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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hidden gem

Hidden gem of McKinney. Both inside and outside display of local animals. Nature trails throughout... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
via mobile
Do bring the kids

Fantastic place inside and out Plenty of wildlife to see in tanks (like local snakes) Take a... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
McKinney, Texas
via mobile
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Hidden gem of McKinney. Both inside and outside display of local animals. Nature trails throughout the property

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank 431maureenc
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place inside and out Plenty of wildlife to see in tanks (like local snakes) Take a nature walk or just sit on outside deck and enjoy yourself

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Zhorshik
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We visited during the dinosaur exhibit. Well laid out. Kept my 3 years old's attention. Staff is attentive. Lots to see and do. We will be back!

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank JSBlumer
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

They always have an adventure for the families. It has walking trails. They are a little bumpy. I am a retired teacher and it was on our list of field trips. My students always enjoyed our visits.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Rumsey8184
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went here with my family and two grandsons and we had a blast. My 3 year old grandson who is a dinosaur lover had the greatest time. He's ready to go back!!

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Ramseymarie
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a great place to just be outdoors. They have miles of walking trails, a kids play village and lots of cool exhibits for the family.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Holly M
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

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank CDHJ2015
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

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank BoldlyGoWhereNoMan
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

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank Vesta S
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.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank butler68
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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
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