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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
(4.3/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The gardens here are wonderful. This is a great place to go anytime, however, we ended up being there on a rainy day and were not able to stay for too long. 
  • Visited late October on a hot day. The courtyard was relaxing and the hibiscus tea very refreshing. Walked all the trails except the one that was closed. More oak species than I've ever heard of which...  more »
  • A bit out of town, but worth the drive in the right season (spring and summer). Popular wedding location. Plenty for the kids to play with! their website has a section of what's in bloom this week, as...  more »
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  • A great attraction if you love nature. Highly recommend one of the volunteer guided tours. Enjoyed our time with Vince immensely.
  • Excellent attraction in the Austin area. If you're looking for an activity outside the downtown, this is a really nice getaway. There are distinct areas that have a variety of types of flora. When you walk in, the entry walkway will really wow you. The small pond to the left when you walk in had a baby and a larger turtle sitting on a rock, which was really sweet to see. The large wind chimes are totally enchanting. Also, every employee that i encountered was exceptionally friendly and kind. There's also plenty of free parking which is not easy to find in Austin!!
  • Lovely place to take a walk and just enjoy nature. I bought a year membership which I think is a little overpriced considering the amount of people I have seen just stroll right in without paying the entry fee. Either way, very nice and well kept place!
  • 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.
  • Great place for family, or just a stroll. Blue ribbon program. Spring and winter lights are great times for a visit. Be sure to head down the trail to the family garden where kids can play in the cave and water