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Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746 (South Austin)
512 477 8672
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Ranked #28 of 182 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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San Benito, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It is almost like a dream, the garden's tranquility and scenery transport you to a magical place. I realy enjoyed the variety and arrangement of this beautifull garden. Perfect place to introduce your kids to volunteer work. A great variety of gardens, with labeled plants and foliage. The staff are really courteous and nice. There are benches where you can... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

In early September the gardens are not at their peak, but go for the Japanese gardens, designed by Isamu Taniguchi. Go to the stone tea house and read the plaque with his words about gardens, traditions and humanity. Lovely.

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Dryden, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited the Zilker Botanical Garden for a pre wedding tea. The gardens are well maintained and well worth walking about. The staff is friendly and are very helpful.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We love plants, so we had to check out the gardens. Even found a green rose, and some unusual herbs.

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Bryan, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

There is nothing i can complain about with the botanical gardens. We went as soon as they opened so it wasn't too hot. Def. worth checking out if your in Austin.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

August in Texas is hot. That is a given. We enjoyed the shade provided by the plants but found the gardens themselves to be a bit overgrown and rather like a jungle. Signage for the plants was worn and difficult to read. We loved seeing the Pioneer Village and Butterfly Garden. We also met filmmakers who were in the process... More

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Midland, Texas, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful gardens! The Japanese gardens were my favorite. The walk is cool even in 100 degree weather. It was perfect for my kids. Tons of water features and a great entrance price. Would go again.

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

These gardens are just ok. The Japanese part is pretty decent (though nowhere near as good as the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco). Other sections are severely lacking. There is a part that is supposed to have desert type plants, it literally has about a handful of cactus and that is all. The butterfly garden had about 2 butterflies... More

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a great place to go and take pictures. Make sure you take bug spray if you go when it's hot. I recommend going when it's cooler to actually enjoy it! Beautiful area!

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Frisco, TX
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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