Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Facility:Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Description:Dig deep and explore the Wildflower Center! Educating people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants, the Wildflower Center is a 279-acre native plant botanical garden with numerous gardens and natural areas, scenic trails, Children's Little House, visitors gallery, observation tower, gift store, and cafe. Founded in 1982 by the former First Lady and actress Helen Hayes, the Wildflower Center continues to help beautify America and restore our natural heritage.
Address 1:4801 La Crosse Avenue
Address 2:
Zip Code:78739
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Grounds: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30pm
Grounds: Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:30 pm
Visitors Gallery: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Visitors Gallery: Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Children's Little House: Wednesday, Friday - Sunday
Gift Store: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Gift Store: Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
* hours extended during Spring wildflower season
Admission:$6.00 adults
$5.00 students and seniors
$2.50 children age 5-12
Members and children age 4 and under free
* rates slightly higher during Spring wildflower season
Telephone:(512) 292-4200
K. W., Co-op Member
Visited on a Monday with my 3-year old. There was only one kindergarten class visiting that day (the website says fieldtrips can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday), so it was still easy for my child to get her hands on everything. She loved it, and I feel it is a great place to take a younger child! Only a couple of issues...the "paint the art car" exhibit outside was out of paint and no one ever refilled it, so no one could use it. The water exhibit is someone lackluster compared to other children's museums I have visited. Also some of the things that I expected to be large were rather small (the website gave the impression they were large), such as the "catch a fish in the river and cook it on the campfire" exhibit. I was expecting more than a cooler with fake ice and a set of magnetic fish from Lakeshore Learning! However, my child still loved it! One of the neatest parts is the grocery area, where kids can shop and run a little store. Another nice feature is that your receipt allows you to get in and out all day as you please. No food allowed inside, so it was nice to be able to leave for lunch and then return later! Gift shop was also well-stocked with Melissa and Doug toys, and they have a "deal of the week," this week being 20% off all Melissa and Doug play food.
K. W., Co-op Member
Sorry, the prior review was for McKenna Children's Museum, not the Wildflower Center! I went to the Wildflower Center toward the tail end of the wildflower season. While the entrance to the park is really pretty, once inside I did not find meadows of wildflowers as I had hoped. There is a "little house" for kids but I was unimpressed with it--it seems like schools may go in there and have someone speak to them, but there was no one in there when we went, just a few odd exhibits. There is a cute area for little toddlers next to the little house, where they can dig through rocks for plastic bugs and critters. When we made our way out to the trails is when the wildflower center disappointed me greatly. We tried to make the shortest loop, as I was walking with a toddler. However, the map they gave me at the entrance to the park did not match the trails. We ended up in some sort of staff-only area and no way to get back without backtracking the entire way. Boo!
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