Hours & Admission

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Summer camps and school groups please contact education@zbgconservancy.org before your visit

Garden Hours

9 AM-6 pM

The Garden is open 9 AM-5 PM in the Fall/Winter, 9 AM-6 PM daily in the Spring/Summer. The final entry is 30 minutes prior to closing. The Garden is open to the public 7 days a week, year-round.

Annual Garden Closures: New Year’s Day, ABC Kite Fest, The Fourth of July, ACL weekends 1 & 2, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


Becoming a member today allows you unlimited access to the Garden for the next year as well as reciprocal access to all American Horticulture Society gardens: 330-plus gardens, arboretum, and conservatories in the country, including Lady Bird Wildflower Center in Austin. In order to access your member discounts, be sure to register or sign in when signing up for garden visits and programs.

Admissions and Tickets

ADA access is limited and wheelchairs are not available for rent. Accessible parking is available at the Barton Springs entrance located at 2220 Barton Springs. Rd.

Free Day admission can be reserved via the General Admission button above.

Admission Prices

Members – Free
Children (ages 2 & Under) – Free

Austin Residents
Youth – (ages 3 & 17) – $3
Adults – (ages 18 & 61) – $6
Seniors – (ages 62 & Over) – $5

Non-Austin Residents
Youth – (Ages 3 & 17) – $4
Adults – (Ages 18 & 61) – $8
Seniors – (Ages 62 & Over) – $

General Admission

GA tickets cover residents and non-residents of Austin. To purchase general admission tickets, click the button above. When you arrive at Zilker Botanical Garden, present the e-ticket received via email. In order to receive the local discount online, you will need to register as a local constituent on our ticketing site. You can also receive the local discount by showing your id to a staff member upon arrival. 

Museums for All

Zilker Botanical 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. Maintaining affordable access for everyone is a top priority for ZBG. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free access to Zilker Botanical Garden. Upon arrival, you will also be asked to present your EBT card. 


Zilker Botanical Garden participates in the American Horticulture Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) which entitles you to special admission privileges and discounts at 330+ gardens throughout North America. Present your current membership card at the admissions counter.  Please remember that the gardens you visit rely on admission and donations to maintain their collections and gardens for all to enjoy, so please consider making a contribution on your visit. Thank you for your interest and support of  Public Gardens. Follow this link to learn more.


Parking onsite is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow parking can be found on Stratford Dr. during peak visitation days like Free Days. The gravel parking lot located at 2300 Stratford Dr. is used as the Garden’s overflow parking during special events, free days, and weekends. From March 1-Labor Day weekend, Zilker Park pay stations will be active. Upon arrival to the Garden guests will be directed based on availability.


Interested in renting a space at the Garden? Follow this link to learn more.

Garden Tours

Join us as we venture through Zilker Botanical Garden from the Taniguchi Japanese Garden to the Hartman Prehistoric Garden and all in between. Tours occur every second Saturday of the month. Each tour begins at the flag poles in front of the Garden Center at 11 am and lasts about 60 min. Free with admission. Interested in a free audio tour? Scan the QR codes found throughout the Garden to learn about each themed area.


Your ticket purchase helps support the mission of Zilker Botanical Garden, so please note the Garden does not provide refunds; however, admission at a later date due to weather or schedule conflict is allowed. Contact info@zbgconservancy.org  if you need to change the date of your visit. 

Free Days at the Zilker Botanical Garden

Free Days for 2024: January 15, February 19, March 12, April 28, July 14, September 7, November 11, December 26

On Free Days, no admission price is required, but donations are always welcome. You can reserve admission for free days via the General Admission button above.

The Garden is a sanctuary, a place to be in touch with the seasons and refresh our spirits. That is why the City of Austin in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department offers “free days” to  Zilker Botanical Garden, thus waiving visitor fees. 

Please enjoy your visit! At the admission kiosk, staff will scan your ticket from your phone or printed receipt to allow entrance to the garden. If there are multiple people in your party, ensure they have their tickets prior to arrival. Be sure your entire party checks in together during the time frame purchased. Re-entry is not currently permitted. 

map View a map of gardens here.