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Zilker Botanical Garden

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Neighbourhood: South Austin
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Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746-5737
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+1 512-477-8672
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30

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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Great spot to take a walk, interesting plants, tree's and fish

We decided to take a hike in the City and Zilker Botanical Garden's was surprisingly cool. Beautiful plants, tree's etc. Much better than we expected.

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Drew D
Olney, Maryland
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Austin, Texas
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great garden to visit in town. Much bigger than I expected. Could use some more flowers to help really make it a botanical. I've been 3 times so far and is quite open so you aren't crawling over other people to enjoy a nice day out.

Thank HelenChenTX
Austin, Texas
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187 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Austin botanical garden is something of a shadow of what it once was - and certainly what it could be, if our city fathers and mothers were more concerned about their community than staying in office to waste taxpayer dollars. Nothing has been pruned or weeded in quite some time. The buildings and walkways are tired and in need... More 

Thank Barrett A
Georgetown, TX
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128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entry to the botanical gardens is from the very busy Barton Springs Road, and there is only a right turn onto the road when exiting. There is a nominal entry fee per person. The gardens are relatively small, but there are a number of areas including a Rose Garden, Prehistoric Garden, and Japanese Garden among others. We were surprised at... More 

Thank David B
Cedar Park, Texas
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there yesterday for the first time in years.What a disappointment. Is anyone managing the flora in this place? Weeds everywhere. Nothing blooming. No feng shui at all. Really bad experience.

Thank _mdsandifer
Olney, Maryland
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69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We decided to take a hike in the City and Zilker Botanical Garden's was surprisingly cool. Beautiful plants, tree's etc. Much better than we expected.

Thank Drew D
Greenville, Texas
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's nice and shady, lots of beautiful spots for photos. We saw a bride posing for her photos. No need to worry about getting a sunburn. It cost us $3 for non-resident and the senior citizen with us was charged $1 so it was very inexpensive. It is tricky getting in and out. The sign sneaks up and you must... More 

Thank threemckees
Flagstaff, Arizona
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167 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I love botanical gardens and had high expectations for this one in the city of Austin. Austin! How could it be so bad? What a disappointment. It is clear there is very little maintenance done. There were leaves and trash everywhere. Pathways were broken and uneven and presented serious trip hazards for anyone let alone children and the elderly. The... More 

Thank 2kwaldo
Round Rock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Nice couple of hours strolling through the park. We went the first week in April - not a lot of blooming but there are several interesting venues. We particularly like the vegatable garden that showed different ways to have a garden in an urban setting. We'll probably try the hay bale garden - the teens did not show as much... More 

Thank papawdowns
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

My wife and I went their for a plant show. The natural nature trails, full of plants and running water are so beautiful. The restrooms which can be important are clean as well. GO ENJOY.

Thank 263kenj
Woodville, Texas
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Went on 100th anniversary day and had free admission. Went primarily for Japanese garden, which is outstanding.

Thank PapaO759

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