Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Experience Houston’s oft-forgotten natural side at the Arboretum and Nature Center (4501 Woody Dr., 713/681-8433, www.houstonarboretum.org, trails and grounds open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. daily, Discovery Room open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sun., free). Located on the west side of near-downtown Memorial Park, the 155-acre nature sanctuary is a green oasis in a city known for its sprawling concrete.
Native plants and animals are the focal point, with interactive exhibits and activities educating residents and visitors about the importance of not paving over everything. The park area is beautifully landscaped, and kids will love the Discovery Room’s pondering pond and learning tree. Stroll the five miles of trails, hear the sweet sounds of birds, and get a glimpse of Houston’s version of the natural world.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition