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“Peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX
361-852-2100
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
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Owner description: A tranquil respite from city stress, this collection of gardens soothes the soul with walking trails, 2500 varieties of orchids, an idyllic rose garden, desert and tropical flowers, wetlands, forest and many opportunities for bird watching.
San Antonio
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21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I had a wonderful time walking around the gardens. Be sure to walk the trails that go out to the wetlands. Many people don't realize they are there. The water level is very low now due to the drought. You will need bioculars to see any of the waterbirds. This is a great place to take children. It is best to go early in the morning before the temperature gets hot. General admission is only $7 or $6 for military and seniors. I would recommend taking a wildflower guidebook for use along the nature trails. If you take children, be sure to educate them about the possiblity of coming across a rattlesnake. I didn't see or hear any but the habitat is perfect for them. It is easy to find, just take 286 (CrossTown) south until you get to 2444 where you will make a left turn, the center is several miles down 2444.

Visited August 2013
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Brownsville, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I didn't even know south texas had a botanical garden. I love the plant exhibits. Beware!! Buy a bottle of water at the gift shop because the weather can get hot and the trails are long. There is water available throughout the garden but is sporadic. I enjoyed the arid garden exhibit. The parrots are beautiful. Entrance fee is 7 dollars but is less for children.

Visited July 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Waste of time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Some people have better gardens in their backyards than this one. Skip it and go for the beach instead. The parking had more plants and flowers than the garden. Kids might enjoy the butterfly area. That's just about it.

Visited July 2013
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Lots of Flowers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Small botanical gardens, but worth a visit. We actually went in April last year. Wonderful orchid exhibits. Loved the butterfly garden. They've got a large rose garden as well. Bring your camera :-)

Visited July 2012
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Houston, TX
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place for Nature preserve and rare plants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

visited the gardens on my way to South Padre Island, was surprised by the natural preservation of animals they had, and also some of the rare asian plants such as Indian carnations, desert rose and rare kind of jasmine plants. this place is certainly a seasonal place for plants, best time to visit is spring, summer and fall, certainly not summer.

Visited May 2013
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