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Austin Nature and Science Center

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Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive
AustinTX 78746
(512) 974-3888

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes

Features: Handicap Accessible, Restrooms, Changing Tables

Austin Nature and Science Center is located on the western edge of Zilker Park right by Barton Springs and the Zilker Zephyr. Since 1960, the Austin Nature and Science Center has been dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. They provide hands-on exhibits and activities for adults and children of all ages. Visit the resident wildlife, dig up fossils in the dino pit, trade natural treasures at the Naturalist Workshop and Trade Center and so much more. Austin Nature and Science also offers:


  • a preschool
  • spring, summer, school holiday and winter camps 
  • volunteer oppurtunities



Hours of Operation: 


  • 9am-5pm 


  • 12pm-5pm 


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  • 5

Reviewed on 07/08/2013

My family loves the ANSC. During the summer we like to go early in the morning before the heat sets in. After we explore all the animal exhibits; fish, reptiles, mammals, birds and more (most of which are rescued & cannot survive in the wild), we head over to the giant sand pit where kids can dig up dinosaur bones. Finally, a trip to the nature center wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Naturalist Workshop where the kids can get an up close view of nature through magnifying glasses and microscopes. Certain days of the week they even let kids bring a favorite natural treasure and trade it for a new one at the trade counter. Not only is the Austin Nature & Science Center fun and educational, it's free! It's a great way to spend a day with the family....more

Austin Nature and Science Center


  • 5

Reviewed on 02/09/2013

Amazing place! We went for a school field trip and can't wait to go back with the family!

Austin Nature and Science Center