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“Nice Place for a Walk, But Nothing Special”

Zilker Botanical Garden
Ranked #43 of 339 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Compared to other Botanical Gardens around the world, Zilker Botanical Garden is just average at best. It is a pleasant place to stroll through, but when you compare to others I have been to, this just cannot stand up. It was not curated very well, no signage that highlighted what you would see or were seeing. Plus, there were a lot of wedding and professional photo shoots going on which made looking at things awkward as they were standing and taking photos in the nicest spots. Given that you have to pay (cash only FYI) to get in, they really should not allow so many photo shoots going on at once. Been to stunning botanical gardens around the world, including in the US, and most are free. This one just does not hold up.

Thank Gregory L
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Well worth the visit. This is a peaceful and beautiful place! Easy to get to and easy to park. Send a couple of hours in this amazing garden!

Thank Lori F
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

1st off we visited in December while on long walk and didn't expect much to be in bloom. Wasn't crowded which was great for us, quiet and peaceful. Really enjoyed the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden and the many butterflies on the Doug Blachly Butterfly Trail and Garden. I rated it average because if you've been to other city botanical gardens this will likely compare. Don't compare it to the NY Botanical Garden.

Thank bjm1271
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with flowers and herbs as well as koi fish !! Definitely worth visiting while near Barton springs !!

Thank Ariella A
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

I accompanied my husband on a business trip and took a walk to this botanical garden. It was pretty much the same as the ones in other cities. I walked there alone and around it as a female and felt safe. It was pretty.

Thank Esterina D
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