The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, was founded by Mrs. Johnson, for whom the park is named, and the actress Helen Hayes. It is filled with gardens and walking trails that protect and preserve the native plants and landscapes found in North America. Besides the public gardens, it is also a research center for the University of Texas at Austin. Visitors who come to Austin can enjoy a walk along the four trails (none longer than a mile). There are a number of places within a short drive of the center.
Hotel National At Camden Stoneleigh
The Hotel National at Camden Stoneleigh is the closest hotel to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is within walking distance, at 1 1/2 miles away. The hotel has large suites that are suitable for families, an outdoor pool with fountain and fitness center. Pets are allowed in the rooms.
Barton Creek Resort and Spa
Barton Creek Resort and Spa is a 4,000-acre resort that is about 7 1/2 miles from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Here you will find the two top-rated resort golf courses in Texas, a full-service spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, miniature golf course and four restaurants. The resort offers a children’s program for the kids. Barton Creek is a AAA four-diamond resort.
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark pampers both children and adults. It is located less than eight miles from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Children get a backpack when they check-in filled with games and gifts for kids. The on-site restaurant also prepares special dishes just for children. Adults can visit the Trinity Spa at the hotel for a Swedish massage or a therapeutic massage. Other hotel features include an indoor/outdoor pool, gift shop and in-room fitness kit. Pets under 25 pounds are allowed with a $50 non-refundable fee.
The Casulo Hotel
Located a little more than eight miles from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Casulo Hotel bills itself as “a blend of urban chic and Zen simplicity.” The rooms vary from a deluxe room of 340 square feet to a balcony suite with 653 square feet. Each room is decorated to complement the Zen lifestyle. The baths in particular are noted for their waterfalls, rain shower heads and 6-foot long tubs. It is located 10 minutes from the airport and five minutes south of downtown Austin.