Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin, Texas

301 Nature Center Dr, Austin, Texas

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Submitted by: Elizabeth C.

Oh free kiddo places in Austin, I love you so. I love taking my little guy to places that are hands on where he can learn about nature and science, so um obviously, the nature and science center were a win for us. It is FREE for one (yay!) and it's so much nicer than I expected for a free kids venue! Part of what they do is rescue animals and take care of them. There are many hawks, owls and other birds. A few reptiles and a couple other animals, like Conan the bobcat. My son was amazed by the bees that were flying to and fro their plexiglass hive inside the entrance. There are lots of shaded trails to walk, gazebos, a pretty nice man made pond and stream to plunk rocks in, but the shining star for my little...

Submitted by: Susan B.

This place gets five stars because it's educational, entertaining and FREE (donations welcome)!   Kids and adults, alike, will enjoy this place.  There's so much to do here - from the science workshop to the giant dino pit to the rescued wildlife exhibits (coyote, bobcat, coati, raccoon, birds, snakes, etc) - not to mention the beautiful trails and ponds that connect it all together.   The three year old couldn't get enough of watching the bees "dancing" and flying in and out of the glass-encased bee hive in the main building.   It's central location couldn't be better.  This really is the perfect place for the family to go on the weekend.  Hit up the Austin Nature & Science Center in the morning, head over ...

Submitted by: L S.

We took our kids here (4 and 6) on our recent visit to Austin and had a GREAT time. The hands on nature workshop was really interesting to the kids and a great relief from the hot summer weather. My o...

Submitted by: Harper L.

I love taking my daughter here. So nice that it's by donation. We always have ...

Submitted by: Brandon S.

Incredible resource. If you have young kids, take them to the Nature & Science Center NOW! There's a bobcat, coyote, and several other mammals in pens, another house with creepy crawly things, and an area with birds of prey in cages...

Submitted by: Ryan J.

Free?  I paid $4 to attend as a parent volunteer today, guess I'm a schmuck. Kids loved it an...

Submitted by: Rachael E.

My kids throughly enjoyed playing in the dirt and digging for dinos! This is a gre...

Submitted by: Amy F.

If you have young kids and haven't been here you should go now while the weather is not too hot. Not sure how this place is FREE. I guess I'm paying it with taxes...

Submitted by: Hoa N.

Free free free. Well, the animals aren't free. They are rescued injured wild animals that have been given a second chance, fixed up and kept because they can't be released. Some have the saddest stories, like poor sweet Bubba the Red Tail Hawk who was taken from his nest by humans who broke his wings in an effort to keep him tame. :( Lucky unlucky animals. You can visit them in this sweet swath of nature, a preserve and nature center with hands-on exhibits, ponds and paths, many animals, a dino dig. This is kid heaven --also parent heaven if you love connecting to the nature. Indoors: In one area there's an interactive section where you can examine local findings. Microscopes, scales, specimens, It is often ...

Submitted by: Jennifer H.

Free place to tire out little kiddos.....  This is it, so it gets 4 stars from me.  The only reason I am taking away one star is due to the fact that there isn't really alot for young kids to do inside which is no fun during the hot summer months. However, once it...

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