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Zilker Botanical Garden

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Neighborhood: South Austin
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Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
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+1 512-477-8672
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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Gorgeous Gardens to walk in and enjoy!

This garden area is beautiful! It is great to walk around and see all the plantings which are labeled. You can bring a snack or take great photos here. It is a good place to bring... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2015
Austin, Texas
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Oswego, Illinois
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Reviewed November 12, 2015

If you want a little quiet time. Not a lot of walking. Small, Probably prettier in the spring, but was still nice to visit in October

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed November 11, 2015

This garden area is beautiful! It is great to walk around and see all the plantings which are labeled. You can bring a snack or take great photos here. It is a good place to bring a stroller and walk the children. It is a bit too difficult a walk for the elderly.

Thank MuffinFamily
Mesquite, Texas
2 reviews
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Reviewed November 5, 2015

You get what you paid for ($3.00) Seems unkept and there were no flowers to see, or anything to make you go,"Awe!".Was there last week of October. The gift shop isn't all that either. Would not visit again.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

The signage for it isn't great so be prepared for a quick turn - it comes up fast! The gardens are quite varied and are nice and tranquil, so it is a very pleasant experience just walking around enjoying nature. October wasn't the best time to visit really - the roses and irises were more or less gone - but... More 

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Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
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Reviewed October 28, 2015

Striking views of downtown Austin from the Garden. Meander the paths. Enjoy the secret gardens. This is a must see. Probably the prettiest botanical gardens I've visited. Unassuming. Go!

Thank jmac350
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed October 27, 2015

This lovely botanical garden not far from Lady Bird Johnson Lake and easily accessible by bike, foot trail and car, is a delight. Trails wind through trees and plants that show the variety of life in the SW Texas region. Inexpensive and easily walkable by foot, the Garden deepens one's appreciation for the natural landscape of the area and efforts... More 

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McAlester, Oklahoma
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Reviewed October 24, 2015

This place is very nice with different sections of plants. There are alot of awesome features that are fun to see. It is quite and has good sitting areas to sit and enjoy the nature around you. The walk is a little bit ling if you want to see the whole thing, but there are great pathways that will take... More 

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Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a wonderful garden that has different sections with various plants. I loved the Japanese garden with a Koi pond and pagodas all over. the butterfly section has lots of butterfly and the is a prehistoric section with a Dino replica. Very Cool

Thank dianew917
Austin, TX
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Reviewed October 18, 2015

a great place to share a day with family. Varieties of activities. The dino park is really cool. Japanese garden, the koi, etc... can't end counting. It used to be free but now they do charge. Parking is a problem sometimes.

Thank Abu_hurayrah
Austin, Texas
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59 reviews
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Reviewed October 14, 2015

Zilker Gardens is a real nice place to go for a pleasant 30 minute walk... flowers, koi ponds, nice trails, nice rock work.... and across the street is a huge park with one of the most beautiful natural springs (Barton Springs) in Texas

Thank KPNEAustin

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