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The Austin Nature and Science Center Austin

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The Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive
Austin
TX
78746
Tel: 512 327 8181

Directions

The Austin Nature and Science Center located directly off Stratford Drive within the Zilker Park area. From MOPAC (Loop 1) Take the 2244/Rollingwood exit and go east on Barton Springs Road. Take a left on Stratford Drive (immediately east of the Zilker Botanical Gardens). Follow Stratford to the parking area under the MOPAC bridge, just by the Hike and Bike Trail. Our entrance is just across the road from the parking lot. From IH-35 Head west on Riverside Drive. Turn left at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road. Continue on Barton Springs Road about 1.5 miles past Lamar Blvd, then turn right on Stratford Drive (immediately east of the Zilker Botanical Gardens). Follow Stratford to the parking area under the MOPAC bridge, just by the Hike and Bike Trail. Our entrance is just across the road from the parking lot.

Where are we going today?

Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs, and recreation resources for countless visitors, teachers, and children of all ages. When you come by for a visit you will be able to meet a coyote and red-tailed hawk in our Wildlife Exhibits. You can follow the path of Texas fossil hunters and un-cover evidence of pre-historic life in the Dino Pit. You can explore natural science specimans and add to your own collection through the Naturalist Workshop and Trade Counter. Come on by and help us celebrate natural wonders of Austin!
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    Very nice and educational park for the kiddos. Plenty of free parking and entrance fee was by monetary donation. A very nice and extensive trail.

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    Tucked under the bridge near Zilker Park, the center is a wonderful way to spend a few hours walking and enjoying nature. The animals here are typically rescue animals and mostly birds. The pond is beautiful and the dinosaur sand pits the kids will love. Most weekdays, there will be school kids touring and learning about the animals.

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    It was a good experience there, but I went there in the summer, so it was HOT.

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    Our kids routinely do classes here. The volunteer staff are excellent. The kids have a great time. It's very educational every time, and the facilities are great.

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    Awesome place!

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