Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Type: Children's Museums, Classes or Instruction, Day Trips, Gardens, Great Views, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Reserves, Science Museums, Sightseeing, Water Sports
For those looking for the ultimate urban escape, this scenic wildlife sanctuary and natural science museum will definitely hit the mark. Set on 289-acres in McKinney Texas (around 30 miles north of... Read More
For those looking for the ultimate urban escape, this scenic wildlife sanctuary and natural science museum will definitely hit the mark. Set on 289-acres in McKinney Texas (around 30 miles north of downtown Dallas), the Heard boasts 6.5 miles of nature trails, a two-acre native plant garden and live animal exhibits as well as a replica 1800s prairie settlement, complete with eight playhouse scale buildings. There's also an indoor education center filled with interactive exhibits featuring everything from venomous snakes to a children's fossil dig. Keep an eye pointed toward the sky, this place is an Audubon Society designated birding area.
- Outdoor Activities: "COVID-19 safety protocols include face masks that cover the nose and mouth for all visitors and employees when they are in an area that involves close proximity to other visitors. general admission may be purchased online in advance."
- Family-Friendly Museums: "The Heard presents year-round events, including night hikes, nature talks, astronomy presentations and guided canoe excursions around the Heard wetlands. Check the website schedule for more information."