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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

4.2
#7 of 28 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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  • My comments are based upon a visit in December: if time is short in Austin, The Zilker wouldn't be a priority for me. I would return when blooms are in season when perhaps the property might be better...  more »
  • I recently went here while I was visiting Austin. It is a beautiful and relaxing spaced. We spent about 2 hours walking through the park and that was plenty of time.  more »
  • Enjoyed walking through. peaceful, quiet, nice time to spend with family/spouse. have varied activities throughout the year.  more »
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  • Decent-sized and pleasant if not spectacular botanical gardens. Only $2 to get in though so excellent value. We weren't asked if we were Austin residents though (and we clearly don't sound like we are), so not sure if the $3 is ever charged. They should consider pedestrian access, I know Americans drive everywhere, but it's in the middle of a park so why wouldn't they put a sidewalk along the last stretch of road to the entrance?
  • Just an OK garden but not much variety in plants or flowers. There was a rose garden with some flowers, maybe they aren't in bloom yet. Overall not very impressive. The Japanese garden was okay. I liked the Koi fish but there were so many weeds, it was a shame. The gardens in SF are much nicer. The botanical gardens in AZ, IL, and CA are all much, much nicer so I couldn't compare to this place.. the price of $2 made it worth a look. I wouldn't recommend nor come back (as a visitor to Austin.)
  • This place was great. Super friendly people working there, the gardens were beautiful. Some of them weren’t blooming yet though. Took my big 95lb dog with me and also my sister. Super dog friendly.
  • I visited in early March and most of the real garden stuff hadn’t grown and bloomed yet like roses and Lilly pads etc. but it was still very beautiful and worth the visit! Lots of trails and secluded areas, there was a lot more to see than I expected. My favorite was the prehistoric jurassic area!
  • On a lovely winter day my toddler and I wandered around this garden for three hours. I’m sure someone without a kid could have seen everything; pioneer village, dinosaur garden, ponds and gift shop faster. For the two dollar admission fee this place is a total gem! I’ll definitely be back. And it’s dog friendly with tons of parking!
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