The Zilker Botanical Garden (31 acres; 125,000 m²) is a botanical garden of varied topography located on the south bank of the Colorado River at 2220 Barton Springs Road, near downtown Austin, Texas, United States.
Theme gardens include the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, The Riparian Streambed, The Hartman Prehistoric Garden, and The Mabel Davis Rose Garden.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Tina Smith | Nov 30, 2017
On a lovely winter day my toddler and I wandered around this garden for three hours. I’m sure someone without a kid could have seen everything; pioneer village, dinosaur garden, ponds and gift shop faster. For the two dollar admission fee this place is a total gem! I’ll definitely be back. And it’s dog friendly with tons of parking!
Cathy bosarge | Feb 18, 2018
Absolutely Gorgeous! Can only imagine it in the spring. The young lady at the gate has to be the happiest person i have ever met! Super sweet and helpful!
Lena McDole | Sep 17, 2017
Went here for the first time and we loved it. Our 1 year old had a blast strolling around and it's so pretty! Some areas was a little tough to walk with considering we had a stroller but that's more because she's so young still. I'm sure when we go back it'll be even better. Can't wait! The gift shop is also adorable.
Robert Sanders | Sep 29, 2017
A gotta-see place! The Japanese Garden is worth seeing! Such beauty and tranquility. First, the red fish greeted me. Then a few more came over. Then all of the fish came over and stayed long after I took several pictures. The ladies at the gift shop are great. Friendly, helpful and charming. I truly enjoyed my visit.
Meital Heber | Jan 21, 2018
This place is magical! It’s one of my favorites in Austin. Can’t wait to see the flowers in spring time!
Chris Bing | Mar 26, 2018
Decent-sized and pleasant if not spectacular botanical gardens. Only $2 to get in though so excellent value. We weren't asked if we were Austin residents though (and we clearly don't sound like we are), so not sure if the $3 is ever charged. They should consider pedestrian access, I know Americans drive everywhere, but it's in the middle of a park so why wouldn't they put a sidewalk along the last stretch of road to the entrance?
Aly L | Mar 30, 2018
Just an OK garden but not much variety in plants or flowers. There was a rose garden with some flowers, maybe they aren't in bloom yet. Overall not very impressive. The Japanese garden was okay. I liked the Koi fish but there were so many weeds, it was a shame. The gardens in SF are much nicer. The botanical gardens in AZ, IL, and CA are all much, much nicer so I couldn't compare to this place.. the price of $2 made it worth a look. I wouldn't recommend nor come back (as a visitor to Austin.)
Laura Andrews | Mar 20, 2018
This place was great. Super friendly people working there, the gardens were beautiful. Some of them weren’t blooming yet though. Took my big 95lb dog with me and also my sister. Super dog friendly.
Nadia Lynn | Mar 21, 2018
I visited in early March and most of the real garden stuff hadn’t grown and bloomed yet like roses and Lilly pads etc. but it was still very beautiful and worth the visit! Lots of trails and secluded areas, there was a lot more to see than I expected. My favorite was the prehistoric jurassic area!
C. Vega | Apr 25, 2018
It was a nice decent Garden for the small amount of money we payed. $3.00. My kids enjoy it and we did too. It was soothing just to be around nature. We live in a big city but we are originally from a Caribbean island so, we definitely enjoy the garden and the mini waterfalls. Nice treat... a reminder of home.
Chris Browne | Apr 16, 2018
The gardens were pretty bare and unimpressive. Given how beautiful the wildflowers are in the area, I expected a lot more. The garden is very small with almost nothing to see. The yards of the houses in Austin are prettier and better maintained. I saw about 5 butterflies in the butterfly garden. The roses inside were fairly small and seemed a month behind the ones growing all over the city. It would be a fine place to walk around if it were just a free park, but this is a botanical garden. The water was all full of rotting leaves, and I even saw a couple dead fish. This was the worst botanical garden I have been to by a wide margin. Maybe it will be more impressive in may or June, but I expected better when all the flowers have been blooming in Austin for a month.
Amy Justice | Apr 28, 2018
Very nice gardens. It's small but in the heart of the city so a good size relatively. The dinosaur garden is amazing!! The plants are lush and the waterfall helps the statues and fossils come alive!! Under the bridge in the Japanese garden many couples have declared their love for one another, even fictional couple Jim and Pam. Cute gift shop.
Lorena deAlejandro | Apr 24, 2018
A great place to visit and enjoy nature. Beautiful water featured and history abound. Pack a lunch and make sure to bring water. They have a cute little gift shop and there are tons of outdoor activities very close to the botanical gardens.
Riley Gruber | Jun 6, 2018
By far one of the best botanical garden I’ve been to in the United States. So much to see. Lots of different exhibits to keep you interested. Cute Japanese garden. Pretty waterfalls. Check it out!!
Luis Vargas | May 26, 2018
What a beautiful place to be. If you're a fan of nature and hikes I recommend you see it. I missed the fairy exhibit by a day but that is always their best attraction. The prices are reasonable and you can lose yourself in there for hours. Why aren't you there yet?
Ray Boarman | Jun 24, 2018
This place is purely amazing. The time and effort that must have went into it must have been incredible. It's so we'll thought out and well done. The gardeners perfectly capture the theme of each area perfectly with the use of the plants. It blows my mind. I HIGHLY recommend going if you are in the Austin area. You will not be disappointed.
Jack Morris | Jul 9, 2018
More folks should check this spot out. Great way to spend a few hours, especially for the botanically minded. Different than a lot of other municipal type gardens, it feels less like a zoo for plants than a series of winding paths through a nice park. Interesting stuff on offer. When I went, there was an indoor showing/competition(?) for regional bonsai enthusiasts, and it was crazy to see that stuff in person. Real cheap to get in, parking available, but not super accessible with public transportation :(
Julie Chacon | Jul 8, 2018
First time visiting, I took my family and puppies to a puppy event. After the event, we explored the property. I made sure to get a map from the garden center to know how to get back to my car. Hehe. The place was beautiful and educational. Even our pups enjoyed the visit. I didn't take advantage of the virtual tour but I look forward to accessing it on the next visit. Great place to take family, friends, kids, and dogs. I only wish there were more drinking water spots to help keep hydrated during this Austin summer heat. I visited 07/07/18 from 1:45 pm- 4:00.
Kendall Fontenot | Jun 13, 2018
This was a great place to visit. My family really enjoyed checking out all of the gardens. The Japanese and Prehistoric Gardens were our favorites. There was also a Fairy Garden full of fun and lovely fairy homes. I recommend going and plan on returning myself in the near future. 💕
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