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Zilker Botanical Garden

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Beautiful Garden

We made a quick trip here while we were in Austin. We really enjoyed the place especially the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dallas, Texas
Inviting water features and Japanese garden

This place restored my soul in under an hour. Found this the perfect place to decompress after an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
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2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
South Austin
+1 512-477-8672
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Reviewed yesterday

We made a quick trip here while we were in Austin. We really enjoyed the place especially the Japanese garden.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KMM2013_03
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a warning that the paths and stone steps in the Japanese garden are dangerous. The garden is shabby, and an insult to lovers of Japanese gardens, poorly graded and planted. Trucks are roaring past on a highway only a few yards away, spewing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank srmagdalene
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place restored my soul in under an hour. Found this the perfect place to decompress after an intense week of work while in Austin on business. The Japanese garden has a story beautifully told in a few well-placed plaques. Whether you know the background...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ElleAhr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time at the gardens, even this early in the growing season. The meanderings paths were fun to explore, the dinosaur area was cool and the Japanese garden was a real bonus. Lots of great history and a very nice gift shop....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Onthego1950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s beautiful in Spring and Summer, very pretty and serene. It’s actually much larger than I first thought. I love how they’ve divided in the garden into different areas.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mallafri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just enjoyable. Lots of paths wander up and down the gentle slope. Climb down over an arch on curvy stone steps that wind back around under the arch and then stepping stones to a fun bridge to walk over. Spent an enjoyable afternoon

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dashdashdashdash
Reviewed 7 February 2019

Even in early Feb when many foliage is not in bloom, it was lovely. The Japanese Gardens were very well done. Nice spot to relax.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LovesToTravel85254
Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

A couch surfing new friend brought me to several nature places close to downtown and this was the winner! A very relaxing and beautiful place even in winter time! I urge everyone to visit and stop by the gift shop too! Follow me here on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Upekkhapr
Reviewed 16 January 2019

As far as botanical gardens go - it is nice.. not overwhelming and not the plant lovers dream.. but a nice low key activity.. solid 3/5 starts....go if u have a day or better yet - free admission ? :)

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Irene P
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

Gosh what a disappointment........ Not worth the $3 entry fee....... These gardens are sad and neglected. I realise that we were visiting in winter so didn’t expect a huge amount of flowering plants but wow the place looks so tragic. Weeds everywhere and the “cactus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank harleymarginwalker
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17 March 2019|
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Response from dashdashdashdash | Reviewed this property |
We didn't see any fairies or gnomes! That would have been fun
MaMaw W
26 December 2017|
Response from Diego C | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are open. Did you come?
6 October 2017|
Response from Diego C | Reviewed this property |
While there are no picnic tables, I doubt that anyone on staff will tell you to get out if they see you eating. Definitely no fires.