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Admire a variety of Texan and North American plants in the landscaped gardens of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Founded by former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes, the center is dedicated to research, education, and the conservation and sustainable use of native plants. The central gardens include wild flower-filled meadows, a wetland pond with aquatic plants and animals, a family garden with stumps to climb, and a butterfly habitat. The latest addition is an arboretum with a large collection of native trees native. As you walk through the facility, you can enjoy the colors and smells while learning how the plant life benefits the environment. In addition to the gardens, don't miss exhibits devoted the work of Texan artists and photographers, as well nature artists from around the world. The center also features a library, observation tower, shop, gallery, and cafe. Audio tours are available online. Put Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the forefront of your travel plans using our Austin road trip planning site.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center reviews
I had a lovely time walking through the Center, but unfortunately February is not peak time for wildflowers. A few blue bonnets and one or two flowering trees. Regardless, the place is worth a...
I had a lovely time walking through the Center, but unfortunately February is not peak time for wildflowers. A few blue bonnets and one or two flowering trees. Regardless, the place is worth a... more »
2022-2023 Fortlandia was very disappointing. Not worth the money. We would have had more fun at a free park.
2022-2023 Fortlandia was very disappointing. Not worth the money. We would have had more fun at a free park. more »
I traveled with my mom, and we both really enjoyed seeing the wildflower center! It is not very far out of Austin, and it has a lot to offer! The gift shop is cute, and it has many trails that you...
I traveled with my mom, and we both really enjoyed seeing the wildflower center! It is not very far out of Austin, and it has a lot to offer! The gift shop is cute, and it has many trails that you... more »
The Wildflower Center is a beautiful sanctuary of pathways, gardens, plants and outdoor spaces that never disappoints. Lovely garden walks, pretty rock archetecture buildings and nature galore. Enjoy the cafe and gift shop as well. There are also excellent outdoor playplaces for the kids to run, climb and have fun. The signage all around provides information about all of the native plants. Wonderful day trip destination, highly recommended.
This is a relatively small place, shouldn't take more than 2 hours to see most of what they offer if you're a slow walker. It was gorgeous and packed with many wildflowers, a really great location for kids to hike as well. I would definitely go back for hiking and just being in the outdoors in general.
We visited the other evening on one of their late night (I believe every Tuesday through spring). It was $15/person, there was live music, a bar, food trucks, and an ice cream truck for the late night event from 5-8pm. This place was great for kids and families with everything from flowers, trees, trails, playgrounds, and plenty of room to bring your own chairs or picnic blanket! It is also a great date night spot. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy nice conversation or a picnic. I definitely recommend visiting weather you’re a local or coming from out of town! There are memberships that typically pay for themselves within a few visits—we will be investing in one!
Another great outdoor gem in Austin. Trails and beauty with picnic tables and benches along the way. This time we went for the Field of Lights display and I highly recommend. You do pay but worth it and there is a bar/beverage truck and food as well. The overlook has tables and is a balcony overlooking the nature and lights. They had headphones to listen to 3 different stations of music and possibly the most romantic date someone can have strolling with a loved one. It’s going on until April or May checkout their site.
Go on a cool day and there is much to explore. Admission is reasonable and if you become member it's good value if coming multiple times with kids. Really fun for kids , lots of plants and trees and flowers and butterflies... Wear comfortable clothing as you will likely get dirt on it. The little reading nook in the colorful cabin house is such a fun idea. Enjoy the view from top of the tower to appreciate the hill country beauty.
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