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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

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#7 of 20 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. To visit Zilker Botanical Garden and other attractions in Austin, use our Austin vacation generator.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Nice small botanical garden. Some native plants, a cactus garden, some historical exhibits, a prehistoric garden with sagos and other ancient plants, and a lovely small Japanese garden. Pleasant walk.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    It is a very nice place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone with this interest. Very nice. We enjoyed it.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    It is a very quiet journey, it is like riding in a beautifully maintained park... highly recommended to go with family and the idea of a time tranquil, at peace, surrounded by nature. It's not very big, but nor is it boy, I think that it is a place to visit in a couple of hours (3 maximum). The prices are very affordable.
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  • May 17, 2017
    The beautiful, natural landscapes, water scapes, unique theme sections are just heavenly. It's sort of a mix of the Dallas Arboretum (but a FRACTION of the price) and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. I loved the Japanese gardens the most--so nicely designed and serene. Got an outstanding glimpse of downtown Austin from the hillside we were standing on within the Botanical Gardens--breathtaking! This is a JEWEL of Austin--and only $3 a person. Best priced attraction in Texas.
  • April 14, 2017
    Such a cute little place! We visited in April and the spring flowers were all bloomed, lots of beautiful wildflowers and butterflies flying all around us! There's lots of little trails and it was a beautiful place to just walk around and get lost in it and yourself. The Japanese garden is fascinating and we loved the koi pond- in addition to the fish we saw turtles and water snakes swimming. The cacti garden was super cool (we're from up north so we don't get to see cacti regularly) and I also loved the part which showed different composting methods! I've been gardening for the past few years and am planning on starting a compost this spring and it gave me some great ideas. My boyfriend LOVED the wind chimes- random, but it's a big set and they are very beautiful and melodic. Also very reasonably priced!! Thank you!
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful winding pathways pass babbling brooks that cascade down rocks. Lovely Japanese garden. Heard a talk by a Master Gardener about container gardens. Great day!
  • June 29, 2017
    They have the best Japanese garden I've ever seen! The fairy garden is cute too. This place is great. It's affordable too.
  • June 6, 2017
    Visited the woodland faerie trail. Attractive and impressive. Girls love them as much as they can. The reason for 4 star is the ugly and dirty restroom and with a lot of big spiders which scare kids.

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