The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 33-acre (130,000 m2), non-profit botanical garden in San Antonio, Texas, United States, and the city's official botanical garden.
The garden was first conceived in the 1940s by Mrs. R. R. Witt and Mrs. Joseph Murphy, who organized the San Antonio Garden Center. The two went on to develop a master plan for a city botanical center in the late 1960s. The site of the master plan was a former limestone quarry and waterworks area owned by the city. Voters approved $265,000 in bonds in 1970, which was the catalyst for funding the new gardens. Ground was broken for the new facilities on July 21, 1976 and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens officially opened to the public on May 3, 1980.
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|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Firmin Hickey | Feb 19, 2018
The gardens are coming into season, the new family area will be opening soon. Plan a visit, you will enjoy your time there. Come often as we approach Spring the gardens will have many changes. There is a major renovation project underway, we will miss the old water area and the fountain, these features were icons of the garden. New water features will never be the same. Come anyway a great place to visit.
Maria Cantu | Mar 2, 2018
Beautiful place to visit. I take my home daycare here on field trips often. Kids from ages 1 yr - 11 yr old get to explore at their own pace. Lots to see and learn. This is our safe and healthier place to visit during this nasty flu season. Lots of fresh air and excersice for all of us. So many things that attract any age. We have season passes every yr!!
Karen Stokes | Feb 25, 2018
Beautiful place to walk and take photographs. I would rate it 5 stars but it costs $10.00 to get in. That was the Senior Discount rate. Otherwise it us a beautiful location. They have many events, theater, and musical events. They have educational classes. Unique gift shop.
Ian Sunder | Jan 26, 2018
One of the most awe-inspiring places you can go. It is a completely different world that you can escape to when work or college becomes to much. It is a perfect blend of nature and modern craftsmanship mixed with old fashioned stonework paths as well. There is also a kids section that, even to a college student, looks pretty entertaining. This place is a must see if you are in San Antonio.
Mary Pead | Feb 8, 2018
Man o man this place is BEAUTIFUL! This Botanical park is amazing, many many different types of terrain for different varieties of plants including several (many) indoor biomes. The Tallest point in Texas is here too! For bird/duck lovers they have many feeders, a 1 way glass viewing area and large duck, turtle & fish pond. Although it was 102 the day we were there we spent 3.5 hours here, I loved it!! It was very sad that there were probably less than 10 people there that day. Please go visit, you'll enjoy😁
Josefina Tso-Guillen | Mar 21, 2018
Our family loves this place, especially now with the Family Adventure Garden. My son easily spends hours there, playing in the water, building things with sticks, rolling down the hill, playing house, digging in the sand pits. Make sure you go all the way to the back of the garden, there are fun houses and a theater setup that kids enjoy. It is definitely worth coming out! There is a shaded sitting area, with 2 bathrooms in the kids garden and a big lawn for running around or laying down on a blanket. Make sure to bring hats and an extra change of clothes. The gift shop at the entrance also has a few snacks, ice pops and drinks to keep hungry ones happy if you forget to pack food. Kids and adults will also enjoy exploring the rest of the gardens, especially the lake. It is a peaceful and wonderful place to relax.
Jennifer M | Mar 25, 2018
Do yourself a favor and go here. It's the most peaceful place in the city. The gardens are well maintained. Staff are friendly and informative. There's lots of room for the kids to roam without worrying about them getting away from you or out of your sight. The events are fantastic, although parking can sometimes be a problem with their more popular events. The new remodel was a great addition! Can't wait to spend more time here!
Diana Diaz | Apr 5, 2018
LOVE this place! I recommend getting the membership. It is worth it because you will want to be back and it will pay for itself. They host events for kids and adults (member discount). I even love coming here on my own and walking around the various areas, it is so PEACEFUL and RELAXING. Our botanical garden is beautiful!
L PS | Mar 20, 2018
Beautiful Lush scenery. Lots of walking. Don't forget sunblock and allergy medicine and bottled water. Parking is fair.. Admission prices are reasonable 12.00 adult and 9 kids. Picturesque. You can plan a wedding here also. Restaurant with full bar and brunch. Dogs are welcome in most areas of the grounds. Great family area and awesome HEB grown food with cooking demonstrations. All around great place to visit alone or with the family.
angelicbeaver | Apr 30, 2018
Wonderful place to learn about plants, especially given the focus on Texas natives. I get to see plants here that I've only seen in guide books. The greenhouses are great. My favorite is the show room with the tropical plants. The air is so fresh, especially in the heat of summer. With the addition of the family adventure garden, my kids have been excited to return.
