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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Address: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Phone Number: 512-232-0100
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Ranked #32 of 400 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Flagstaff, Arizona
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172 reviews 172 reviews
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

February is not the best time to visit as there is nothing in bloom and not many birds or anything else, around. However, imagine it lush with greenery and flora and fauna and all that and it certainly is a must see. Can't wait to go back in the spring or early fall.

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boulder, co
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in February when there were no wildflowers in sight, and still it was a wonderful place to be. Artistic, serene, beautiful and welcoming; a terrific place for children with all the trails, swings, a butterfly garden, family garden, learning center, and little house and garden for little people. Melodic chimes sound all... More 

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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107 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited in February and none of the wildflowers were in bloom, however the experience still gave us a sense of wonder regarding nature in the area. there is still plenty to do and see walking around the property. The gift shop is also very interesting. We will be back in the spring!

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Munich, Germany
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60 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This park is no attraction in winter. Wildflowers are amazing in Spring in Austin in general because of the great Beautification Program started by Lady Bird. I have to say that this Center is more an educational center or even an event location than a tourist destination. If in the area, visit it. If not, go to Zilker park in... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My husband is a horticultralist so of course this was on the top of his list. Unfortunately we choose the wrong time of year to come (Feb) but it was still a neat place and it was fun to walk around for an afternoon. I am sure it would be great when everything is in bloom in March. We may... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We visited the park in january, so they weren't very many wild flowers blooming. Even so, the park is very nice with great trails for walking. The buildings are very pretty, made of brown and grey stone that fits in with the environment. There is a small exhibit hall that provides the background of the park and explains its mission.

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Forney, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the different flowers. The water features were what we liked. Our 4 year old loved the flowers, winding paths and loved looking into the very deep blue water. I didn't realize when we were there how much we missed. We would probably go back another time to see the rest.

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The plants here are blooming at the time of year that is appropriate for them and they are native to Texas. You aren't going to see Dutch tulips in the spring but you'll see oxblood lilies in the summer. You won't see giant sunflowers but you'll see tons of Maximilian sunflowers in August. This isn't Longwood Gardens or the National... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We were there with friends in February, before the wildflowers were blooming, yet it is still an interesting place. The visitor center is interesting, both in the history of the center and the founders, and in what you an learn about the native flowers and plants. There are always cacti to see in the garden. We enjoyed the layout of... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was truly a waste of time...I'd rather just go to a park or wait for the wildflowers to bloom by the side of the highway.

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Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the WIldflower Center. Winter gardens offer a different kind of beauty that isn't for everyone, but the berries, grasses, bare tree branches, and seed heads can also be very inspirational. Of course, parks and highways are wonderful places to explore and see wildflowers too. All of our natural world... More 

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