We love exploring new things to do with kids in Houston and this past weekend we took Atlas to The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Visiting the arboretum has been on our list of things to do and we are so glad we finally planned a trip. We had so much fun with Atlas and today I am sharing 5 reasons to visit The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.
1. Learning Opportunities for Kids- As parents we love finding things to do in Houston that have learning opportunities for our son Atlas and the Houston Arboretum is full of learning activities for kids. Upon arriving to the Houston arboretum there is a discovery center directly to the right of the entrance for kids and families to spend time learning about habitats, plants and wildlife. There are some really fun activities including a scavenger hunt at the Learning Tree which promotes education about animals needing different parts of a tree to survive. There are also microscopes, a leaf rubbing station and a variety of education games, books and toys. We spent about an hour in the discovery center learning about creatures and animals that live in the woods and we definitely recommend you spent some time here.
2. Family Friendly Environment- Sometimes I feel like it is difficult to find things to do with kids in Houston but The Houston Arboretum is a venue that has something for all ages. You can find children's activities, family programs and adult programs at The Arboretum and all of them seem so interesting. I particularly want to take the Food and Wine class with my husband as I think this would be a really fun date night idea. I really appreciate this and look forward to spending more time at The Arboretum.
3. Hiking the Nature Trails- The nature trails are so beautiful at the Houston Arboretum and I greatly enjoyed taking some photos of our little hike. The trails are very well maintained and you could easily push a stroller through the trails if you have little ones. We did the inner loop trail which was only about 1.5 miles long, perfect for a little afternoon stroll. They have longer distance trails if you are interested in doing a longer hike! I do recommend bringing bug spray. We came completely unprepared with zero bug spray and as soon as we walked outside the arboretum entrance we were immediately swarmed by mosquitoes. I have lived in Texas all my life and I have never seen that many mosquitoes in one setting. I could literally see dozens of mosquitoes swarming around my husband's head and it gave me the willies. Luckily the arboretum is very nice to keep a full set of mosquito spray for you in case you forget to bring bug spray, but if you prefer a specific bug spray for your little ones I would definitely be prepared to bring your own.
4. Events & Kids Activities- We found out that The Arboretum has many events coming this Fall which my husband and I are really excited about. I'm most looking forward to bird watching at Early Bird Brunch on Oct 15th, the ArbOOretum for Halloween trick-or-treating and the Trees and Stars Winter Celebration. You are able to purchase tickets to the Houston Arboretum's Events as a member or a non-member. Tickets for members are discounted and you can become a member here. There are also a ton of activities for kids including Tyke Hikes and Tadpole Troopers which I think is so cute. You can see a full list of kids activities here.
5. Budget Friendly & A Non-Profit Organization- As I mentioned before, visiting The Nature Center and the nature trails is free so it is a budget friendly option for families in Texas. As the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a private non-profit organization I definitely recommend showing your support for The Arboretum in some sort of fashion. To help support the maintenance of the Arboretum you can either become a member, attend an event , volunteer or contribute online.
I hope you and your little ones get a chance to visit The Arboretum and Nature Center soon and I hope these tips help you make the best of your trip. Check out our photos below of the Nature Center and the trails.
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That concludes our 5 tips for visiting The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, but no matter what you do I'm sure you will love the Arboretum. It is too beautiful not too! There is something about being outside in nature that makes me feel good, even in the hot and humid Texas weather. Let us know if you have ever been to The Houston Arboretum in our comments section below, we would love to hear from you.
On a different note, there are a couple new pieces I have added to my wardrobe recently that I am really excited about for Fall including my denim jacket from Old Navy and my Jord wood watch in Fieldcrest Green Sandlewood. I have also been pulling out my Jessica Simpson booties I bought last year and I am loving these fringe ones for this fall. I will be talking about Jord watches more in an upcoming blog post and I hope you stay tuned. Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading.