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Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
+1 512-477-8672
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Great for all ages

Japanese Tea Gardens, nature areas, quiet and peaceful areas located right downtown. You can enjoy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
charlesacarter
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Austin, Texas
Could easily be better and other months probably is.

Entry fee is reasonable to an attractive garden with some neglected areas. There are some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Davug
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Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“japanese garden” (110 reviews)
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2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
South Austin
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+1 512-477-8672
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Japanese Tea Gardens, nature areas, quiet and peaceful areas located right downtown. You can enjoy the visit in the heat of the summer.

Thank charlesacarter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entry fee is reasonable to an attractive garden with some neglected areas. There are some highlights amongst the low points. There is a feeling that more resources and staff are needed to achieve a more inspiring environment.

Thank Davug
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a good place to spend a couple of hours, between flours and a few degrees cooler than downtown. Stop down bt the pool across the street.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice garden, and a good value at $2. We particularly enjoyed the Japanese-themed portions. The two negatives are proximity to loop 1 (a lot of road noise) and inconsistent labeling of the plants. In some areas, everything was labeled; in others, not...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our teenagers to visit the gardens and it was wonderful. They added new sections to the garden and it was beautiful. The Asian area had small trees and koi ponds. They could have left out the fairy area because it was very strange...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Third it is really bad in terms of the different areas. They are all lame. Not enough interesting things to see, Exhibits are tiny and not cared for, all was very dry. (Why have a botanical garden when water is an issue and the weather...More

Thank Nance T
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A nice, quite place to get away in the beauty of a garden. Only issues are lack of a lot of signage, which one of the gardeners told us they are working on. It is a very hilly terrane and rather difficult for someone older...More

Thank Dean C
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Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

I visited the gardens with my husband while we were in town for vacation. The prehistoric and Japanese gardens were definitely the highlight. I felt like the gardens as a whole were lacking some signage. I kept seeing interesting flowers and plants that I wanted...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

If you just want to go for a short nice walk, I guess this is for you. It really didn't do anything for me or my wife in terms of plant life or wildlife.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Overcast day just right for spending a few hours at Austin’s Zilker Botanical Gardens. This urban garden nearly lets you forget that you’re in a large city; however, some areas are close to the highway and the sounds of cars speeding by is unsettling. This...More

Thank Mary P
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MaMaw W
December 25, 2017|
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Response from Diego C | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are open. Did you come?
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amandastorey14
October 5, 2017|
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Response from Diego C | Reviewed this property |
While there are no picnic tables, I doubt that anyone on staff will tell you to get out if they see you eating. Definitely no fires.
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FrChristopher
April 21, 2017|
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Response from Adsoul | Reviewed this property |
At the garden, pets are not allowed, but there is a section in the park( the opposite area) that people go with their pets and play there, just be sure to bring a leash( since I do not know the rules regarding that).
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