South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi

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The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a nonprofit, 180-acre botanical garden and nature center located at 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas. It is open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged.The gardens can be traced to 1987 when a first cottage garden (1 acre) and nature trail opened in Corpus Christi. Today's gardens, however, are on a different site that opened in 1996. The gardens have been actively developed since that time.Major exhibits now include an arid garden; Exhibit House with bromeliads, cycads, cacti, and succulents; hibiscus garden; hummingbird garden; landscape demonstration beds; orchid house with more than 3000 orchids; a major collection of more than 100 plumeria varieties; contemporary rose garden with a large pavilion; sensory garden; and water garden.The site also contains a mesquite nature trail through 30acre of brush. It features some 35 species of woody trees and shrubs, herbs, grasses, and cacti, as well as white-tailed deer, collared peccaries, and coyotes.
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  • Take a leisurely stroll around the botanical gardens, see beautiful flowers, reptiles, birds. Walk along the path to the creek. Several bird watching areas. Worth a visit.  more »
  • Beautiful and interesting place. Lots to see - reptiles, birds, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trail, gorgeous grounds and cute playground. Be sure to pack water to drink and wear light clo...  more »
  • We figured this would be a small botanical garden. We were shocked - the diversity in plant life was spectacular, the animals were all clearly healthy and well cared for, and the volunteers were so kn...  more »
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  • Everything is in bloom! Breathtakingly beautiful! Best time to go is when it opens at 9am. I couldn't take enough picture. Plan to spend 2 hours at least. So happy we have such a beautiful place in Corpus Christi. Well worth a visit.
  • I love reacting with different type of birds, tortoises, snakes, and other types of reptiles. My grand daughter will now pet a snake, working on getting her to hold one. The plants and garden's are so peaceful and beautiful. We love going every chance we get.
  • Unexpected reptile exhibit. Really cool Chameleon. Really good Orchid and Plumera exhibits also.
  • Absolutely beautiful I hope to spend more time here! I love how many birds they have available to see. A must visit place in Corpus Christi!
  • Beautiful flowers. Great wildlife. Wonderful place to bring a family.

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