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Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746 (South Austin)
512 477 8672
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Ranked #24 of 180 attractions in Austin
Type: Gardens
Description: Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
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Frisco, TX
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We loved the lush green trees and unique trails and water ways. The Japanese Garden is so peaceful and worth the trip by itself. We really enjoyed being able to walk with our little dog we are traveling with. Entry fee for non-residents is $3 per adult and a real bargain compared to most other botanical gardens.

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Didn't see everything, but thoroughly enjoyed what we saw -- especially the Japanese Garden, built with love by a Japanese donor. The garden is free, but there is a small fee of $2 per person to park in their lot.

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Austin, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've been here before in the Spring, and there was much more blooming and more interesting sights. This time I went in May, and by that time it was too late-- most everything was already dry. However, it's inexpensive and a nice place to just chill for a bit. Staff is incredibly friendly. Parking is limited.

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den
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This place was pure magic!!! Hidden paths, streams, flowers, bugs. I loved this place! Don't miss the Japanese garden.

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Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was a HOT day in July when we visited the Botanical Garden. I'd say the plants were also suffering from the heat. Hardly anything was blooming and most plants looked dried up. That being said, the shady trees in the garden provided some relief from the sun. My husband would like to review JUST the water fountain inside the... More

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Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were disappointed in the park. Expected it to be beautiful, the only pretty park was the Japanese garden.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Looking for something to do outdoors during the heat of the summer that provided some shade. Lovely gardens and paths. Plenty of butterflies, hummingbirds and gechos encountered! Beautiful photo opportunties!

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Pearland, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

This place is huge and has an incredible amount of infrastructure (pathways, bridges, water, walkways, hills, etc) but nothing pretty to look at. It appears to be neglected and poison ivy Everywhere! This place has huge potential. Don't expect to spend just an hour.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have visited Zilker Botanical Garden at least five times, often with our grandchildren. It is well laid-out, has lovely water features and a great tropical garden with a wonderful raptor statue. We especially enjoy the Asian pools and waterfalls.

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Emory, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Beautiful and educational. Pretty flowers and everything else, family friendly and teenager liked it too.

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