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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
A chance to connect to nature just a short drive from Austin's busy downtown, Zilker Botanical Garden encompasses over 12 hectares (31 acres) of varied topography on the south bank of the Colorado River. Originally established in 1955, the garden now features exotic, native, and hybrid plants. A welcome escape from the city's hustle and bustle, this nature park contains several themed gardens interconnected by scenic trails. Begin your visit with a walk to the prehistoric garden, designed to represent plants from the Cretaceous Period when dinosaurs roamed these grounds. The garden also includes a life-size sculpture of an Ornithomimus, the dinosaur believed to have left his tracks here. In the Japanese garden you'll find a teahouse to explore. To visit Zilker Botanical Garden and other attractions in Austin, use our Austin vacation generator.
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  • This is part of what's collectively known as Zilker Park. It's the most amazing part, in my opinion. The plants are lush and fragrant, and frankly overwhelming. It takes some time to go through the ga...  read more »
  • That place is great and nice! The view is amazing and you can swim and make barbecue! It's safe and easy to go there and enjoy the day walking around the park! 
  • I forgot we were in the middle of a bustling city! The botanical garden is beautiful, peaceful and rich with historical artifacts mixed within the plant life. We ended up taking a seat and hosting an ...  read more »
  • Nice place for a detour if you're already spending some outdoor time in Zilker park. It's a nice place to relax, stroll around, and enjoy the fresh air. Great place for picture taking too. There are some unique local plants here but overall as a botanical garden, the quality is so-so. Come in the spring or the fall when the weather is more manageable.
  • Excellent garden. Very nice place. The different gardens were very nice and the plants were labeled. The Fairy Trail is going now so there are many different Fairy habitats presented. Most were very artistic and the kids put some work into them.
  • A lot of fun, even in the rain! A nice place to come if you're looking for a dog-friendly and beautiful detour in the city. If you're with a baby/have a stroller, stay on the ADA trails, but if you're a little more adventurous the non-ADA trails are also beautiful.
  • Absolutely gorgeous getaway. Perfect if you're looking for an atmospheric date night spot, or searching for natural beauty to renew your creative vigor.
  • My kids love going to this place, they love to take lots of pictures with different types of flowers, they like walking along the trails and stop to see the gold fish, we like everything except the fact that theres lots of mosquitoes so dont forget to bring a repellent :) it's very nice :)
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