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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin
(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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TripAdvisor
  • i love this place iv only been there 3 times but every time i pass it i always want to stop by and walk the path thanks to Yobored for helping me find this place they did a awesome article about this ...  more »
  • Beautiful ponds and landscaping. Lovely rose garden in the late spring/early summer. Popular wedding locale. Nice for a leisurely stroll. 
  • We stopped here on our recent visit to Austin and spent a lovely few hours wandering these well cared for grounds. There are several different areas within the garden including a Japanese garden with ...  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.