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“Underwhelmed...”

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
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Owner description: A tranquil respite from city stress, this collection of gardens soothes the soul with walking trails, 2500 varieties of orchids, an idyllic rose garden, desert and tropical flowers, wetlands, forest and many opportunities for bird watching.
Texas
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed...”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

We've passed by this place for the past few years and found a deal on Groupon so we decided to check it out. They had several caged exotic birds and a tortoise pen, but they were not indigenous species. They had a a butterfly garden with a few species of butterflies, Did not observe any info on which species are migratory, the migratory routes and seasons... There was an orchid house and a bromiliad house... OK for the enthusiast, but not enough info to keep the curious, casual observer engaged. The paths were quite overgrown with Huisache(trees with thorny branches that made the paths nearly unnavigable), especially treacherous for those with young children. The Plumeria seemed to be the main attraction, they are pretty, fragrant, and plentiful near the entrance, but I'd say they're not worth the $7 per head admission fee to the facility. If you're a bird watcher, the pier crosses a marsh that affords good views of the shorebirds, but the backdrop is hardly a natural setting as you have a subdivision that occupies much of the horizon. Very little information on the trails to highlight local flora and fauna you may encounter on the trail... the one exception... ample signage warning of Western Diamondback Rattle Snakes. Limited appeal, limited information, limited educational value. I didn't want to write a negative review, but this place was truly an underwhelming experience. More informational placards to inform and educate visitors of what their viewing, and more overhead trail maintenance to keep the thorns from attacking visitors would have gone a long way in making this a worthwhile destination, otherwise, it was just another outing in the boonies with a $7 pricetag. Not recommended.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tropical paradise”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

so many orchids so little time.. so many cacti, beautiful plants proved inspirational to this city dweller. Just a lovely lovely place.

Visited October 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

The many fragrant varieties of Plumeria were in bloom for our visit. AWe enjoyed rambling along the paths of this large area and found some very entertaining birds along the way! The snakes, lizards, and turtles in the main building were very interesting to see as well. We would have liked for more of the native plants to have been labeled since we are in the process of creating a bird and butterfly habitat in our backyard.

The butterfly enclosure was fun to experience the hundreds of butterflys fluttering all around us.

Visited August 2013
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Bergheim, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing any time of year”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

The nature path was great. I enjoyed the orchid greenhouse and butterfly garden a lot. Can't wait to come back when the roses are all in bloom. This would be a great place for a wedding.

Visited April 2013
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Katy, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice but...”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

This was a very nice walk on a very hot day. As another reviewer said, make sure you have water on your walk. The animals such as the snakes, lizards, and turtles inside the main building was a hit for my son and daughter. The birds in the cages outside were awesome as well. When it came to the walk it was like taking a walk on a nice trail in a park. As I said it was nice, but a little overpriced.

Visited August 2013
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