The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership to San Antonio Botanical Garden. Choose one of the following options:
- For $32, you get a family membership, good for two adults living in the same household plus their children under age 18 (a $65 value).
- For $22, you get an individual membership (a $45 value).
Featured on Martha Stewart's radio blog and named one of best attractions in San Antonio by Frommer's, the San Antonio Botanical Garden boasts nearly 40 acres of flora and fauna, a glass conservatory, and a host of special events throughout the year. With a one-year membership, you'll get the following:
- Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden
- Invitation to a members-only plant sale
- Discounted admission to special events such as Concerts Under the Stars
- Early entry to Gardens by Moonlight and discounted admission on tickets purchased the day of the event
- 10% discount at the Garden Gate Gift Shop
- 10% discount on all plants at Botanical Society plant sales
- Free subscription to the Botanical Society's newsletter
- Reciprocal privileges at nearly 200 gardens, arboreta, and conservatories
Lone Star State lovers can admire the indigenous plants of the region along the Native Texas Trail, while San Antonio Botanical Garden's sparkling lake makes for the ideal location to meet a family of hungry ducks or a gaggle of mind-reading turtles. Horticulture gurus can also visit the Botanical Garden's glass conservatory for indoor plant-scoping, then browse the full-size gift shop for extra botany booty.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden has been featured by the Martha Stewart Radio Blog and was named one of the Best of San Antonio in Two Days by Frommer's. Yelpers give it a four-star average, Yahoo! Travelers give it a 4.5-star average, and TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- I recently visited The San Antonio Botanical Garden, and they make it clear from the first moment that you are entering a place of botanical beauty and dramatic visual effects, not just a place of learning and study. …and in my experience there, they definitely succeed. See for yourself! – Stacey Hirvela, Martha Stewart Radio Blog
- I spent all day wandering, taking in the beauty, and enjoying as much of the garden as I could. It was peaceful and educational. Take a camera and extra batteries! There were exhibits that were fun for kids and plenty of room to let them wander. – Mary, Yahoo! Travel
San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden, which rests on 38 acres, not only dazzles visitors with bright sunflowers and roses, aquatic plants, and a glass display case filled with orchids, but it also teaches them about the local and world flora with informative exhibits. Four large, formal beds showcase seasonally rotating displays, and the Texas Native Trail features representative species from Hill Country, East Texas Piney Woods, and South Texas. Encompassing a wider array of biomes, the Lucile Halsell Conservatory boasts collections of tropical fruits and desert cacti housed within glass buildings that surround the sunken tropical lagoon.
Aside from these exhibits, the botanical garden also hosts summer-camp sessions, school-group programs, and classes for adults as well as children. These programs include lectures and hands-on lessons that discuss local plants and which garden insects are helpful and which are harmful.