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Activities

The Wildflower Center is Family Friendly.  Try these fun things for kids and parents.

  • Check out a Discovery Pack from the Visitors Gallery
  • Scouts can check out backpacks from the Visitors Gallery to fulfill several badge requirements
  • Visit the Little House and scavenge for “bugs” in the courtyard containers
  • Catch a breeze on the swings in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum
  • Have a picnic. We have many picnic areas with tables and benches
  • Look for caterpillars in the insectary in spring and summer
  • Count the turtles and fish in the Wetland Pond
  • Walk on the trails and see native birds, wildflowers and more
  • Look for butterflies in the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden
  • Check out the interactive exhibits in the Visitors Gallery and the gallery cart for what’s blooming outdoors
  • Climb the San Antonio Tower to get an eagle’s eye view for miles

Wildflowers aren’t the only art we have.

  • Check out the exhibits in the McDermott Learning Center and The Store
  • Meet nature artists at select events—check wildflower.org for opportunities
  • Take your own art photos. (Commercial photographers must follow on-site policies)
  • Visit the media room in the Visitors Gallery and view Bruce Leander’s wildflower photos
  • Bring your sketchbook or easel and create your own art under the eaves in our courtyard or elsewhere

Want a fit body and a tranquil mind? The Wildflower Center brings nature and nurture together.

  • Take a run on the 1.1 mile groomed trail in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum
  • Take a short walk or hike along our trails and look for deer, roadrunners and other wildlife:  Arboretum, John Barr, and Research Trail (all ADA and stroller accessible)
  • Climb the San Antonio Tower for an expansive view of nature
  • Two-fer: Ride your bike in the free Veloway nearby and park it in our bike rack while you visit the gardens as a member (regular admissions apply otherwise)
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