Welcome to Legacy Plaza

A cultural and educational center in the heart of Texas honoring and celebrating early Native American history and life and highlighting their dependence on the region’s native plants and waterways.

Texas Botanical Gardens

The Gardens represent an area along the Colorado River in Central Texas exhibiting historical native plant communities, the lifeways of the first people to walk across Texas, and the conservation of natural resources in Texas. The Gardens feature sustainable design, use local materials in construction, conserve water, preserve natural resources, and promote appropriate plant and land use. 

Goldthwaite Welcome Center

The Welcome Center serves as a rest area for travelers, a gathering place for the local community, and is the gateway to the Texas Botanical Gardens. Its striking butterfly-shaped roof captures rainwater that is channeled into an underground cistern for irrigation. Stop in today, gather some travel information for your next Central Texas adventure, and stretch your legs in the Gardens!

Native American
Cultural Center

The people who called our state home 600-10,000 years ago are the focus of the Native American Interpretive Center and surrounding Botanical Gardens. Embedded clues remain in Central Texas today to give evidence of the presence of these ancient peoples. The Center will showcase and celebrate their lifestyles and their use of resources and plants.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

—Chief Seattle, Duwamish