Armand Bayou Nature Center

(281) 474-2551
8500 Bay Area Blvd. | Houston, TX 77258
Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston/NASA

Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the largest urban wilderness preserve in the U.S., protecting 2,500 acres of natural wetlands, forest, prairie, and marsh habitats once abundant in the Houston/Galveston area. ABNC is home to more than 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, along with thousands of native plants.

Reconnect with nature at this remarkable part of the Texas Gulf Coast. Recognized as one of the top birding locations in the Galveston Bay area,  ABNC attracts visitors from around the world.  Hiking and paddle trails provide easy public access to unique outdoor experiences. Turn the clock back at the  restored  1890’s Martyn Family Farm site. Or consider a bayou cruise, canoe trip or night owl prowl.

See native wildlife including American alligators, hawks, river otters, white-tail deer, several turtle species and much more. Visit with the resident bison that graze one of the center's prairies. For an up-close look, visit the facility's education center, home to animals including snakes and spiders.


  • Accessible hiking trails
  • Live exhibits and wildlife viewing platforms
  • World-class birding
  • Guided boat and canoe tours
  • Martyn Family Farm demonstrations

Size: 2500-acres

  • Acreage: 2.5
  • Restrooms
  • Nature Trail
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Picnic/BBQ
  • Education Center