Botanical Garden in San Antonio
All flower lovers should visit the San Antonio Botanical Gardens to see the kinds of flowers that can be successfully grown in our city. The gardens are on 33 acres right in the middle of the city of San Antonio and flowers bloom through the year.
The garden first opened on May 3, 1980. According to their website, their mission is “to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.”
You can learn about plants that grow best here, what the best water-saving plants are, conservation methods, along with learning about how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden at home. This is a great place to take your home-schooled children and let them learn firsthand about gardening and plants.
There are family programs as well as children’s programs, teaching how to grow your own garden. A calendar of events throughout the year is listed on their website. So if live in San Antonio, or if you visit during the “off” season, you can still have an enjoyable time at the gardens.
Make a day of it and enjoy brunch or lunch at the Carriage House Bistro. There is also a gift shop for you to do some souvenir shopping. You can go into the gift shop without paying admission since it is right by the entrance to the park.
Amazing Butterflies at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
The Amazing Butterflies exhibit is an interactive maze that teaches kids (and adults too!) about the life cycle of butterflies. We visited the exhibit, which was developed by the Natural History Museum of London and Minotaur Mazes, on the Tuesday morning after its big opening weekend. Like the rest of the state, the botanical garden is starting to show signs of the drought that has plagued Texas. However, the butterfly exhibit is worth a visit.
Amazing Butterflies features hands-on exhibits that focus on each stage of a butterfly’s life. Although a few of the games weren’t operational (perhaps because we visited after the busy opening weekend), most of the interactive features captured the interest of my four-year-old daughter. She especially liked collecting stamps on her flower card, which can be obtained from the front desk where you purchase your tickets.
Visitors make their way through the maze by answering questions, with each answer taking kids down a different path (or to a dead end).
Although the maze is fine for all ages, I think it is best for kids ages 4-6.
When you visit, remember that the botanical garden offers discounts for seniors, students, and children. Kids age 2 and under are free. Also, you can bring your San Antonio Public Library card to receive $1 off your admission ticket.
Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children from the ages of three through 13, and $5 for senior citizens, ages 65 and over. Children under three get in free. No pets are allowed. The garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
San Antonio Botanical Gardens is located at 555 Funston @ North New Braunfels Avenue.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209