One of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities, the 180-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center showcases nine uniquely-designed floral exhibits and gardens, including the acclaimed Orchid House and Plumeria Garden--plus the Bromeliad Conservatory and Butterfly House both opening in 2009.
Situated along Oso Creek on Corpus Christi’s affluent south side, this unlikely blend of beauty in the wild nearly touches the northern reaches of the world-famous King Ranch, placing it in an intriguing wildlife corridor. Gator Lake, a shaded bird & butterfly trail, birding tower, wetlands boardwalk and Oso Loop Trail make this a key site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail for both shore birds and woodland song birds. This nature tourism destination also showcases a gardens tailored to specific environmental, animal and plant species, including hummingbirds, butterflies, roses, bromeliads, orchids, arid plants, and a sensory garden.
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Adults (3-59): $8; Seniors (60), students (ID) and active military (ID): $6; Ages 4-12: $4; Age 3 and under and members: Free
Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended hours June-Labor Day). Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.