FAQs

Can I pay admission online?

Not currently. When you enter the garden, you can pay admission at the booth

Where do I park?

Our main parking lot can be accessed through the front entrance of the garden. In the event that overflow parking is needed, our overflow lot at 2300 Stratford drive will be open. If you park in the overflow lot, you can enter directly across the street through the Hartman Gate at the back entrance. This is a highly ornamental gate and is easily recognizable.

Please note— The Garden is currently experiencing very heavy spring visitation. To provide the easiest access and best customer service possible, we will be using the alternative parking at the back entrance on a regular basis during weekends, free days, and event days. Please follow signs to park in the gravel lot located at 2300 Stratford Drive, and walk across the street to enter the Garden through the Hartman Gate. (Please do NOT walk back to Barton Springs and up to the main/front entrance. This is a very busy road and is not safe.)

Can I rent a space at the garden for a wedding?

We’d love to have you! A variety of locations both indoors and out are available for rental. The Garden is a frequent site for weddings, meetings, memorial services, and a variety of other gatherings. Please contact us at 512-477-8672 x 11 for more information. You may also stop by the Garden to pick up a copy of the rental agreement and guidelines. We are working to get this information online and expect to have it available soon.

Are dogs allowed in the garden?

Absolutely! As long as they’re on a leash, we welcome our furry friends! We recommend that you bring your own pickup supplies. Dogs are welcome any day, except for certain special events such as the Woodland Faerie Trail by Moonlight.

What’s the policy for bikes and scooters in the garden?

Rental bikes and scooters are NOT allowed on garden grounds. They must be left outside the garden entrance. Bikes may NOT be ridden in the Garden or on the trails, and must be left properly parked in the parking lot.

What days will the garden be closed?

The garden will be closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. In addition to these days, we will also be closed during the Zilker Kite Festival and the weekends of Austin City Limits. All other days of the year will be normal hours of operation unless stated otherwise.

Can I sell my product in the gift shop?

The Chrysalis gift shop prides itself in providing local Austin products for our visitors, but sadly, we are very small. Our gift shop staff would love to speak with you about the possibility though, so please email us at giftshop@zilkergarden.org to get this process started.

What’s your photography policy?

A photography fee of $50 will be required with professional photoshoots and all portraits such as wedding, graduation, or quinceañera pictures. This fee covers the photographer and admission for one individual. The fee is not required for photography for personal use.

Can we bring food/drink in garden?

We allow all food and drink in the garden EXCEPT glass bottles and alcohol. Picnicking is allowed throughout the Garden, though we recommend the Oak Grove where you will find picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis. Although we do not have a café on site, we do sell drinks and snacks in the gift shop.