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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
  • There are so many beautiful flowers and plants for everyone to enjoy. You can tell there was a lot of planning put into the set up and you all will enjoy it. Take your cameras there are A LOT of photo...  more »
  • We walked the various gardens and enjoyed the quiet. The gift shop staff were very helpful with directions for getting around town. Hard to believe it in in the center of the city.  more »
  • The botanical garden isceell maintained and is a great value forca very low cost. They are making substantial investment and kmprovements that should be complete by Sumner 2017.  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.