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Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746 (South Austin)
512 477 8672
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Ranked #22 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.

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Bozeman, Montana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I found Zilker Botanical Garden totally by accident while looking for something quick to do before my flight back to Montana. Even in December there were flowers blooming. The gardens are well laid out and unfortunately I didn't have enough time to see it all.

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Austin, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Naturally, you can see lots of plants here. I love Zilker because of it's variety and size. Very nice place to relax for an afternoon. I'm a photographer, so I like to take pictures here.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Everything is beautiful. You actually come out with a lot of knowledge you didn't have going in. Extremely peaceful and well worth my time. Loved it.

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Boston
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Not the best way to spend your time if your visiting in the winter. I would assume that this place must be very nice in the summer and well worth it but very sparse in the off season. The Japanese gardens and ponds are very nice and well kept. Parking costs $3

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

You can see this garden in an hour or two. Highlights are a "dinosaur garden" with plants that have been around for millennia, a rose garden (would be beautiful in the summer), and a cactus garden. The jewel in the crown is definitely the Japanese garden, which is built on a hillside with running water all through it. Most Japanese... More 

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It was hard to find the entrance only one road leads to it. As a foreigner you have to pay more entrance fee. But for Ingress players it is worth it. When I visited it was late summer so it might be more interesting in spring time.

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Berthoud, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This Botanic Gardens is worth the entrance fee. It has a lot of trails throughout and if you miss one you may miss the hidden waterfall, the big goldfish, butterfies or even a dinosaur. Take your time and explore.

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Lodi, Italia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A really nice place where to spend some time relaxing and exploring the nature. Here you can find plants, flowers, a little nice waterfall, the japanese garden, a prehistoric garden, butterflis path and much more. A lot of nice spots for pictures too! entrance fee: 3$ for non residents.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A visit to the botanical gardens is a wonderful retreat. I have been in spring, summer and fall and each time it has been a treat and a feast for all senses. My kids have enjoyed it each time. From the time they first went at 7 yrs and 5 yrs to this last time at 15 yrs and 13... More 

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Chicago
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148 reviews 148 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Hoo boy. I wanted to like the Zilker Botanical Gardens, but I wasn't impressed. No matter where you go in the park, you hear the constant drone of nearby traffic. That really puts a damper on your ability to relax. I enjoyed the Japanese garden portion with its babbling faux streams. But most of the rest of the place seemed... More 

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