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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 184 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage
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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.

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Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I was only able to spend a few hours (on business no less) but everything about this place was striking. The architecture is indigenous to the area (although reflecting different cultural traditions) and integrates nicely with the landscape. The walking paths can lead you out and away from the vestiges of civilization without ever going that far. My favorite was... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The is a gem in the Austin area. An Ideal place to explore for everyone in the family especially the new children's garden. Visited in November & hope to make it back in springtime. Kudos to the entire organization & the staff!

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Millerton, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Flowers are great - and identified, which I always appreciate, but you could see that many locals just come here to relax - very peaceful place

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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311 reviews 311 reviews
27 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place has a lot to see, and although we did not have children with us, would be superb for taking them to interest them in nature and wildlife. The place was passed its best for blooms when we went, but still you could tell its potential. Go there if you are near, and take some children with you too.

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Ogden, Utah
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279 reviews 279 reviews
102 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

They have added some new things at the Wildflower Center. The family garden is really fun with kids. They have a place to make a teepee. They have a bird nest area to climb on and they have a little river where you can pour water on the rocks. We saw a little snake and a few frogs. They have... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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200 reviews 200 reviews
31 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

What a gem of a place. There are things to see and do for all ages. I didn't have high expectations since it was fall, but there were lots of beautiful flowering plants and the butterflies were plentiful. There are multitudes of gardens throughout the center. I especially enjoyed the theme gardens, which had grouped samples of different styles of... More

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Dallas, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is a lovely place. I'm sure Lady Bird was very proud of it. I went in late fall and it was still very nice, though there weren't many things blooming at that time. I was there first thing on a Sunday morning and it was very tranquil. Please note some of the buildings (gift shop, food) are not open... More

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Bangalow, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a visual treat. Whether taking your kids to experience paddling in a stream, climbing or just seeing nature at work, it's worth a visit. As an enthusiast of plants and flowers I was not disappointed. Great design ideas, beautiful plantings and great walks.

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Deerfield, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This was a very pretty area. It didn't take a very long time, so a good little side trip. We didn't have kids with us, but would have been great for kids. Great gift shop also

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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We spent the better part of a beautiful October day checking out the Center. It is very nice and everything looks new, modern and nicely displayed with signs to let you know the names of the various plants, flowers, and trees growing throughout the 279 acres that make up this lovely place. There are many trails throughout the property and... More

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