Need activities for the kids during Spring Break? Do you have visitors coming to stay with you this spring? Experience the San Antonio Botanical Garden - an urban oasis of color right in the heart of the city. The Garden offers two types of guided tours during Spring Break, March 9-15, and a guided birdwalk on March 21. Plus, families can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beauty of the Garden's natural surroundings. Bring a camera along for photos of the children posing with colorful wooden cut-outs specially decorated for the spring.
Tours in the Garden are free with admission
Tours conducted by trained volunteers will be offered each morning March 9-15 at 10:30 a.m. The Garden Tour includes the history of the Garden as well as information on the Formal Gardens' colorful plantings, the exotic plants found in the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, and native vegetation found along the Texas Native Trail. The Watersaver Walk tour takes visitors along the SAWS-sponsored Watersaver Lane which showcases a cluster of miniature cottages. Each cottage has a different architectural style and is complemented by its own attractive front yard planted with water-friendly landscaping.
These tours start at the Carriage House and are filled on a first come, first served basis with an 18-person limit. The Garden Tour will be offered March 10, 12 and 14. The Watersaver Walk is scheduled for March 9, 11, 13 and 15.
Another tour offered during Spring Break is the Beginner's Birdwalk on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. Birding enthusiasts are encouraged to explore the Garden's 33 acres for resident, breeding and migratory species. An updated list of birds seen at the Botanical Garden can be found at www.sabot.org or ask for one at the Garden entrance.
Spring Break Children's Camp is "Blooming Fun"
Explore plants and wildlife at the Botanical Garden during the "Blooming Fun" Spring Break Camp for children ages 7-11 years old. Hands-on activities include adventures in gardening, botany, and butterflies/bird/bugs. Kids can join the fun Monday through Friday, March 9-13 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $175 per child. Botanical Society members pay only $150 per child.
To register for camp, go to www.sabot.org or call 210-207-3270.
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Food, Gifts and More
Bring a blanket to enjoy a picnic lunch or eat in the Carriage House Bistro. Special children's items on the Bistro menu will please everyone's appetite. The Bistro offers a scrumptious brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Be sure to stop by Garden Gate Gift Shop for spring items including a large selection of gardening books and tools, creative children's toys, spring home decor and exquisite clothing and jewelry.
Garden admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-13, $5 for seniors, military and students. San Antonio Botanical Society members enjoy free admission. Group rates for 15 or more are available.
The Botanical Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue with free parking. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation. For more information, the public can visit www.sabot.org.