Zilfer Botanical garden is very much like the other botanical gardens. It has flowers, bamboo, and in general pretty landscaping. I reccomend going for everyone except disabled people. Children will like the dinosaurs. Couples wil like the romantic atmosphere. Anyone should be able to appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and beauty of the gardens.
You can get there by bus, but I reccomend driving if you can.
I was surprised to see this Yellow Crowned Night Heron apparently taking a snooze on the branch of a tree hanging over Barton Springs Creek along a busy walking trail in Austin's Zilker Park. The Yellow Crowned Night Heron is normally a secretive bird which prefers wooded swamps, fresh and saltwater marshes and thickets. It's range is from New England in summer to Florida and the Gulf Coast to the lower Mississippi River Valley in winter. Is this one lost - or is the bird extending it's range westward?
The only others of this species I have see have been deep in the river bottom swamps of Georgia and South Carolina.
First off, I do not want credit for this tip.. this information is directly off their website, however I have been there and would agree that their assessment is very accurate.
The Austin Nature and Science Center is a non-profit community center that provides nature exhibits and natural science education resources for individuals, Austin area teachers, and child study groups.
The center is open for public visits on Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM and Sunday, noon - 5:00 PM . If you are interested in visiting the ANSC, please read the Personal Visits & Group Tours page for more information.
Zilker Botanical Garden is ideally located in the center of Texas' capital city. The gardens are on land that is magnificently endowed by nature with handsome trees, natural grottoes, and aquatic habitats that have been integrated into a design of spectacular beauty and tranquillity. Featured gardens include a Japanese garden, xeriscape demonstration garden, rose garden, cactus garden, bedding displays, floral display garden, butterfly trail, butterfly garden, and herb & fragrance garden and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - (formerly the National Wildflower Research Center), was founded by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982. The centre moved from a former hayfield to its present 42 acre site. The grounds include numerous display gardens, themed gardens and landscaped areas. Very colourful of course, during Spring.
4801 La Crosse Ave (south of the city on I-35 Exit 227).
I don't know if people miss this or not. I wasn't aware of it the first couple of times I visited Austin. But.... Austin is home to the largest colony of bats in North America (at least that is what I was told). At dusk they take off (to feed) from the south side of one of the bridges over the Colorado River downtown. It's pretty amazing to see.
Bats! Austin has, I think, the largest colony of bats that live on a man-made stucture in North America. They are located under the Congress Bridge in Austin. They are there in the summer and the crowds meets every night to watch them take off. Ask anyone in Austin for details.