Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, TX

Zilker Botanical Garden sits on 31 acres in downtown Austin Texas. The garden has live oaks on a hillside offering great panoramic views of downtown Austin and beyond as well as a lush shade getaway from urban life.

The botanical garden is home to theme gardens like the Riparian Streambed, Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Mabel Davis Rose, and Hartman Prehistoric Gardens. These gardens join each other via streams, pathways, and ponds filled with koi fish creating an urban haven with shaded hideaways, sunny lawns areas, and multiple native and cultivated plant species.

The botanical garden is managed through a PPP (Private-Public Partnership) involving the city and over 30 Austin TX garden clubs. Zilker Botanical Garden is open throughout the year. The garden receives 300,000+ local tourists, international tourists, and school-going children yearly.

Brief History

The garden’s history dates back to 1954 when six Austin TX garden clubs requested the city to create a Garden. In 1955, the city accepted. Zilker Botanical Garden was born a year later. The garden underwent massive renovations in 1996 to make it compliant with the ADA (American Disability Act) and make other improvements.

Events & Fun Activities

Zilker Botanical Garden hosts many events, the most notable being music and trail-related events. Spring blossoms can be welcomed while listening to live music and enjoying the serenity of the garden and great views. Trails start on the western side near Oak Grove. The garden has some directional signs that can be followed with ease.

Trails are filled with fun activities such as reading and walking, making it great for children to be more observant of their world. Story walks are also included and suitable for children of all ages. Other fun activities include search and find activities that involve looking for small magical faerie doors.

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Driving Directions

1. From Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, United States
To Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, 1005 E 40th St, Austin, TX 78751, United States

Take Barton Springs Rd, W Cesar Chavez St and I-35 N to E 40th St
Head southeast on Barton Springs Rd toward Stratford Dr
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S 1st St
Pass by the lake (on the right in 0.4 mi)
Turn right onto W Cesar Chavez St
Turn left onto N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Slight left to merge onto I-35 N
Keep left at the fork to stay on I-35 N
Take exit 237A toward Airport Blvd/51st St/Cameron Rd
Merge onto N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Turn left toward S IH 35 Frontage Rd
Turn left onto S IH 35 Frontage Rd
Pass by Public Storage (on the right)
Turn right onto E 40th St
Destination will be on the left

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