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Austin Nature & Science Center, Austin

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Wildlife Area
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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  • Took my kids (3 and 6 yr) for a morning walk trough the nature center on a sunny day. The indoor facility with few science rooms can keep kids occupied for 20-30 min while the amazing dinopit kept the...  more »
  • Wish we could have stayed longer here. My kids had a blast the animals are really cool to look at. Water part was my kids favorite and just being able to go at your own pace was really nice we really ...  more »
  • Took my son and granddaughter to enjoy some quality time together and this place was awesome. Great exhibits for children in the center where they can handle bones of animals, see a real beehive and l...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great place to explore and take the little ones as well for a educational experience. A fun place for even adults to go to as well. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Can't wait to go back!
  • Cool place to bring the little one to learn and enjoy. They have some birds of prey, owls, and even a bobcat in enclosures along with some other animals (alive and here because they were injured in some way and wouldn't survive in the wild). Though the stuffed black bear was probably the favorite...
  • Fun place to take my 1 year old! They have a great collection of exotic predatory birds. If you're expecting a zoo, you'd be disappointed though.