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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

7701 Royce Street

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, minutes inside the Beltway, features a pond and an interactive exhibit ideal for children two years and up. Located in the 52-acre Annandale District Park, the center is nestled among woodland trails and creeks with butterfly gardens and a playground nearby. Sit a spell on our giant butterfly bench! Inside the nature center, facilities include live animal displays, a climbing "tree" loft/puppet stage, a resource library and the Urban Woodlands: Habitats and Havens interactive exhibit. View the expanded limited impact development parking lot with rain garden at the nature center entrance. Young children with their adults may investigate Nature Playce, an outdoor exploration area, for unstructured play opportunities in the woods. Programs for groups. Visit website for nature center hours. Grounds open dawn to dusk.


Andy Baxter

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Fun for kids. Free. Easy to manage multiple children there. Worth return visits.

Carrie T

Monday, April 30, 2018
Fun special programs, indoor play area with many different stations, hiking trail with creek, outdoor playground, etc. Parking can be tight.

Kevin Yee

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
As with all the Nature Centers, this place is lots of fun for the kids. Dinosaurcanp in the summertime. During Easter they do a dinosaur egg hunt. Boy scout merit badges and other boy/cub/girl scout activities.

katie sitar

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Great hidden gem. Inside is full of imagination toys. Outside is a cool little wild play area and several marked nature trails. They often have programs focusing on dinosaurs.

Carolyn Krieger

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
This is our favorite nature center in the area. Lots of live animals in tanks (frogs, snakes, turtles, etc), learning exhibits, things to touch, and so many toys! The trails around the center could have been marked better but the area is pretty and we still had a good time. Enjoyed a picnic lunch at a shady table outside.

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