FIND YOUR PATH
There are so many opportunities to create your own adventure at the Wildflower Center. You can visit again and again and still find something new as seasons change, plants grow and new features arise. But navigating a large space can be overwhelming too.
To get you started, our experts have created the following itineraries:
Sun and Shade
Pop into the Center’s cool, shady places for a break from the Texas sun.
- Enjoy the cool quiet of the McDermott Learning Center, a restored 19th century carriage house.
- Find a perpetually refreshing spot under the Family Garden‘s waterfall.
- Tykes in tow? Stop in the Little House for an educational, creative interlude.
- Catch some air atop the Observation Tower, and check out Robb’s Roost on your way up — after all, what’s cooler than a green roof?
- Chill out on a shopping break to browse books, apparel and more in the Store.
- Our air-conditioned Wildflower Café offers lemonade, iced tea, and cool sandwiches and salads.
- Sit for a spell and watch a short film on Mrs. Johnson in the Visitors Gallery.
Follow this path to find opportunities for play and learning throughout the gardens.
- Hike to the top of the Tower to peer down at the surrounding world, including downtown Austin peaking over the horizon.
- Explore the Family Garden’s giant bird nests, creek and play lawn.
- Step through the tiny door to the Little House to find all sorts of fun indoor activities.
- Walk 1/3 mile out to swing beneath the Cathedral Oaks in the Arboretum. Not to be missed!
Walk the Wild Side
The Center’s natural spaces provide an engaging retreat into nature.
- The Texas Arboretum Trail (1 mile round-trip) is a great place to catch a glimpse of roadrunners and wildflowers.
- Take a shaded stroll along our 1/10-mile Woodland Trail and keep an eye out for sculptures of native wildlife.
- The shorter Savanna Meadow Trail provides nice views of wildflowers and the Center from afar. Great photo spots.
- The short John Barr Trail is a quick 1/4-mile loop that will give you a feel for our natural environment.
Looking for some good ideas for your garden?
- Find unique collections of Texas native plants in the Theme Gardens, such as edible plants, grasses and plants named for famous botanists.
- The Homeowner Gardens provide examples of different garden styles using native plants.
- The Pollinator Habitat Garden and Nectar Garden are great places to see what kinds of plants attract pollinators, such as monarch butterflies and bees.
If you are a plant nerd (or an aspiring one), this is the walk for you.
- Get thee to the Visitors Gallery pronto for an up-close look at what’s blooming, fruiting and setting seed today.
- The Theme Gardens are full of different species of plants collected under common motifs, such as sages and cacti.
- Beat the heat in the Woodland Garden, where you’ll find a diversity of plants adapted to shade and riparian areas.
- Before you arrive, explore the What’s in Season collection and our native plant database.