South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offers color, classes, and coastal culture year-round. The beautiful gardens cover 180 acres that back up to King Ranch and are laden with lush greenery, exotic flowers, a butterfly sanctuary, and a hummingbird garden.

The center also has demonstration trial gardens, an imaginative sensory garden, exotic parrots and reptiles in residence — just to name a few of the many exhibits and features.

And since South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center only closes on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, it’s a great place for family outings any time of the year.

PARROT TALKS

Meet the gardens’ wide collection of more than 40 birds anytime, but visit at 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for special presentations.

REP-TALES

Visit the Resident Reptiles exhibit anytime as well, but come at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for special presentations at one of the newest exhibits. About 40 reptiles occupy tanks and other enclosures in the Visitors Center.

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