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Essential Ways to Enjoy Armand Bayou Nature Center

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With a wide-ranging collection of prairie and forest trails, Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) also boasts a historical farm site from the late 1800’s as well as a broad bayou which is ideal for paddling and fishing. Situated in Pasadena (within the Houston/Woodlands/Sugar Land metropolitan area), along the Texas Gulf Coast, the ABNC is home to two extensive trails which follow the forest around the bayou. The Karankawa Trail winds through the center of the forest out to the shore of the bayou. The Lady Bird Trail commences in the forest and then proceeds to skirt the edge of the prairie back to the farm on the property. And aside from the boardwalk component, which is nearest the visitors’ center, these two trails are relatively primitive.

Essential Ways to Enjoy Armand Bayou Nature Center That Can’t Be Missed

Photo: Facebook/Armand Bayou Nature Center Official Page

The historic farm site consists of the Martyn family farm house which was built in the 1890s. It’s fully furnished, features vegetable and butterfly gardens, a shed filled with antique farm implements, and a beautiful little pond. If visitors have questions regarding the property, there are ABNC volunteers on hand to respond and provide further information. The Nature Center complex has a great schedule of educational programming and tours for guests to the area. You can enjoy a three-hour guided paddling tour through the backwaters of Armand Bayou (for a nominal fee) which covers two to three miles and begins at 8 a.m. at Bay Area Park. There are also pontoon boat cruises, for those that want to enjoy the bayou without the effort of making their own way through it, one of which includes breakfast! And there’s also sunset and moonlight cruises for a lesser fee. Visit their website for further details and scheduling.

Essential Ways to Enjoy Armand Bayou Nature Center That Can’t Be Missed
Photo: Facebook/Armand Bayou Nature Center Official Page

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