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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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Very interesting place to visit to learn about how the prairies around McKinney were before all the people got here!

We had had some experience hearing coyotes calling out at night. The employee at the desk had a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Evan W
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McKinney, Texas
trials are good to spend a few hours

trials are good to spend a few hours , they have little cottages for the kids to play, the view is... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
JLRendon
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Midlothian, Texas
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“live animals” (8 reviews)
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
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+1 972-562-5566
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"butterfly garden"
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"gift shop"
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"live animals"
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"pioneer village"
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"walking trails"
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"animated dinosaurs"
in 4 reviews
"native plants"
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"on display"
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"dinosaur bones"
in 4 reviews
"grandkids love"
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"indoor exhibits"
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"educational programs"
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"family outing"
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"field trip"
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"great trails"
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"outdoor experience"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had had some experience hearing coyotes calling out at night. The employee at the desk had a group of coyote calls that she shared with us so we could learn what the calls meant. The grounds were also interesting with lots of turtles playing...More

1  Thank Evan W
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

trials are good to spend a few hours , they have little cottages for the kids to play, the view is wonderful on the wetlands and prairies not too much a museum it is small

Thank JLRendon
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Small museum with some interesting displays. Nothing outstanding. Lost raptors and birds some years ago; big disappointment lingers. Enjoyed our walk and escape from the big city on our way to Hutchins BBQ.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Great trails and wildlife, great birding, wonderful educational programs, pretty good giftshop esp for kids. Really nice place to wander alone and reconnect with nature, less people to bump into during weekdays rather than the week end. They also have night walks for birding. Come...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

I came here as a Chaperone on my son's class field trip. As 5+ year members of the Heard, I was excited to go. It was one of our most favorite places to do father-son activities. The field trip programming was interesting and informative. The...More

2  Thank So_It_Goes_16
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

The Heard is on the smaller scale as museums and parks go. That said it is a very nice way to spend a half day. The museum has interesting displays that range from rocks/geology to sea life and mammals. There is an animal area with...More

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

There are so many different ways to experience the Heard! I have seen the dinosaurs, held workshops here, walked the trails, and enjoyed the exhibits. They feature different exhibits and shows -- including a native plants sale in the spring. The folks there are helpful...More

1  Thank Cathy W
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

on a sunny January day to see the Dinosaur exhibit and it was a great way to spend several hours and spend some energy. The way the exhibit was set up the kids could run ahead and still be in clear view of slower grandparents....More

2  Thank Bettina L
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

We needed to get outside on a beautiful winter day and decided on a visit to the Heard Natural Science Museum. Our first stop was at the visitor center to get tickets and a map. The fee of $50.00 was reasonable for four adults and...More

1  Thank Hollis P
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

When the traveling dinosaur exhibits takes a break they do so here! This is where they come for vacation and repairs. You walk a nature trail where the dinosaurs are positioned in a natural setting. Very fun for children and adults!

1  Thank Gina P
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Fran C
9 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
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janette103
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
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