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“Get out of the city!!”

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Ranked #9 of 325 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, is dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. Located a quick but quiet ten miles from downtown, we are a botanical garden open to the public year-round and have become a favored venue for everything from conservation-focused conventions to beautiful weddings. We carry out our mission to inspire the conservation and application of native plants through our gardens, campus, research, education and outreach programs. In doing so, we improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and enhance human health and happiness. Visit, learn and make a better world with us. The Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 and became a part of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Get out of the city!!”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was a great little excursion out of downtown Austin and see a little more of the surrounding area. The wildflower center is massive! There are so many different nooks and crannies to walk around and see all of the different vegetation that exists in Texas.

If nothing else, you gotta just walk around and see all of the oak trees. Really beautiful. Stop and and swing in some of the tree swings and just enjoy a pleasant walk out in nature. Definitely a must for the nature lover or those just looking for something different than bars & music.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Easy to surpass expectations”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

NOTE FOR 2014: A couple of the reviews from April and early May were disappointed with the variety and/or health of the flowers. Central Texas had an unusually cold and long winter (2013-2014) with several more freezes than it ordinarily experiences. Everything is a little late in coming in this year; I wouldn't hold that against the wildflower center, particularly as it's certainly fine now (mid/late May).

I'm from the Northeast, where places like Longwood Gardens attract tourists with acres of landscaping and exotic flora. When I moved to Central Texas, I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much will grow down here (and how well, most of the time). That's the point of the Wildflower Center: it ain't just cacti.

Central Texas is distinct from other parts of Texas both in its elevation and humidity. The Wildflower Center is right on the Eastern edge of the Hill Country, and it's a great resource whether you're interested in horticulture or just looking for some ideas on what to plant in your yard that will survive with too much sun and not enough water.

I have no expertise whatever with horticulture but visit the Wildflower Center once a year. It's worth a stop for the (short) hiking trails alone. As a bonus, unlike most attractions with a captive audience, the cafe is quite good!

Visited May 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Totally beautiful and worth the ride”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Many, many flowers all around. They just opened a new section of family gardens there in May. Many great photo ops with flowers all around. The Wildflower Cafe was a good place to have lunch and take a break. Reasonable prices and good food. Don't miss these beautiful gardens!

Visited May 2014
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A special place”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

A chance to see what a lot of this part of Texas must have looked like before Austin began to sprawl. Don't miss the Hill Country trails. And, the Cafe's food is tasty, too.

Visited May 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
287 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A nice weekend afternoon”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

We go pretty often because it is such a nice place to walk around. If you go be sure to walk across the road to the hiking paths and maybe even take a picnic or buy something in the cafe to take across and eat under the trees.

Be ides the wild flowers there is also a gift shop with many interesting selections and often there is an art exhibit as well.

There is also a children's activity room close to the restrooms.

Visited May 2014
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