San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio Botanical Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A wide range of plants from Texas and around the world spread out over 33 acres.
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  • here2help
    146 contributions
    Even in January there is plenty to enjoy
    This place is fantastic. It would be best seen in Spring, Sumer & Fall, but we enjoyed the gardens even without pretty plants on display. The grounds were beautiful to walk along the meandering paths. And the indoor gardens were better than I imagined. Worth a visit :)
    Visited January 2023
    Written 6 January 2023
  • steelers2481
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania42 contributions
    Beautiful!
    The views are pretty, we went to the conservatories which we the best parts, they have everything set up very nice. Everything was clean, there was also a nice family area for kids. We went during the week and there was practically no one there, so highly recommend going during the week.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • ShortStack12
    Hope, New Jersey466 contributions
    Great Restaurant Too (Jardin)
    We spent a couple of hours walking all over the place in December. Even in December the gardens were impressive. We really wanted to try the restaurant (Jardin) - we walked inside and looked at the menu, but we just didn't have the time. We were staying at a hotel on the river walk and were really glad that we drove to the botanical garden.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 18 March 2023
  • TheV's
    Texas54 contributions
    Beautiful place!
    We spent over 2 hours in this beautiful botanical garden. Very large with so many different things to see. Flowers and plants of course, but also some historical buildings, very large pond with ducks and turtles, water features, and kid areas. We also saw the biggest peacock ever just strolling down a path in one of the back trails! There is a cafe, but we didn’t eat there. Also a small gift shop at the exit. Lots of parking.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • OnTheRoadAgain8180
    Gardiner, Maine405 contributions
    A large and diverse offering, very enjoyable
    The SA Botanical Garden is a relatively large attraction and you will want to plan on at least a couple of hours. Some of our favorite areas include the Lucile Halsell Conservatory Area (including the 4 pavilions surrounding it), the Texas Narrative Trail and the Overlook. If you're pressed for time, consider skipping the Family Adventure Garden (unless you have kids perhaps) and South Texas. Overall a very reasonable cost and good value.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
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OnTheRoadAgain8180
Gardiner, ME405 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The SA Botanical Garden is a relatively large attraction and you will want to plan on at least a couple of hours. Some of our favorite areas include the Lucile Halsell Conservatory Area (including the 4 pavilions surrounding it), the Texas Narrative Trail and the Overlook. If you're pressed for time, consider skipping the Family Adventure Garden (unless you have kids perhaps) and South Texas. Overall a very reasonable cost and good value.
Written 14 November 2023
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newyorknick
Edmond, OK10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice gardens, interesting indoor exhibits, would recommend late fall visit, tolerable temperatures. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Written 30 October 2023
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Carolyn J
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
I made a reservation to drive one hour to the restaurant with an out of town visitor. We arrived to a completely empty dining room but were told that the only available seating was on the 100 degree patio where also no one was sitting. I explained that no one mentioned that we would have to sit on the patio with the reservation. They were unapologetic and ready to turn us away saying there was no seating because other guests would arrive in 30 minutes to fill the empty dining room. They reluctantly split a table top since a 4 top only had 2 people attending and they realized that I didn’t want to leave. But they were unfriendly about it. And I wondered if they intentionally served us substandard food because our salmon dishes were literally 1 inch wide and 3 inches long. And our salads were only lettuce verses the many other ingredients which were listed to be included. Even though I love the chef and have been to this restaurant a few other times, I will not return. It seems run by people not trained in customer satisfaction.
Written 27 August 2023
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Baybug2
Macon, GA263 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Wow——we got military discount. The weather was nice with a breeze with cloud cover. When we walked in a beautiful Indian couple were having what looked like possible wedding pictures—gorgeous. By far my favorite part is it is very ADA accessible. It is wonderfully kid friendly. It warmed my heart to see the little ones enjoying natures beauty. The Once Upon A Time exhibit——took my breathe away.

Note: signage could be better.

GO—-take the young and old!
Written 28 May 2023
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Helen C
Renton, WA934 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Right now, the living structures, "Storybook Magic," are the main attractions. The trail around the pond (with tortoises) has a lot of shade trees. There is another pond with carp, smaller fish and a duck. The are many small flowers, but not large ones. There is an overlook of the city.
Written 30 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,751 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 38-acre property that once was the site of a former limestone quarry and waterworks owned by the city. Since opening as the city's official botanical garden at 555 Funston Place, it had two major additions in 1988--the Lucile Halsell Conservatory and the historic Sullivan Carriage House, which was moved brick by brick to the garden. Today, the garden consists of the Conservatory, formal and display gardens, native gardens, an overlook tower and the Sullivan Carriage House. The Conservatory, designed by award-winning Argentinian architect Emilio Ambasz, is a subterranean structure consisting of five climate specific greenhouses surrounding a central courtyard and featuring such specimens as alpine plants, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants, ferns and aroids, tropical fruits and palms and cycads. The Sullivan Carriage House, originally constructed in downtown San Antonio in 1896, has been fully restored and now serves as the main entrance to the gardens. Its former stables and carriage house contain a restaurant, gift shop, offices and event and meeting space.
Written 31 March 2023
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TheV's
Texas54 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We spent over 2 hours in this beautiful botanical garden. Very large with so many different things to see. Flowers and plants of course, but also some historical buildings, very large pond with ducks and turtles, water features, and kid areas. We also saw the biggest peacock ever just strolling down a path in one of the back trails! There is a cafe, but we didn’t eat there. Also a small gift shop at the exit. Lots of parking.
Written 27 March 2023
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Lyndsay S
3 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Absolutely beautiful garden. We had a lovely afternoon on our girls trip walking through the gardens and relaxing under the trees in the Adirondack chairs.
Written 26 March 2023
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CritiqueNoir
Denver, CO120 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Fantastic botanical gardens! Many different themes with people who like people. Loved the grotto, and now have to build one.
Written 25 March 2023
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ShortStack12
Hope, NJ466 contributions
Dec 2022
We spent a couple of hours walking all over the place in December. Even in December the gardens were impressive. We really wanted to try the restaurant (Jardin) - we walked inside and looked at the menu, but we just didn't have the time. We were staying at a hotel on the river walk and were really glad that we drove to the botanical garden.
Written 18 March 2023
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