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Zilker Botanical Garden

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Address: 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746
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+1 512-477-8672
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid...

Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.

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Nice Place

Ended up walking here from downtown (not recommended!). Once we arrived, it was very pleasant. Signs are easy to follow to each section. Gift shop was nice.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chloe N
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ended up walking here from downtown (not recommended!). Once we arrived, it was very pleasant. Signs are easy to follow to each section. Gift shop was nice.

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you do wrong at a botanical garden? If you're in Texas: plenty. Obviously underfunded and under-planted the garden sooner or later will be called a desert garden. The noise from the crowded Austin roads around the garden does not make it a pleasant oasis of tranquility and reflection. It used to be great, but then growth kicked in,... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really liked this botanical garden. While it was a little colder, so there were less flowers growing, it is a pretty cool space. There are a lot of unique structures and it is a pretty large botanical garden. I love the bridge and waterfall part of the garden.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The day after I arrived in Austin temperature plunged to the 20's. The wind was blowing and we had to put on tons of clothes, but I was determined to go. It was still beautiful. Some of the plants were damaged, but the cactus garden was fine. There must be something about the location that protected them. Anyway I have... More 

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Rock Sound, Eleuthera
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cool day but the walk in the park kept us warm and enjoying the sites. The areas of the 'water fall', 'the fish pond', and the overlooking the city skyline were my favourite areas. The walk was innovating, yet quiet enough to enjoy the atmosphere and nature. A good place to wind down after a long week.

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WidnesCheshireEngland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved going with my family here as Austin is usually a lot hotter than England and has beautiful plants/flowers due to the sun and the irrigation. This place is a must when visiting Austin and worth every penny or should I say dime!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I spent a nice hour walking around the gardens. I imagine it is more colorful in spring, but it was also pretty in late fall.a ice place to spend an hour on a nice day. admission is 2 dollars

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

this garden is very nice and relaxing. There is a spot in their Japanese garden section where you can sit and take in the view of the city... its like being away yet so close. I would recommend this place if you need to just enjoy nature without having to travel far from the city.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

This garden is great for wandering, bringing the kids, finding a quiet spot to read or think, sharing with visitors, discovering with your significant other. Maintained by local gardeners it is always in tip-top shape. Beautiful grounds and lots of educational tidbits throughout.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

The garden is master-planned, beautiful and relaxing. Is a good place to visit with kids, or on your own to find serenity. We like coming here, it is very enjoyable. It could be crowded during the week-ends and Zilker Park events, but even then it allows you to breath in and out.

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