For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $8 for admission for two (up to a $14 value)
- $15 for admission for four (up to a $28 value)
- $21 for admission for six (up to a $42 value)
Visitors gain access to an orchid collection with 2,000 varieties, a screened butterfly house, a tropical plumeria garden, a hummingbird garden, resident reptiles exhibit, exotic parrot collection, and a rose garden. Also included in admission, visitors can peruse the Metal in Motion 2 exhibit, which includes 77 scrap metal creations scattered among the floral exhibits. The artist, Mark ‘Scrapdaddy’ Bradford, has had work featured on the likes of FOX, ESPN, and Comedy Central, however this exhibit marks the first time that his quirky metal creations are landing in a botanical garden.
Children younger than 3 are admitted free with a paying adult.
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Since opening in 1996, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center has grown like a weed, from 1 to 182 acres, providing a home for thousands of birds, butterflies, and blossoming plants. Their gardens, greenhouses, trails, and boardwalks are set into the landscape of the Oso Creek, allowing guests to observe species in their natural habitat without provoking the ire of territorial snapdragons. Following a mission to advance knowledge and appreciation of the environment, the organization also hosts classes and workshops on topics such as orchidology and cooking cactus for dinner. Members’ annual contributions help to sustain the nonprofit organization and garner them unlimited admission, discounts at Nature's Boutique, and invitations to members-only events, such as the annual member-plant dance. And those playing Pokémon Go may discover plenty of stops and gyms, as well as wild creatures throughout the grounds.