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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

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#7 of 20 in Parks in Austin
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. A visit to Zilker Botanical Garden represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Austin road trip tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Even though my trip was after prime flower season, I still really enjoyed our walk through this garden. it's big, we didnt quite get to see it all. it's dog friendly as long as they are on a leash.  more »
  • 32 garden clubs collaborated to make this park. Great specimen plants for Texas regions. Butterfly gardens in full buzz. Fun to walk through the Cretaceous Prehistoric Garden. Super low admission pric...  more »
  • I wanted to vist this garden with my wife. I thought it would be enjoyable for the two of us and it was, very much so. They had several differant areas throughout the gardens of differant types of pla...  more »
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  • The beautiful, natural landscapes, water scapes, unique theme sections are just heavenly. It's sort of a mix of the Dallas Arboretum (but a FRACTION of the price) and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. I loved the Japanese gardens the most--so nicely designed and serene. Got an outstanding glimpse of downtown Austin from the hillside we were standing on within the Botanical Gardens--breathtaking! This is a JEWEL of Austin--and only $3 a person. Best priced attraction in Texas.
  • Such a cute little place! We visited in April and the spring flowers were all bloomed, lots of beautiful wildflowers and butterflies flying all around us! There's lots of little trails and it was a beautiful place to just walk around and get lost in it and yourself. The Japanese garden is fascinating and we loved the koi pond- in addition to the fish we saw turtles and water snakes swimming. The cacti garden was super cool (we're from up north so we don't get to see cacti regularly) and I also loved the part which showed different composting methods! I've been gardening for the past few years and am planning on starting a compost this spring and it gave me some great ideas. My boyfriend LOVED the wind chimes- random, but it's a big set and they are very beautiful and melodic. Also very reasonably priced!! Thank you!
  • Beautiful winding pathways pass babbling brooks that cascade down rocks. Lovely Japanese garden. Heard a talk by a Master Gardener about container gardens. Great day!
  • They have the best Japanese garden I've ever seen! The fairy garden is cute too. This place is great. It's affordable too.
  • Visited the woodland faerie trail. Attractive and impressive. Girls love them as much as they can. The reason for 4 star is the ugly and dirty restroom and with a lot of big spiders which scare kids.

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