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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
512-232-0100
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Ranked #24 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage
Owner description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is a 279-acre public garden dedicated to increasing the sustainable use... more » Owner description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is a 279-acre public garden dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Founded by Mrs. Johnson and Actress Helen Hayes in 1982, the Wildflower Center brings life to her hope to preserve the beauty and regional identify of natural landscapes. The Center features acres of Texas wildflower gardens, award-winning architecture, nature trails, a café and gift shop. « less
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Wildflower Center is quite special on a number of counts. It is large, with an interesting trail system. The cadre of volunteers is well-trained, eager to please and very knowledgeable. The plant collections are especially nice, highlighting native species. In addition the hardscaping is superb, featuring rock aqueducts, small areas (such as an external butterfly garden) and very interesting... More

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Louisiana
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62 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I always try to find at least one nice thing to see everywhere I go, this trip, there was not enough time. The wildflower center was very close on my route, so I had to stop in. I needlessly worried that not many flowers would be out in September; the place is covered in plants: trees, shrubs, flower gardens, water... More

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Austin, Texas
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125 reviews 125 reviews
36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is an absolutely beautiful facility full of stone buildings, archways, corrugated cisterns and a cafe. It also sets on a huge acreage. There are butterfly gardens, meadows, wetlands and seed gardens, to name a few. Don't forget the Family Garden, with it's waterfall, grotto and caves, dinosaur footprints, giant woven nests and ample logs for the kids to crawl... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great place to walk off some calories after enjoying too many of Austin's restaurants. Nicely laid out with something always blooming.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was perfect for our daughter's wedding September 5, 2014! Loved everything about the night. Julie with Circle C Catering was wonderful. The food and presentation was spot on. Jennifer Seals from Pearl Events was a life saver and everyone's new favorite friend. It started to rain (down pour) 10 minutes before ceremony was to start. They were amazing…calm….plan B... More

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Austin, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a beautiful, tranquil, out of the way spot in Austin. For adults it is worth a walk through and there are plenty of things to do for kids--check out the little house, a space for arts, crafts, reading, play for young kids (adults are welcome too) and also the family garden, which has little lots of little ones.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We visited the center in last August and were surprised at the variety of flowers in bloom. The butterflies are in abundance.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It was really hot the day we visited, but enjoyed the displays for homeowners who want to use perennials and less lawn. The butterfly garden was full of Monarchs!

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Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Despite the heat and sun we enjoyed a very peaceful afternoon walking through the center. The gallery is especially interesting and air-conditioned. These are all native plants to Texas and there is quite a variety. We had a little meal in the cafe...enjoyed their chicken soup and my sister enjoyed her wrap.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely well kept garden.looks like a fun place for kids. Trails well maintained. Swings on the longer walk would be a nice place to stop and picnic. Not many roughing it trails though so nature a bit absent. Not much blooming in August sure its wonderful in the spring!

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