Austin Nature & Science Center


In the northwestern area of Zilker Park, this center has exhibitions of native Texan mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that have been injured and nursed back to health here, but cannot be released back into the wild. There are also outdoor nature trails lined with native plants, where you'll see bats, butterflies and birds.

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1. Zilker Botanical Garden


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2. Zilker Park

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3. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

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4. Hope Outdoor Gallery

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5. SouthPop

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7. Mexic-Arte Museum

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8. Contemporary Austin

1.92 MILES

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