The Zilker Botanical Garden has reopened, subject to ongoing restrictions and possible reclosures based on CDC and Austin Public Health guidelines.  Zilker Botanical Garden outdoor space only at 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size 

Please check the Closure page for update.


Please enjoy your visit while observing safe practices:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance, and entries are limited each hour to ensure ability for social distancing. Please visit to purchase tickets. Conservancy members receiving free admission must reserve a time.
  • Masks are required, and a one-way route through the Garden—especially on narrow trails—is strongly encouraged. Social distancing remains important.
  • While the outdoor Garden is open, the Garden Center building remains closed except for restroom access and water bottle filling (water fountain nozzle for direct drinking is closed off, but water bottle filler can still be used.)
  • The Garden is not accepting reservations for rentals, meetings, or special events at this time.
  • Photography sessions are allowed. No advance scheduling is required; please pay the photography permit when you purchase your tickets. No space is available for use as a dressing room, and restrooms may not be used for this purpose.
  • Filming permits are required for commercial filming.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Zilker Botanical Garden!

Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 28 acres nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, Zilker Botanical Garden is often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Riparian Streambed, and Rose Garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds, while the Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates a Cretaceous habitat filled with plants from the time of the dinosaurs. Featuring heritage live oaks set into a hillside, the Garden offers a lush, shady respite perfect for an urban get-away stroll.

Zilker Botanical Garden is a public-private partnership between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and The Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy (ZGBC), which manages over 30 garden clubs through the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 125,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities.

Admission Fees
tarifas de admission

Adults • Adultos  
   Austin Residents $6.00
   Non-residents $8.00
Children 2 and under • Niños menores de 2 años  
   Free • Gratis  
Children 3 – 17 • Niños entre 3 y 17 años  
   Austin Residents $3.00
   Non-residents $4.00

Seniors 62 and older • Personas mayores de 62 años

   Austin Residents $5.00
   Non-residents $7.00
Photography Session Fee • Tarifa de sesíon de fotografía $50.00

- Garden Members receive free admission every day – we invite you to join!  We participate in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Membership Program.

- The Garden invites all families with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, WIC cards, STAR cards, CHIP cards, Medicaid cards, and MAP identification cards to show their card(s) to receive FREE General Admission tickets for up to 4 individuals per card – just show your card and a photo ID (Special programs and events excluded).

Virtual Tour

Participate in an innovative Virtual Tour of the Zilker Botanical Gardens for use on phones, tablets, and computers which is available in both English and Spanish. Click on either version for a guided tour of our featured gardens:

English Virtual Tour link for Zilker Botanical GardensSpanish Virtual Tour link for Zilker Botanical Gardens

This is a large download, you may experience delays. Please let us know your experience and we will work to make this exciting new educational guide to our gardens more user friendly. We also would like to know how the information was helpful to you as well as what information you would like in future.

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Featured Gardens:

The Garden is open year-round, and closes only on the following holidays and Zilker Park Events:
New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, Zilker Kite Festival, and ACL Music Festival and any other events that close road access through Zilker Park.

Garden Rentals

Zilker Botanical Garden is a lovely setting for your event! Weddings, parties, memorial services, corporate retreats and other events may be held at the Garden, and multiple spaces are available for rental indoors and out. For more information about Garden rentals, please contact the Garden Events office at (512) 477-8672 x 11.



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