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Austin Nature and Science Center

Austin, TX

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Address: 301 Nature Center Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA Number: 512-974-3888 Website How do we get there?

What is there to do?

There are SO many things to do in the great city of Austin, but did you know once of those was to actually just spend time in the beauty of nature?

Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world, and is a great place for kids to get out into the sun, explore, discover, learn, and play!

Since 1960, Austin Nature & Science Center has been home to nature exhibits, education programs, and recreation resources for countless visitors, teachers, and children of all ages - and now YOU can be part of the fun!

Why not start with the permanent self-guided Forest Trail experience, where you can take your time exploring the native trees, each with it's own artistic signage so you can learn all about what you are seeing.

When you stop 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 specimens AND add to your own collection through the Naturalist Workshop and Trade Counter.

Did you know that research shows that kids who learn and play in nature perform better in school, are happier AND healthier?

So stop on by and help them celebrate natural wonders of Austin!

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They love pups and kitties as much as anyone can, but they are not permitted on preserve land or near their enclosed resident wildlife.

I'm Hungry!


Take a picnic and enjoy your lunch in the grounds of Zilker Park! There are also plenty of places to grab something to eat in the area

Healthy Eating Make sure you take water, and it's often a good idea to take healthy snacks for the little ones

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Where is it at?


PUBLIC PARKING and SITE ENTRY: 2389 Stratford Drive Austin, TX 78746

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For organized groups wanting an On-Your-Own Tour, there is a $1.00 per person fee and these tours may be scheduled with Visitor Services at (512) 974-3888. Camps, most educational programs, adventure experiences, etc. are fee based, require registration, and are scheduled.

Need a little extra help?


Handicapped parking spaces are located near their main site entrance off of 2389 Stratford Drive and connect to the ADA compliant entry sidewalk.

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When can we go?

9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday (Zilker Nature Reserve open dawn to dusk)

Open year round

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