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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
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+1 972-562-5566
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...

Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Good hike & interesting exhibits

We enjoyed a 2.5 mile walk/hike, where we saw water snakes and many types of turtles in the marsh (that we walked well above). The indoor exhibits were interesting, from the pre... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bonnie C
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a 2.5 mile walk/hike, where we saw water snakes and many types of turtles in the marsh (that we walked well above). The indoor exhibits were interesting, from the pre historic fossilized animals, to the live species of turtles, snakes, etc. Fun place to spend a few hours time.

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Thank Bonnie C
Wylie, Texas, United States
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218 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family saw various species of animals native to this part of Texas. On the nature walk we got to observe many beautiful birds, opossum, a coyote, and a fox. The gift shop had many native rocks and artifacts.

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Thank William S
Tulsa
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated my granddaughters 4th birthday at the Heard on Saturday. It was a great location for the party with a large room, tables and chairs set up for us. Windows across the back of the room provided a perfect venue for watching hummingbirds feed. One of the docent's was in charge of our group. She brought in two animals to... More 

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Thank BarbieVic
McKinney, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a great place to take visitors or kids. In the fall they have a dinosaur event and really go all out.

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Thank pitmanpastures
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

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

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Thank Maureen C
McKinney, Texas
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83 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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

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Thank Zhorshik
Plano, TX
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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!

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1 Thank JSBlumer
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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1 Thank Rumsey8184
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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!!

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1 Thank Ramseymarie
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 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.

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1 Thank Holly M

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