Most, if not all, major cities have botanical gardens, but San Antonio’s 33-acre garden has some unique features, including the Sensory Garden (Garden for the Blind), the Kumamoto En Garden—a gift from San Antonio’s sister city, Kumamoto, Japan—which was blessed by a Shinto priest, and the Native Texas Trail. If you’re limited on time, be sure to see the $6.9 million Lucile Halsell Conservatory, a complex of stunning glass buildings that house a diverse array of plants. Enter at ground level, walk through the 16-foot tunnel, and come out in the open-air courtyard. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children up to age 13, and $5 for military and seniors. Guided tours can be pre-arranged by calling, but you can still have a great experience walking through on your own. Plan your visit for the morning hours, then stay and have lunch at the Carriage House Bistro (closes at 2PM).
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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