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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 spent a nice hour walking around the gardens. I imagine it is more colorful in spring, but it was also pretty in late fall.a ice place to spend an hour on a nice day. admission is 2 dollars 
  • this garden is very nice and relaxing. There is a spot in their Japanese garden section where you can sit and take in the view of the city... its like being away yet so close. I would recommend this p...  more »
  • This garden is great for wandering, bringing the kids, finding a quiet spot to read or think, sharing with visitors, discovering with your significant other. Maintained by local gardeners it is always...  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.