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River Bend Nature Center

#1 of 28 things to do in Wichita Falls Features Animals
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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Really great for kids

I love bringing my daughter here. Their butterfly pavilion is really cute, they have a nice trail... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nathanael R
via mobile
Stop In, Learn Something New!

Every time I visit, I walk away shaking my head and saying, "I didn't know that!" You should come... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jack B
Wichita Falls, Texas
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Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) is a 20 acre, non-profit environmental education facility. River Bend connects people to their natural environment through educational activities, environmental awareness, and conservation examples. Our most popular attractions are the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Peyton’s Place, the Bryant Edwards Learning Center, the River Bottom Forest Trail, and the United Children’s Garden. Peyton’s Place is filled with flowering plants and hundreds of gorgeous, living butterflies. The Bryant Edwards Learning Center contains over 30 live exhibits, such as turtles, salamanders, insects, and frogs. There is always plenty to see and observe! The Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, 7,000 sq. ft. glass structure. It is home to prairie dogs, fish, turtles, and butterflies, and is landscaped with prairie grasses, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of the Rolling Plains. RBNC has over 17 acres of bottom land forest, trails, gardens, and wetlands. Come on out and see River Bend Nature Center, it is truly a special place to explore and learn.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love bringing my daughter here. Their butterfly pavilion is really cute, they have a nice trail to walk around, different animals in a closed in exhibit, and a learning center for kids. A very nice place.

Thank Nathanael R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Every time I visit, I walk away shaking my head and saying, "I didn't know that!" You should come by and spend some time, whether just a short while or an afternoon, it is so relaxing.

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Price is reasonable. Staff friendly. I went to the Bug Fest the first visit and it was great!! Spider races, bug hunts and displays of bugs, snakes, turtles, etc. Children loved it.

Thank idac120
Reviewed 1 week ago

River Bend has been well established in Wichita Falls for several ears. I t is a great spot for families to visit and even offers a day camp during the summer! Since I live here my grandchildren have all been there at one time r...More

Thank SADIE128
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place to take the kids and learn a lot!! Was super cheep really fun place to go and take kids! They loved it and we loved it and the guides were really great and told you all about the animals and bugs and reptiles...More

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here as a place to stretch our legs on our way to vacation while traveling with our 5 month old and two year old. Nice little trail to hike that's a kilometer, partly paved and partly dirt. It was just right for our adventurous...More

1  Thank meg181
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As part of a trip back for a high school reunion a classmate and I made it a goal to see what the sights were to be seen in Wichita Falls. This place is worth the trip the butterfly room had about 5 different specimens...More

Thank Kenneth D
RBNC, Public Relations Manager at River Bend Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank for your review! Come back and visit us anytime.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Nature Center was well maintained and the staff was very friendly. We absolutely loved the Butterfly Garden area.

Thank Shelly S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

I took my seven-year-old grandson to RiverBend. He really enjoyed seeing the. He really enjoyed seeing the snakes there and got to hold a couple. He also love seeing rocky the Roadrunner, the prairie dogs and the Tortoise. We finally Wonder down to where the...More

Thank lejomial
Reviewed 27 June 2017

There's a lot fitted into a small space here! The inside exhibits are air conditioned, which was good news on the day I visited. I'd have loved to spend more time on the nature trail but- phew - it was just too steamy! Loved the...More

Thank Cowboy_Kev
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16 May 2017|
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Response from lyssa1960 | Reviewed this property |
yes. i think so. the ramp to the wedding area is long but accesible
yves k
3 February 2017|
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Response from RBNC | Property representative |
Hello Yves! There is a lot to see and do in Wichita Falls. We have a handy community calendar which can be found at the Choose Wichita Falls Website, which has plenty of activities for all. As far as RBNC, we will have... More
19 December 2016|
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Response from RBNC | Property representative |
Hello! Yes we are, however we are closed Christmas and New Years day.