When you think of Houston, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not all of the pretty nature and wildlife that the city has. This doesn't mean Houstonians don't live near beauty, in fact, there's a nature preserve near Houston that proves they do! The area happens to be the largest urban nature preserve in the United States and is home to many exotic and beautiful animals.\nThe Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena is a transitional preserve made up of wetlands, forest, prairie, and coastal salt marshes.\nThat's quite a bit of land to be in one place, but that's why there's only one place like it in the U.S.\nYou can visit the nature paradise Wednesdays through Saturdays at any time between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.\nThe last ticket for admission is sold at 4 p.m. but honestly, an hour doesn't seem like enough time to see all that this giant preserve has to offer.\nTickets are $6 per person, which, when you do the math, is very little to see and experience so much.\nAnd while you're there you may even run into an animal or two.\nView this post on Instagram We’ve got 5 more weeks until our Party for the Planet Gala! With your ticket purchase, you will fund: 1 month of #Bison food 2 months of #bird seed from Wild Birds Unlimited 1 months’ worth of animal care supplies Or… A WHOLE YEAR’S WORTH of meat for the #Alligators, #SnappingTurtle, #BoxTurtles, and #SoftshellTurtle! To purchase your ticket, visit https://www.abnc.org/pftp A post shared by Armand Bayou Nature Center (@armandbayounaturecenter) on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:16pm PDT\nThe wildlife that calls this place home is as varied as the land itself.\nThere are numerous animals that inhabit the preserve, with everything from bison to bald eagles.\nIt's the largest nature preserve in the U.S. with over 370 different species of animals living on the preserve's 2500 acres.\nIt's mindboggling to think that there's such a massive area of land with roaming animals so close to Houston!\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle (@justagirlfromtx) on Jun 22, 2019 at 2:40pm PDT\nGoing to visit and getting to see animals that you would otherwise have to travel to another state or even continent to see is already a treat in itself.\nThe cherry on top is that they also have a ton of activities that can get you exploring the diverse landscape.\nYou can get out on the water with everything from pontoon boat cruises to kayak tours.\nOr, if you'd prefer to stay on land, they have a bunch of different hikes such as photo hikes, bat hikes, and even night owl hikes.\nView this post on Instagram Another day exploring the Bayou.🌞 I'm just here for the Great Blue Herons.. #armandbayou #exploretexas #texas #houston #bayareapark #bayou #boardwalk #tx #discovertx #exploretx #texassky #txsunshine #texassunshine #trees #blue #green #instagay #gaytravel #solotravel #takeawalk #outdoors #outside_project #texastodo A post shared by Nicholas Engel (@nhe_1543) on Mar 15, 2017 at 3:57pm PDT\nIt's such a unique experience and one of the only places in the U.S. with as many protected animals as it has.\nAnd it's right in Houston's backyard!\nArmand Bayou Nature Center\nPrice: $6\nAddress: 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena, TX\nWhy You Need To Go: There's nowhere else in the U.S. you can go to see such diverse wildlife.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.