Deborah Helton | Apr 28, 2018
We love to visit botanical gardens. It is relaxing and gives you lots of ideas for your own gardens , on a smaller scale of course. There is a family garden where children can explore and run and play. The conservatories are very informative and educational. Of course the plants are beautiful and grouped with other plants that require the same needs.
Chelsea Cox | Apr 14, 2018
we had an excellent time at the botanical gardens with my family! It is incredibly family friendly and would be the perfect spot to relax during the summer with the kids letting them run around. There are grassy areas to have picnics, flowing rivers that aren't deep enough that you would need to worry about younger ones but just deep enough that you can cool down. I highly recommend it!
Aida Gutierrez | May 29, 2018
Great for kids.. . mine had a blast. Not for you is you are looking for something cheap (we pay $52 to get in) but my kids had lots of fund and they really enjoyed ( to my surprise) walking in the green houses and learning about plants. Go prepare with extra clothes, towels and sunscreen. bring snacks and water.
Delta Fajardo | Jul 8, 2018
HUGE! I couldn't get through it in a day. Luckily that some areas, like the kids discovery section that had a general summary garden of plants and flowers of what was in the entire garden in a smaller area. I was hoping to see more flowers than plants. They had many flowers, though. I was also hoping for tons more variety in the flowers, but again, it's a huge park, so I probably missed something. That said, it was a great experience, the staff were very friendly and helpful, too!
Carolyn | Jun 30, 2018
Wonderful place for a family trip. I don't think I can say enough great things about the gardens. Food and drinks are allowed, and it is a beautiful place for a picnic. The new family centers are wonderful. Clean and well-maintained paths and buildings. Really appreciate the water bottle refill stations at the water fountains! If you live in the area, a membership is worth it. The special events are fun, such as Brews and Blooms, and there are several member-only events. The cafe is also great and a popular spot for lunch. You can access it directly without entrance to the garden, and it is close to Fort Sam.
Spencer marchmon | Jun 21, 2018
This was by far one of my favorite outings in San Antonio. The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is a fantastic place for kids, families, couples, or anyone with curiosity. The Botanical Gardens is a bevy of learning and information coupled with healthy, outdoor fun. The staff were all very friendly and informed about the various plant species. My personal favorite section is the edible plants greenhouse. I learned a lot about where certain spices and food come from and grow, as well as how to identify them. If you're looking for a cheap and healthy outing, thus is it! Just be mindful about visiting in the summer, (it's HOT) as a lot of the garden is outdoors.
Travis Witt | Jun 11, 2018
We visited the San Antonio Botanical Gardens the other day and had a great time. The gardens are nicely maintained and contain an impressive variety of plant specimens from around the world. It was especially interesting walking through the different greenhouses in the conservatory. There were a number of families visiting on the Sunday we went. There is a nice area for small children to play in the water or on the lawns, as well as activity/learning areas. The only improvements I would recommend would be to provide additional shaded areas in the back of the park since Texas summer can be quite hot. We would have spent more time in the park had there been areas to sit and relax under a tree or canopy. Construction was underway near the entrance, so we would like to return after the expansion is complete.
Mary-Lynn Herrington | Jun 29, 2018
Definitely not worth $51. That’s a bit outrageous.. for looking at flowers, greenery and plants. We like the garden area. The veggies grown should be picked and donated instead of not being picked and used. The kids enjoyed all the different color plants and all the fountains. Wish the kid discovery area was more enter active and more things to do. The ponds could of actually had fish in them.. probably won’t be a place we go back to.
Lawrence Hau | Aug 4, 2018
We’ve been members here for a few years now and it’s some of the best money I’ve spent. Firstly, the place is meticulously maintained. It’s evident the staff actually care about the place. Secondly, the new wing is awesome. Very modern to the point it feels more like walking in an art museum. Thirdly, if you have kids, this is a no brainer. They have a very well done and extensive family garden for young kids (below twelve probably) and they’re one of the few family places open at 9am. If you’ve ever lived a San Antonio summer, you realize that by noon you are probably inside the rest of the day :-)
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