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Zilker Botanical Garden

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Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
Phone Number: 512 477 8672
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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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Floral and Fauna exploration fun

Always love to take my niece, nephews or friends with their children for a fun early weekend afternoon to walk pleasantly on the paths around the gardens. Very picturesque... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Xochtil69
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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a stroll with ample shade and sloped walkways, this is a nice spot. However, the plants seem to be lacking attention. I know color is hard to find in September, but varieties were limited. Several areas could have been better developed and many tags had no plants associated with them. The herb and butterfly gardens were... More 

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Austin, Texas
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always love to take my niece, nephews or friends with their children for a fun early weekend afternoon to walk pleasantly on the paths around the gardens. Very picturesque, fantastic instagram photo opportunities, relaxed atmosphere where the adults can casually converse while the kiddos run around (not too far) and enjoy the Austin must do for all families. Also, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVED it! I brought my 8 year old son and he had a blast . He said it was going to be so boring but ended up loving it. <3 I only paid 3 dollars for me and him.

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Thank Heather T
Sulphur, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a bike ride to this garden and it was well worth it. It was beautiful and a nice sunny day. There was a presentation with a tent full of butterflies and face painting for children. I recommend the shirts in the gift shop as well.

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Thank Melissa T
Austin, Texas
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This botanical gardens charges less than $3/person, making it one of the best deals in town. However, the gardens are far from great. Without the low admission price I would have to rate this attraction as just Good.The gardens are set up in distinctively different styles of plants and settings: cacti, bamboo/Asian/roses, etc. There are very few plant or flower... More 

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Bethany, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an incredibly affordable garden to visit. I think we paid $4 for the two of us to get in. The grounds are fairly small, but lovely. There's a surprising amount of variety in the different gardens. My favorite spot was the prehistoric garden. It features huge leafy fauna which really makes you feel as if you've gone back... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only $3 for non Austin residents. Great value, beautiful gardens. I would allow for 1-1.5 hrs to walk about. We were given a map when we paid for entry while still in the car - go inside and get a decent one. There is a very small gift shop - didn't see anywhere to eat.

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Thank J20ELA111
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Or purchase some at the gift shop! Apart from the bugs, the grounds are beautiful! Loved the prehistoric/dinosaur garden. Lots of little trails and side paths. Beautiful koi pond as well! As a non-resident of Texas it cost me only three dollars to get in and park!

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Thank jenebass
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place for a photoshoot! I have a thing for nature and flowers so if you do too you'll enjoy. I believe is a most if you want to spend some time without any rush.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We finally made it out to the gardens even though it isn't in the spring. We do know it would be a lot more colorful during that time frame but it was still worth the trip to go. Loved that it was only $2 since we live in Austin (only a dollar more if you don't) It is a lot... More 

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