The San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The beautiful San Antonio Botanical Gardens cover 33 acres in a central location north of downtown. This attraction is made up of walkways through various plant exhibits from different geographical areas and different terrains. The mission statement of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens is "connecting people to the plant world through experience, education, and research." They also connect people to the plant world through natural beauty and environmental enjoyment.
About the San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The idea of having a botanical garden in San Antonio was first envisioned in the 1940's. That vision became a reality in 1976 when construction commenced. Four years later the San Antonio Botanical Gardens officially opened on May 3, 1980. The Botanical Gardens are part of a larger complex known as the San Antonio Botanical Center which also includes the San Antonio Garden Center. The two together make up what is known as the San Antonio Botanical Center. Operated by the San Antonio Botanical Society, the Botanical Gardens are owned and maintained by the City of San Antonio.
Visiting the San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The garden is open 9 to 5 year round except on New Year's Day and Christmas Day. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and lower for seniors, military and children. If you were to visit the gardens at one time of the year and then go back six months later, you would see an entirely different color scheme. That is one of the fabulous things about the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Visitors are able to see the seasonal changes and effects that occur within this beautiful garden attraction. The fragrance of the Botanical Gardens is oftentimes almost magical. In fact part of the Botanical Center is designated a "sensory garden" because of the pleasant floral aroma. The sensory garden is a garden that you don't even have to see to enjoy.
Other formal gardens are displayed throughout the Botanical Garden Center consisting of everything from water gardens to desert gardens. The walking path takes you through several native Texas vegetation environments including the Hill Country, Piney Woods and south Texas. The San Antonio Botanical Garden Center is truly a peaceful and relaxing attraction that is nothing short of gorgeous. The Botanical Gardens hold events throughout the year for a variety of occasions. For those seeking a laid back San Antonio attraction, this one is strongly recommended.
Botanical Gardens Location
Located near the center of San Antonio, the Botanical Gardens are just east of Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Zoo and a little over 2 miles north of downtown.
San Antonio, TX 78209