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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a dog-friendly, 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of walking trails that wind through forest, meadow and wetland habitats. Please abide by all city ordinances including controlling your dog on the leash at all times and cleaning up after your pet while visiting the Arboretum. Dogs must be kept on the trails (no swimming in the ponds). Dogs are allowed in the building lobby – tiled areas only. Take a self-guided Habitat Hike - Each hike passes one of the educational Field Stations and features some of their Naturalist’s favorite stops like ponds teaming with wildlife, trees with interesting stories, insect houses, and other fun points of interest. Visit Website

Or call (713) 681-8433 or email arbor@houstonarboretum.org for more information.


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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 243 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Jose
    Nov. 18, 2021
    Great for a stroll

    Awesome spot to take the pup out for a walk. Numerous trails with plenty of shade and benches to take a breather; be sure to bring water though. Also, parking is free on Thursdays.

  • Juniper
    Jan. 27, 2021
    Excellent Place

    This is one of our favorite places! clean and fun for everyone!

  • Elaina
    May. 30, 2020
    Great for Walks!

    The arboretum was the perfect length walk, not too long but not too short! The trails are mostly shady so sunscreen is not a must, but I would recommend a good but spray! There is some poison ivy in certain areas of the trail so be careful to make sure your furry friend stays on the path! Parking was conveniently located for $5.00. Don’t forget to bring water for yourself and your pup! Additionally if you’ve got a new puppy you’re looking to socialize this is a great trail, there were lots of people of varying ages to expose your dog to!

  • Carmen
    More than a year ago
    small paradise

    I love this place . Is nice beautiful , peaceful and very safe . I go alone with my small dog and never had any problem or anybody in problems . My dog love to go in summer time because is fresh and can walk in the trails . We go 3 or 3 times in the week . Is our small paradise

  • Lauren
    More than a year ago
    Nature trails but bring supplies

    Very pretty nature area with multiple trails buy map $3.. Bring water and poop bags for Dotson water fountains or garbage. Ans. Pack bug spray for human or make donation and use theirs.. We didn't see any wildlife except turtles and butterfly we brought old &young dog soit was great wshor t trails and lots shade..

  • Lydia
    More than a year ago
    great trails

    Lots of trails that are safe and generally dry. Love it.

  • Guillermo
    More than a year ago
    Nice place for casual walk

    Located in Memorial Park it is very similar to the other trails. Nice trees and ponds. No flowers. A LOT of mosquitoes so bring repellent or long sleeves.

  • Aaryn
    More than a year ago
    Females, don't go alone!

    This place is AMAZING and my dog loves it, but if you are a female I would not advise coming here alone. These trails are extremely isolated and a perfect place for creeps. If you have a protective dog or buddy to join you, it's dog heaven!

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