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San Antonio Botanical Garden sprouts new family-friendly attractions opening soon

San Antonio Botanical Garden sprouts new family-friendly attractions

San Antonio Botanical Garden
Kids can get up close to nature at the new Family Adventure Garden. Photo courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden

It took a little time to get there (and more than a little green), but the Family Adventure Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden will finally open on March 3.

The new interactive area will be geared towards kids, offering them a hands-on environment to learn about nature. The 2.5-acre space offers themed galleries representing South Texas regions such as Tumble Hill and Thunder Ridge. Each area boasts opportunities for play, from tunneling and climbing to a Muhly grass maze. Sand features, ponds, and forts are scattered throughout, practically guaranteeing that little ones will need a nap on the car ride home.

Education is also a key component. The Acequia Tank lets visitors discover how recycled water is harvested, while Limestone Ledge lets kids explore fossil imprints. The Prickly Pear Pavilion, the centerpiece of the Family Adventure Garden, acts as an outdoor classroom as well as a hub for birthday parties and other events.

The area is part of an eight-acre, $22 million expansion. In October 2017, the first phase debuted, with a new welcome building, the H-E-B Discovery Center, a culinary garden, and a teaching kitchen. The final phase of the expansion will include an education and event center, event lawn, a new administration building, and renovations to the historic Sullivan Carriage House.

The grand opening celebration will feature tons of activities, including speakers like Mayor Ron Nirenberg, live music, lawn games, and culinary demos. There will also be plenty of bites from food trucks and the new Rosella at the Garden restaurant.