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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

#8 in Best Things To Do in Austin

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Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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  • $10 for adults; free for kids 4 and younger
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

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  • Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Named for its creator, Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson), this center is a great place for nature lovers looking to kill time. Mrs. Johnson founded the center to educate fellow botanists about the benefits of planting and nurturing certain types of plants, a project that has revolutionized gardening habits in central Texas.

Today, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the United States' largest research library for native plant studies. Visitors flock from all over the country to enjoy more than 650 species of Texan flora – including bluebonnets and evening primrose – which flourishes on more than 12 acres of gardens and along two miles of hiking trails. The center also features an observation deck, a cafe and a gift shop. Visitors say it's pretty year-round, but the spring and summer provide the best chance to see the most flowers in bloom. 

Located about 10 miles southwest of the city center, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and $4 for children ages 5 to 17 (and free for children 4 years and younger). Part of the center, such as the gift shop and cafe, hold different hours. There are no public transportation options nearby, so driving is your best bet. For more information, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.

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Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson) founded the Wildflower Center to teach fellow botanists the importance of local flora.
Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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