Traveling is the perfect form of therapy. The opportunity to visit new places, soak up the culture, and experience new sights and sounds is what makes travel so important to me and my family. We try to include some natural scenery everywhere we visit, but options are often limited when traveling to a large city. Unless, of course, a botanical gardens is nearby, and that is exactly what we discovered on a recent visit to the beautiful and historic city of San Antonio, Texas.
San Antonio Botanical Garden is a great way to get away from the workaday world and enjoy some peace and quiet surrounded by lush landscaping. Located just north of downtown, this beautifully landscaped attraction is well- maintained and contains a wide variety of plants and flowers.
Botanical gardens exist in many American cities and most have something unique to offer. San Antonio Botanical Garden exceeded my experience at most other urban gardens for several reasons. At the top of the list has to be the varied plants and beautiful colors. They appeal to your senses in so many ways and place you in a peaceful state of mind. Even my two girls loved the great natural beauty and they commented on how pretty and nice the plants and flowers looked as they walked and skipped along from place to place. Me and Mrs. Money Saving Parent liked that, along with the natural beauty, San Antonio Botanical Garden is educational. The educational aspects continue all the way to the kid’s vegetable garden, a special exhibit where local kids plant different foods and learn about agriculture and its importance.
The great natural beauty is reason enough to visit San Antonio Botanical Garden, but there’s more. It’s common to find special exhibits throughout the year, building in some way on the natural theme. When we visited, there were several Lego block displays with flowers, lawn mowers, bees, and more constructed entirely from tens of thousands of Lego blocks. There was even an area where kids could build their own shapes and designs using Lego blocks. This was a great idea because it provided some needed fun for the kiddos and some down time for mom and dad to either rest or continue looking and learning about the plants and flowers.
San Antonio Botanical Garden is easy to walk through and most guests will have little trouble going from one area to the next. There is some climbing and steps in certain sections, but not enough to discourage most who visit. A walk through the 33 acre garden will take about two hours, depending on what you decide to see and do. There are plenty of restrooms along the way, vending machines for quick refreshment, an on- site bistro for a quick meal, and a gift shop for souvenirs.
Plan Your Visit
We like to include natural scenery when we travel and San Antonio Botanical Garden is a great way to soak up some nature while visiting this important historical city. The garden is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day and it’s one of the finest examples of its kind, with an amazing variety of plants and flowers, meticulous maintenance and care, and special exhibits year- round. It’s a great way to get the therapy that only nature can provide, deep in the heart of Texas.
Copyright 2014, Bryan Carey