Top 200 Places: Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin

Zilker Botanical Gardens
2220 Barton Springs Drive
Texas 78746

Dogs on leash are allowed at this botanical garden. The 31 acre garden is on the south bank of the Colorado River, close to downtown Austin. Enjoy garden themes like the Fragrance Garden, Prehistoric Garden, Rose Garden, Oriental Garden and more. The grounds are usually open daily from 7am until dark. Food is not allowed in the gardens, except for certain special events. However, you can have a picnic in the adjacent dog-friendly Zilker Metropolitan Park. Admission to the garden is free. The garden is located in Zilker Park, south of Town Lake and east of MoPac (Loop 1). From MoPac (Loop 1), take the FM 2244/Rollingwood exit and follow the signs for Zilker Park. Watch for the Zilker Botanical Garden’s dark green signs. The garden is located on the left at 2220 Barton Springs.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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