard's entrance. There are almost 300 acres at the sanctuary. Very informative lady at the desk upon entry. We reviewed the map and offerings and since...More

Thank nitewowl
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Heard museum has things for families with small children through adult history buffs. We just missed the robotic dinosaurs which are only there from September-February, so that was very disappointing. This was a family outing with two of our young grandchildren. They really enjoyed walking...More

Thank traveler75071
Reviewed 27 May 2017

My wife, adult son, and I spent two to three hours walking around this wildlife sanctuary and observed snakes, lots of birds, frogs, turtles, etc. We especially enjoyed the trails around the lake.

Thank Tracy M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We enjoyed a 2.5 mile walk/hike, where we saw water snakes and many types of turtles in the marsh (that we walked well above). The indoor exhibits were interesting, from the pre historic fossilized animals, to the live species of turtles, snakes, etc. Fun place...More

Thank Bonnie C
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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