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South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi

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The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a nonprofit, 180-acre botanical garden and nature center located at 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas. It is open daily; an admission fee is charged.

The gardens can be traced to 1987 when a first cottage garden (1 acre) and nature trail opened in Corpus Christi. Today's gardens, however, are on a different site that opened in 1996. The gardens have been actively developed since that time.

Major exhibits now include an arid garden; Exhibit House with bromeliads, cycads, cacti, and succulents; hibiscus garden; hummingbird garden; landscape demonstration beds; orchid house with more than 3000 orchids; a major collection of more than 100 plumeria varieties; contemporary rose garden with a large pavilion; sensory garden; and water garden.

The site also contains a mesquite nature trail through 30 acres (120,000 m2) of brush. It features some 35 species of woody trees and shrubs, herbs, grasses, and cacti, as well as white-tailed deer, collared peccaries, and coyotes.
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  • Beautiful rose garden, bird blinds, trails, boardwalks and viewing decks over 2 lakes, butterfly house, orchid house, parrots, reptiles and a hummingbird garden. Playground.Bunny petting area for... 
    Beautiful rose garden, bird blinds, trails, boardwalks and viewing decks over 2 lakes, butterfly house, orchid house, parrots, reptiles and a hummingbird garden. Playground.Bunny petting area for...  more »
  • Small but well done gardens. Also has some animal exhibits, which I think are all rescues. Highly recommend the orchid house! 
    Small but well done gardens. Also has some animal exhibits, which I think are all rescues. Highly recommend the orchid house!  more »
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  • This was a super fun place to visit. It has more of a "ma and pa" feel vs corporate run. We came begging of spring and it's beautiful. Can't imagine what it would be like when everything is in full bloom. Super fun place to visit. Good for all ages. They have lots of birds abs reptiles. There were a few mosquitoes out, so bring bug spray!
  • What a great place to get out and stretch your legs. A good bit of everything and I'd take it over a plain roadside rest point any day. Mostly dog friendly (a couple of live animal enclosures are the only thing our pup wasn't allowed in). They appear to be rebuilding the bridges, but with how crazy lumber pricing is its understandably slow... All and all it was a pleasant place to walk around for a couple hours, and the orchid house smelled delightful. The parrots were very talkative, one even waves when it says hello.

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