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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

#9 of 321 things to do in Austin Features Animals
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739-1702
+1 512-232-0100
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Peaceful but not bteathtaking

Spent a very hot morning at the center. The grounds were quiet and peaceful and the architecture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Renee D
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Nice, Out of City Nature Experience

It you have time to take a small jaunt outside of Austin, this is a good place to visit. The trail... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“native plants” (58 reviews)
“family garden” (21 reviews)
“gift shop” (63 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739-1702
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+1 512-232-0100
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a very hot morning at the center. The grounds were quiet and peaceful and the architecture was beautiful but the plants were not all that impressive compared to botanical gardens in other cities.

Thank Renee D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It you have time to take a small jaunt outside of Austin, this is a good place to visit. The trail through the gardens is lovely, you can learn about the Austin landscape, the Edwards Aquifer, and about the local flowers. There is a nice...More

Thank DC Dining D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful place. I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding at the center and truly enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Since it was an evening wedding, the gardens were closed to the public and only the wedding guests were...More

Thank pmlarson22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wear sneakers, bring water and a hat. It's hot but the shaded areas do cool you off. Listen for the sounds of wind chimes in the trees. A truly peaceful place, but hot this time of year, lol.

Thank MIZT13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site combines two of our favorite things to do: learning about and seeing native plant species, and finding the local birds. Admission was $10 per person and gave access to the entire area. There are numerous gardens that are well labeled and many have...More

Thank Scott S
Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. We love birding in the Arboretum (and other parts of the Center as well) and glad you were able to enjoy so many species during your visit. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was slightly disappointed with lack of flowers, but maybe we had just missed out on the best. We were too late for the bluebonnets. We did see some wonderful butterflies and lizards and lots of damsel flies over the water area. Loved the butterfly...More

Thank Anvee
Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. The spring bloomers did come a little early this year, but we really have some fantastic summer blooms as well. Definitely too late for bluebonnets, though! Try mid April next year or keep an eye on our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No matter when you go, in all 4 seasons various flowers are in bloom. The guide is great to identify which flowers you can see when you visit, the variety of trails both long and shorter, give you a glimpse into the original prairie vegetation...More

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Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience; and that's great advice!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found the perfect day to visit the wildflower center-- cloudy and an occasional drizzle on Memorial Day. Not crowded and no sweat. The family garden was perfect for kids, but also mostly paved for wheelchairs. The water feature was fantastic, with dinosaur tracks and...More

Thank cedar4604
Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and for sharing your experience. We are glad you found the areas you visited accessible (always one of our goals) and that the weather was cool enough for you. It's really lovely in the gardens on a wet day! And please...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Wildfire Center is worth a visit for a morning or afternoon and will keep the attention of the little ones as well as the teens. The gardens are beautiful, especially in spring. The signs explaining what to do if you encounter a Mountain Lion...More

Thank Gary T
Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and sharing! We're glad you enjoyed your time here and didn't come across any mountain lions :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for a friend related to medical issues. While they were in ICU, we decided to venture out and see a little of Austin. It was more than we expected. It is well laid out and plenty of tags on the various...More

Thank E B
Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a review. We hope your friend is recovering well and are glad you had time to take in the gardens. Visit anytime!

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Thuntz
Best Texas native container plant
3 March 2017|
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Response from Lady Bird Johns... W | Property representative |
Hi! If that is a question, well, there's not just one "best!" But if you go to our website, wildflower . org and visit the "Learn" tab, there is a section called "Pro Tips" and an entry called "Container Gardening with... More
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jsw1960
Do you need to book in advance for the hike?
19 February 2017|
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Response from Lady Bird Johns... W | Property representative |
You do have to register in advance for some hikes, such as the Moonlight Hike or other educational tours (such as our upcoming birding hikes) due to limited space. More info on these guided tours (many of which are free with... More
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Lanae M
When is the best time of the year to visit?
14 February 2017|
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Response from Lady Bird Johns... W | Property representative |
There's always something to see! Every season has it's own magic. A lot of Texans will tell you, though, summer is pretty darn hot here. We have some great spots to duck into for AC, but if you visit in the summer, please... More
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