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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

#7 of 32 in Parks in Austin
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. A visit to Zilker Botanical Garden represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Austin road trip tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Zilker Botanical Gardens was a fun place to stroll for an hour. Parts of the garden were more manicured and parts were left native but all we're worth the stroll. There are several ponds and...  more »
  • This was an AWESOME Trip. Very well kept with nice scenery and a peaceful walk. It was affordable too. $2 per person if you are an Austin resident and $3 per person if you are a Non-Austin resident. They have restrooms inside the Garden Center and they were pretty clean. You can also obtain a map of the garden grounds to help you navigate. They have Bottle Water, Gatorade, and other beverages for sale. There is a $5 minimum though for you to use your credit card. Nice family outing or date spot though. My husband and I will definitely visit again.
  • An Austin gem that will set you back the princely sum of $2. Seriously, check it out. It even works on a hot day as their is plentiful shade. Surprisingly large and involved, the Botanical Gardens have mystery and beauty nicely mixed. Water features, lush greenery, and critters converge to make this a gem for the nature inclined.

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