San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is a slice of paradise centrally located in this city, about 7 miles from the airport and 3 miles from the downtown area. The Gardens, part of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, were founded in 1980 and occupy 33 acres at 555 Funston Place. They are opened year round from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. The grounds are wheelchair accessible. There is always something going on at the Botanical Gardens.
The Botanical Gardens consist of three main sections that make it a great tourist attraction. The Gardens includes four formal beds that change seasonally. The Lucile Halsell Conservatory, opened in 1988, consists of climate-controlled buildings that house plants from different environments. The Texas Native Trail showcases native plants from 3 of Texas’ ecological regions along with reconstructed houses to give it an authentic appearance.
The Carriage House Bistro is located on the premises of the Botanical Gardens. It is opened 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on weekdays and for brunch on the weekends. If that is not to your liking, there are plenty of restaurants in this tourist town to satisfy your cravings. You will find anything from fast food restaurants to local Mexican restaurants to hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops. You have a wide selection of hotels to stay on your visit to San Antonio, from the inexpensive on the main thoroughfares to the luxurious by the San Antonio River Walk.