Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Ticket Price: 9 USD
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
Imagine butterflies fluttering and dancing around rainbow coloured flowers, all set against emerald green grass. Now imagine a reality where none of these beauties exist! The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to keeping such a horrifying possibility away by protecting and conserving as much of North America’s flora as possible. The Center resembles a sprawling garden, bursting with life in every nook and cranny. It’s one of the many islands of luscious green the city is home to and it doubles as conservation center and island of peace for many a visitor. Families, kids, senior citizens, romantic couples or even solo travellers are drawn here and revel amongst the natural beauty.
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982, with the intention of conserving and protecting North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. They realized that America was on the verge of losing nearly a quarter of its natural flaura and fauna, and this center was created in a bid to stop this. Its present day name came about in 1995. The center revolves around studying the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes and today, it’s recognized as a leader in the ‘Sustainable Sites’ initiative.
As you enter, you’ll notice the lovely variety of multi coloured indigenous flowers, such as Lupines, and the beautifully created statues. Cute little woodland critter sculptures decorate the ground and a giant clay creation in the form of a dragonfly stands pretty upon the side of the white limestone water tower. You ears will tingle with pleasure as soft chiming noises grace them, thanks to the wind chimes tied around the branches of a few of the trees. Numerous trails promise different natural, sensual pleasures set in a completely organic background. If you plan out our visit according to the flowers lifecycle, you’ll be able to catch many of the flowers in full bloom, regaling everyone with their heady scents and soft, silky petaled pouts. This is where one can find the true beauty and diversity of the Texas landscape.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Information
- Seminars, sales, special events - there's always something going on at the Wildflower Center.
- The Wildflower Center hosts indoor and outdoor exhibits featuring the work of prominent nature artists from Central Texas and beyond.
- This would be a great place for a wedding or engagement pictures.
- There is a display room with examples of all of the flowers and viewing this is highly recommended either before or after visiting the gardens.
- There’s a great gift shop too.
- Climb the San Antonio Tower to get an eagle’s eye view for miles.
- The Wildflower Center's facilities were designed to sit lightly on the land and are a model of environmental sustainability and award-winning architecture. Check out the aqueduct, Little House and library.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Ticket Prices
- Children under 12: $3
- Free for members and kids under 4.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Opening and Closing Hours
- The cafe shuts at 3.00 pm.
How To reach Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center by Public Transport
- By Bike: Yellow Bike Project, Phone- 512-457-9880, Bicycle Sports Shop - Bike Rentals, Phone- 512-477-3472.
- By Taxi: Yellow Cab, Phone- 512-452-9999. website includes fare estimator and online booking.
- You can travel Austin by car and taxi as well.
Restaurants Near Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Jack Allen’s Kitchen
- Torchy’s Tacos
- Hill’s Austin Cafe
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Reviews - Write a Review
Beautiful in the Spring. Majestic setting. Well informed and informative staff. Large displays of all Texas wildflowers. Sales of seeds and plants. Cafe. Ample parking. See a nesting Horned Owl that's resident in the Spring. Lecture hall and library.
What can be said about this place except magical. If offers a look at the native plants and flora of Texas. It also is super family friendly. You can picnic on the big lawn or benchs or eat at the little cafe. You can do photo shoots with family or get married there... Super places.
A hidden gem about 8 miles from downtown Austin. This sprawling wonderland dedicated to the amazing (even for Texas) environmental edifice, bursting with all manner of horticultural plants and trees is definitely worth a visit. Spring is glorious but "anytime is the right time.
This is a beautiful arboretum/garden area. Walkways with most being shaded by trees. The movie on Lady Bird is very informative. The Wildflower Cafe is very good. Not to be missed. The store is much larger than it looks from the outside. Don't worry husband's there are plenty of benches outside in the shade
We visited on an overcast autumn morning and thoroughly enjoyed the carefully curated samples, and short video in the visitor center. The climb to the tower was fun - how cool that there are succulents growing along the top edges of the tower! The paths were meandering and well cared for. Just lovely!