City of Austin, TX

02/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/16/2020 10:10

Free Days at Zilker Botanical Garden

Starting in 2020, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will begin offering eight Free Days each year at Zilker Botanical Garden. The first Free Day will be Feb. 17, 2020. This change will provide more access to healthy recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

2020 Schedule of Free Days

  • Feb. 17, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • June 11, 2020
  • July 9, 2020
  • Aug. 13, 2020
  • March 28, 2020
  • May 30, 2020
  • Aug. 8, 2020

Free admission is offered year-round to individuals with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, WIC cards, STAR cards, CHIP cards, Medicaid cards, and MAP ID cards through the Museums for All Program. Up to four individuals may receive free general admission tickets for each card. By offering Free Days, PARD will provide more opportunities for Austinites and visitors to enjoy holidays, spring days, special exhibits, and school breaks at the Zilker Botanical Garden.

During the February and March Free Days, the community can enjoy the 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' exhibit. Zilker Botanical Garden is partnering with Penguin Young Readers to host the exhibit through March 22, 2020. 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic pre-school classic, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. The exhibit at Zilker Botanical Garden honors this literary milestone and is part of a national campaign to celebrate the beloved character.

About Zilker Botanical Garden

Zilker Botanical Garden-located on 26 acres nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park-is often called 'the jewel in the heart of Austin.' Theme gardens such as the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Riparian Streambed, and Rose Garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls, and Koi-filled ponds. While the Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates a Cretaceous habitat filled with plants from the time of the dinosaurs. Featuring heritage live oaks set into a hillside, the Garden offers a lush, shady respite, perfect for an urban get-away. This garden is a public-private partnership between PARD and the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy.