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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

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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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  • From lush waterfalls with koi ponds, to prehistoric fauna with a dinosaur sculpture, to cacti, to rose gardens, to a towering bamboo forest, Zilker Botanical Garden presents a beautiful oasis of natur...  more »
  • If you are a gardener at any level, you should visit the Botanical Garden. We were lucky to see a Bonsai special exhibit on our visit. Some of the walking paths are a little difficult, but there is a ...  more »
  • I love lizards and the botanical garden had some cool wild ones that will pose for photos. I thought they were very generous with their time, which made them more lovable. Overall, the gardens are bea...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • This is a relatively small botanical garden. The place is divided into several themed area, some more interesting than others. I came here in the morning, so the place was quiet and there were not many other visitors. Didn't see many flowers or wildlife (butterflies, etc.) here, could be this wasn't the season for flowers. While there were directions along the trail, there wasn't any map showing your current location and its relation to other parts of the garden. The only place I saw a map of the whole garden (and different sections labelled) was at the parking lot. Overall this was a nice place for a short walk.
  • 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.
  • Great place to enjoy beautiful scenery. If you're a floral photographer, this is a great place to see many different flowers. Fantastic place for weddings and for wedding photography and quinceanera photography