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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 #20 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 

Milton, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Not only is the garden beautiful in and of itself, with creative and artistic uses of plants, but the way that they show people how stunning native plants can be is inspiring. There's a fantastic children's garden with an incredibly creative water feature. Plants are extremely well labeled! If anyone's interested in how to handle, store and reuse stormwater, they... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Anyone can stop by and see so much around them with the natural landscaping with our native plants and flowers of Texas. One can buy and eat lunch at the Center and enjoy the gardens around you.

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Austin, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you enjoy the outdoors and would like to learn more about native plants and their importance in the ecosystem as well as sustainable plantings then pay a visit to the WFC. They have a wonderful new Family Garden which your children will love. Best time to visit is April May and October but there is much to see and... More 

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Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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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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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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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30 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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142 helpful votes 142 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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