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Austin Nature & Science Center

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Address: 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746
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+1 512-974-3888
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Kid-friendly nature center featuring a live beehive and a small zoo.

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Wonders of nature all around

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 February 2016
James S
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Bastrop, Texas
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Bastrop, Texas
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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186 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 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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1 Thank Sonal G
Ridgewood, NJ
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603 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

The science center is located in Zilker Park area and has a few signs to help find it. We decided to pay an early morning visit during the Christmas holidays. When we arrived at 9 AM, there was only one other family there. Upon our departure almost 2 hours later, there were maybe 5 families, so it can be quite... More 

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2 Thank NJTravellingfool
McAlester, Oklahoma
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

There are several different activities for kids to do here and a lot to learn. They have several different areas for the kids to learn and play. They can explore different animal bones and different types of nature. They have several different animals to look at and learn about. They have a huge sandpit that the kids can play in... More 

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2 Thank James B
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

This place is an awesome find! If you use a GPS to get to the center you will have to park under the bridge and take the path up the side of the hill. The nature center is well maintained and full of hands on activities for the kiddos and kiddos at heart. The nature center has a small animal... More 

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4 Thank Robert N
Austin, Texas
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

This was part of a school field trip so we were able to access part of guided tours that I'm not sure are available to everyone. It would be a short visit without the extra attention. The dinosaur dig has some really big 'fossils' to dig up. The kids really enjoyed this part. They had to really dig to find... More 

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2 Thank NatalieTanner
San Antonio, Texas
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890 reviews
511 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

I had an hour to spend while my hotel room was being cleaned so I popped over to the nature center. The animals on display are rescued and have signs stating their situation. It is great to get to know the animals and how/why they are there. The visitor center had many educational things inside. It is a nice little... More 

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2 Thank pnkgirl27
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Our 2 loved it here but as an adult I felt it needed a whole lot more money and time dedicated to it. The inside centre was worn with broken items. The dig for fossels in the dino dig area would benefit from someone around tidying things up when quiet. It is free to visit but I think to make... More 

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3 Thank Carol L
Austin, TX
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325 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

We enjoyed this attraction, it is free, there are some interesting animals, especially the birds and the bobcat, and there is a relaxing pond and a visitor's center with AC when it's hot. I'd recommend this mainly for kids or for something free to do. My only beef was that the hiking trails were closed Sunday and it said it... More 

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