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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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New York City, New York
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens and plenty of exploring. Plenty of butterflies and nature. Good for all ages and populations.

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Portland, Oregon
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25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The family garden is amazing, and everything is beautifully maintained. The cafe was closed, so we can't comment on that. The arboretum is rather unexciting but there is a lovely surprise of tree swings that are fun for children of all ages.

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

lovely place and I wish we might have seen it when the bluebonnets were in bloom! Lots of families with children playing in the wildlife/nature center.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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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40 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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