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The Zilker Botanical Garden is a 31 acres botanical garden of varied topography located on the south bank of the Colorado River near downtown Austin, Texas.  It was established as a non-profit organization in 1955 and it is the centrepiece of Zilker Park which features several independently maintained gardens with a specific attention on the following:

1.    City of Austin’s Green Garden

2.    Cactus and Succulent Garden

3.    Hartman Prehistoric Garden

4.    Herb and Fragrance Garden

5.    Isamu Taniguchi Oriental Garden

6.    Mabel Davis Rose Garden

7.    Doug Blachly Butterfly Trail and Garden

8.    Pioneer Village

The park includes excellent tourist attractions such as Zilker Hillside Theater, home to the annual Zilker Summer Musical and the excellent Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Families and friends can enjoy activities like walking and picnicking, as well as canoeing on Town Lake, while youngsters love the Zilker Zephyr miniature railway and taking a splash in the Barton Springs Pool, a huge spring-fed swimming pool open year-round.

Another garden worth visiting is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, eight kilometers from Austin’s downtown core and home to interesting architectural elements and wetlands. Also worthwhile is the Austin Nature and Science Center, a living museum with interpretive exhibits, programs, collections, and trails, as well as the Dino Pit where kids can play at being amateur archaeologists.