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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

(4.2/5 based on 550+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • It's nice and shady, lots of beautiful spots for photos. We saw a bride posing for her photos. No need to worry about getting a sunburn. It cost us $3 for non-resident and the senior citizen with us w...  more »
  • I love botanical gardens and had high expectations for this one in the city of Austin. Austin! How could it be so bad? What a disappointment. It is clear there is very little maintenance done. There w...  more »
  • Nice couple of hours strolling through the park. We went the first week in April - not a lot of blooming but there are several interesting venues. We particularly like the vegatable garden that showed...  more »
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  • Very beautiful and clean. Not one bug bit me. I really like how the plants were well managed. The maps were horribly drawn up though and paths were kind of small. But all in all aesthetically pleasing.
  • Beautiful garden. Not necessarily stroller friendly (at least the paths that we went on). It's nice to get out and enjoy nature sometimes.
  • We had a really fun here. It gets crowded but we were able to park in the main lot. It was very affordable but all outdoors so you have to make sure it is not too hot out.
  • Beautiful garden. Held all my children's attention for hours. So many cool things to explore
  • Great butterflies. I'll try to return in the spring when more flowers were in bloom. October isn't the time to go to any botanical garden.