Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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. Make Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a part of your Austin vacation plans using our Austin itinerary maker.
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We went when the temp was only about 80, and there was a good breeze. We had a pleasant visit. The area was easy to negotiate with a baby stroller. (This would be a nice place to take younger kids.) W... read more »
Great facility, but do some research and find out when they have wildflowers. When I was there it was trees and limited flowers. You don't need to come here to see that. I suppose it's better in seaso... read more »
My husband And I stopped and spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering the paths. Wish we had had more time. Great place to walk and an awesome nature playscape for little ones complete with a stream... read more »
Beautiful and very nicely kept gardens. There is a large area for families with various nature inspired play things (see pictures). The bathrooms were very clean, unfortunately the shop was "closed for inventory". Can spend half an hour here up to several hours. Wasn't busy on a Saturday afternoon, saw families, couples, and someone reading a book. I'd recommend for a fun time in nature.
Pretty nice place; decent number of pretty flowers and a really cool little waterfall. Went here on 03/27/16 and it was very colorful. $10 admission fee if I recall, which you don't necessarily have to pay; the admissions office is off to the side, so it's possible to walk right past it and into the gardens without actually paying (not sure who designed the center that way). In any case, very nice area, great place for a sunny weather romantic date and for taking some flowery pics.
Rose and Mike Farmer
What a beautiful and interesting gardens! It is so great to see how native TX plants can be used to create lovely landscaping. Plus fun to see the Great Horned Owl nesting again by the entrance. Also fantastic trails. Great place for family outings also. Love this place!
I really enjoyed going to the Wildflower Center. There are many different meadows and gardens to look at. Taking a stroll through the trails is very relaxing. If you like to take pictures of plant life and butterflies this is the place to do it. Have lunch at the cafe while you are there. They have a good selection of sandwiches, salads and wraps.
It was much larger than expected. Very happy about that. My 5 year old daughter was obsessed with taking pictures and got some great ones of all the flowers and even one butterfly ( early in the season, so... Lucky!) My son (2 years old) LOVED the logs/large bird nest setup as well as the waterfall you could go behind and the horseshoe bridge/observation deck. The paths are well maintained and the park was clean and had lots of different points of interest and educational activities - for children and adults. Highly suggested you stop and take a look!
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