We love the San Antonio Botanical Garden! My children are crazy for all things nature, plants and butterflies. None the less, I was shocked at how much they enjoyed our trip to the Botanical Garden last fall. We are currently planning our Spring trip.
We began our field trip with a little study of the Garden map. Our field trips are the perfect hands-on application of mapping skills.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden covers 38 gorgeous acres right in the center of the city. The map guides you down the trails, through the Piney Forest, over to the Children’s Vegetable Garden, up to the indoor Conservatory . . .
The entrance to the Gardens is surrounded by pots overflowing with flowers . . .
Giant elephant ears waving you, “this way, this way” . . .
And trails flanked by bountiful flowerbeds.
The Formal Garden illustrates how to mix flowering plants, herbs, leafy greens and ornamentals. Newly planted, I know these formal designs will be splendid when fully grown and filled-in.
From the Formal Garden we caught our first glimpse of a dinosaur. At the time of our visit, the San Antonio Botanical Garden was hosting a Dinosaur Stampede. Life size prehistoric creatures where displayed throughout the gardens. You can check sabot.org, their education page and the up to date website calendar for special events and educational opportunities:
- Summer Camps
- Little Sprouts Monday
- Children’s Vegetable Garden
- Homeschool Class
- Starlight Movies in the Gardens
- Art in the Gardens
The Butterfly Garden was of course the favorite of my kiddos. My photos could not capture the abundance of butterflies that were flying from plant to plant in this area. The butterflies weren’t quite as thick as the movie Flight of the Butterflies, but that is what it reminded me of.
Butterflies everywhere drinking up nectar.
Thank goodness for the Pond Garden to draw my kiddos away from the butterflies. Stunning water lilies.
What Piney Woods right in the middle of the city! Amazing to find a small lake surrounded by a forest of trees. Snuggled within the trees are authentic Texas Pioneer Cabins moved on-sight. The one room cabins gave the children a much greater appreciation for how simply people once lived. Tied in perfect with our year long study on the founding of America, The American Revolution and Texas History.
The Conservatory houses quite a variety of habitats. The children were truly charmed by the rainforest.
I want this Wisteria Arbor in my yard! Peaceful and lovely windows looking out upon a secret garden world. Dreaming!
We couldn’t make it out of the San Antonio Botanical Garden without one more visit to the Butterfly Garden!
“15 more minutes and then we’re leaving. 10 more minutes and then we’re leaving. 5 more minutes and then were leaving. Okay, 5 more minutes and then we’re leaving. Really this time, 5 more minutes and then we’re leaving. Okay, this time we’re really leaving . . .”
Don’t miss the San Antonio Botanical Garden! Beautiful trails, wide open spaces for exploring and peaceful spots for gazing. Our photos only scratch the surface of what there is to see.
Things to Know Before You Go:
- Open Year Round, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Children $5.00. Adults $8.00
- San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, Texas 78209
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