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“Nice, but not worth an hour drive to get to it”

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.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Gardens was small, animals and birds in cages, butterfly pavilion was nice. Very hot day and few places to sit in the shade. Wetland overlook was OK for bird watching. Very interesting
and eclectic collection of art work throughout the gardens. Drove from Port Aransas to see, so was disappointed there was not more of a collection of plants and flowers.

Thank banjowine
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

It's been a year since I visited there. It's a small area but many beautiful plants packed into it. I especially liked the Orchid exhibit and the Butterfly exhibit. They were outstanding!

Thank silverchickadee
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

While there are some beautiful flowers and plants, this is much more than that. There is a great butterfly exhibit where they fly all around you, and might even land on your head if you are still. There are several wetland boardwalks, and several lookouts, and a nice pond with with many birds. There is an outstanding children's playground area including their "Monkey House". Lots o creative sculptures all around. Spend a few hours just taking a nature walk. Kids will enjoy it. Easy to get there and is well worth it.

Thank beachboywantabe
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

The flower gardens were lovely, the exotic birds were interesting (if noisy), and the butterflies were pretty. But, I did not feel comfortable following the trails myself because of the constant posted warnings about deadly snakes in the area. Not to mention passing "gator" lake....
The gift shop is GREAT!

2  Thank Mree2014
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

I am not super into flowers or plants but I was hoping to enjoy a nice long walk around the gardens and enjoy the beautiful weather and flora/fauna. That's exactly what I got! I loved the birds and the butterfly house, and really enjoyed the metal sculptures throughout the area that is part of a limited-time art exhibition. I suggest bringing a big bottle of water and some sunblock!

Thank JamieLynn2158
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