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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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Excellent Attractions, Awesome Dinosaurs

The Dinosaur exhibit was fantastic. Life sized Dinosaurs coming to life, great photo ops for the... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2017
CDHJ2015
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Bedford, Texas
Nice oasis

Take the kids and get outdoors. There are some nature displays with some animals and reptiles to... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
BoldlyGoWhereNoMan
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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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"
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"native plants"
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"on display"
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"dinosaur bones"
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"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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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Dinosaur exhibit was fantastic. Life sized Dinosaurs coming to life, great photo ops for the family. All set up on a hiking trail. It was lots of fun. They have a mini zoo that several interesting animals and a small western town replica for...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Take the kids and get outdoors. There are some nature displays with some animals and reptiles to gawk at that are very interesting. There are well groomed easy paths to walk around in a variety of distances. There's a little mock village for the little...More

1  Thank BoldlyGoWhereNoMan
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

We have bought membership for $80, just minutes later I fount out that there is a groupon for $40. When I asked sales ladies they were not nice about it. I'd rather donate money and do it willingly. Staff handle the situation very poorly, I...More

2  Thank Vesta S
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We have 3 small boys and they enjoy going here. Also went for a birthday party one time. Good fun and good environment.

1  Thank butler68
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

For parents and grandparents, the Heard Museum is a wonderful place to take the kids. There are year-round family activities, including summer camps and special events like the Dinosaur Exhibit every fall. The Heard has a wonderful Natural Science Museum that is well-arranged, educational, and...More

1  Thank T. P
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Our grandkids LOVED it. They are 3 and 5. It was so realistic for them with the animatronics. Lovely walking paths also with a mix of sun and shade. We will be back for sure!

1  Thank Bettybabe
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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Loved this museum and wildlife sanctuary. We went during the dinosaur exhibit and it was great. The dinosaurs are lined along a gravel path (need a heavy duty stroller to navigate the trails, DO NOT bring a stroller with small wheels, there are tons of...More

Thank mrkhirallah
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

The museum is a good size, not so big the kids will lose interest. The annual dinosaur exhibit is popular with the kids, but creates a lot of noisy foot traffic that takes away from the normal outdoor experience. Lots of wildlife call the refuge...More

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Took our Grandson to see the Dinosaur Exhibit at Heard Museum. It was outdoors along the nature trials. They had lots of signs to watch out for poison ivy, but I think that was to keep you on the trials. They also have some animals...More

1  Thank Kent M
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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2016

Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit. Regarding the poison ivy signs, the Heard, off the trails, has a great deal of poison ivy as well as poison oak and even some poison sumac--perhaps more this year than I've...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

The grounds are clean and the guides are friendly. Great hiking trails. The weather in the area is normally very nice. Lots of shade to stay cool. August is pretty hot but the rest of the year is great!

Thank Jeri H
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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2016

Thank you for the kind review. Yes, August in Texas isn't my favorite either! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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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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