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Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

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#6 of 33 in Parks in Austin
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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. 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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  • I’ve been to at least half a dozen Japanese gardens, and the one here might be my favorite. Everywhere you look, there’s a beautiful view. The prehistoric garden is nice, too. Great views of the city....  more
    I’ve been to at least half a dozen Japanese gardens, and the one here might be my favorite. Everywhere you look, there’s a beautiful view. The prehistoric garden is nice, too. Great views of the city....  more »
  • We went on a Thursday afternoon and it was not crowded at all. Plenty of room to meander and enjoy the grounds. Felt very lucky to go during the temporary neon art displays (only thru April 2022... 
    We went on a Thursday afternoon and it was not crowded at all. Plenty of room to meander and enjoy the grounds. Felt very lucky to go during the temporary neon art displays (only thru April 2022...  more »
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  • An absolutely gorgeous garden with something for every nature lover to connect with. Been to Botanical gardens all across the country. This is easily one of best. Gorgeous views of city. Wildlife abounds. Various gardens within garden make for stunning vista's 360 degrees round. I would say gift shop leaves a lot to be desired if you are into that sort of thing however. Gardens were stunning and I would go back weekly.
  • Very nice portion of the greater Zilker Park area. We visited on 2 April when the weather was beautiful and everyone in the greater Austin area was out enjoying it. Not a whole lot was blooming yet in the garden, but you could see where things would be when it was consistently warm and plants could grow. Nice place, relaxing walk around. We'll have to go back again.

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