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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin

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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. Make Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a part of your Austin vacation plans using our Austin itinerary maker.
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  • Spent a very hot morning at the center. The grounds were quiet and peaceful and the architecture was beautiful but the plants were not all that impressive compared to botanical gardens in other cities...  more »
  • It you have time to take a small jaunt outside of Austin, this is a good place to visit. The trail through the gardens is lovely, you can learn about the Austin landscape, the Edwards Aquifer, and abo...  more »
  • What a beautiful place. I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding at the center and truly enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Since it was an evening wedding, the gardens were closed t...  more »
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  • Simply an amazing(ly beautiful) place, year-round. The family garden is a fantastic addition. I can't wait to take kids there. I especially love the rope swings on the arboretum trail. The cafe makes a delightful sandwich (and probably other things, but I've only had a sandwich). The restrooms are clean and air conditioned. The gift shop has a nice selection of seeds, as well as lots of other great clothes and trinkets.
  • We went of the middle of February, and most plants were dormant. However, being able to identify plants when they are dormant is a handy ability to have. We had a very reasonably priced lunch in the Wildflower cafe, with its broad expanse of picture windows and hand painted chairs. We wandered the nearly vacant grounds, enjoying the quiet and peace. We couldn't take in the whole park in a single visit. We climbed the three flights of the circular stone stairway to the top of the tower with its magnificent views of the Texas Hill country and, in the distance, downtown Austin, followed the trail through the grasslands to the family area, searched out the hidden giant wind chimes, and more. The grounds were full of art in the form of realistic animal sculptures as well as contemporary stone and glass works. We scoped out the shop too which had some unique items in addition to usual tourist fare.
  • Truly a central Texas treasure. The wildflower center makes you feel like you are among flowers that chose themselves to dwell there. It's not a finely manicured Garden but a very thoughtful selection of flowers, trees and greenery to meander amongst through beautiful trails. The family center is a must for families with children. Simple play for ages is available there. And the restrooms are possibly the cleanest and prettiest outdoor restrooms I've ever visited... And I was there right at closing when you might expect the worst. Please make this a must visit location in Spring when the bluebonnets are blooming.
  • I gave my wife a mini history lesson. So we started out at LBJ library and followed it up by showing her Lady Bird's center. I would recommend visiting in spring or summer vs the winter. It was a bit sad looking at all of the dead flowers. However, the space is great and the history behind Lady Bird was amazing. It's a great place to take the kids, as the family garden has so many activities to keep them busy. The observation tower does provide some spectacular views. The admission price is a bit high, but definitely worth it to support green spaces.
  • There's simply not enough time to take in all the natural beauty here. So many native Texas flowers, winding walkways, water elements, shaded seated areas, butterflies & birds & beauty dancing all around. A gardener's, horticulturist's haven a lover of all things beautiful & natural. Bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes to explore the garden to the fullest. If water bottles r allowed (water stations r throughout) bring that to. Texas heat can be excruciating.