Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin

4.6
#17 of 20 in Parks in Austin
Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center has provided hands-on nature exhibits, education programs and recreation activities for countless visitors, teachers and children of all ages that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the ANSC is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.

The Austin Nature & Science Center offers many programs for preschoolers, kids, families and adults with topics ranging from butterflies to caving and much more.
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  • August 25, 2017
    Now this is a place that you cannot miss while your in Austin. The teenagers along with myself LOVED this place. We spent all day there just looking and exploring. Very pretty, relaxing and entertaini...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    We took our daughter here on a recent visit to Austin and loved it. She enjoyed the exhibits and we loved the natural surroundings to stimulate her mind. Highly recommend!  more »
  • April 25, 2017
    This place is awesome. Took my 3 and 6 year old. They loved it. Many interesting things to see. Have some rescued animals also. Many trails to walk with beautiful scenery. Plus it's FREE!!!  more »
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  • January 30, 2017
    Local serene nature gem south of downtown! Great for toddlers and preschoolers. Many local elementary schools tour during the week. Points of interest are the visitor center with a small cave, carbon atoms, and other natural artifacts one can experience hands-on, small wonders building has native Texan animals such as a Texas rat snake or tarantulas, birds of prey area has various owls, hawks, and vultures. Walk around the pond to the Dino pit where children can uncover Dino bone replicas. Last but not least, there are about 10-15 caged animals which have been injured and can an not return to the wild and include a gray fox, prairie dog, Bob cat, Cara cara, Raven, mallard ducks, raccoon, and porcupine. Can easily stay for a 2 hour stint.
  • May 16, 2017
    Nice place, great hidden gem in the trails. Challenging for children due to several steep and slippery parts but worthwhile to explore!
  • June 17, 2017
    Great day out for the kids to learn and play. Huge dinosaur discovery sand pit.
  • February 19, 2017
    My family went for the very first time, and we are beyond impressed! We had such a great time. Beautiful landscape, amazing exhibits. We will definitely be back!
  • June 21, 2017
    Fun for kids. I wish the animals had bigger cadges.

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