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Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746 (South Austin)
512 477 8672
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Ranked #27 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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Copperas Cove, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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
36 helpful votes 36 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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