If your partner is into bridges, lush gardens and beautiful flowers then you should definitely consider proposing at the Zilker Botanical Gardens. But there are two locations that make for the best backdrops so which should you choose for your Zilker Botanical Garden proposal?
Austin is a natural, casual town so getting dressed up to go to a nature center doesn’t really make a lot of sense. However, if you combine a trip to the garden with dinner or brunch downtown, putting on nicer duds than just workout clothes makes sense.
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER.. ERR.. LOCATION.
Does your special person like bridges? I mean, what’s more romantic than a garden with a bridge?
The first place I like to photograph proposals is in the Japanese Gardens.
The Japanese Gardens are a serene place with beautiful ornamental flowers, trees and a cute gazebo. The location you’re looking for is a hidden wooden footbridge that crosses over a koi pond, eliminating any chance of someone walking into our shot. You’ll feel like you’re in a Monet painting, or just someone’s immaculate gardens.
Just like Sam & Ariana’s morning proposal.
Did you know Dinosaurs once roamed Austin? I definitely did not until I read about this location at a recent proposal. In 1992, amateur paleontologists discovered dinosaurs once roamed the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden.
Another popular place for guys to propose at the Zilker Botanical Garden is in the Prehistoric Garden with the waterfall as a backdrop. This is one of the more popular photography spots and we will have to deal with on-lookers. Since it is a public garden, and a popular selfie spot there is a slight chance someone will ruin the photo.
THE OTHER MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: PARKING
Austinites love to complain about parking. Most popular south Austin locations have small lots and not a lot of street parking. This is where my suggestion for taking a ride share comes in to play.
Parking for Zilker Botanical Garden is available at the main entrance, located at 2220 Barton Springs Road. This lot is very small and unless you’re there early, or on a weekday it will likely fill up.
Overflow parking is located on Stratford Drive, to the east of the garden. Directions to the overflow lot will be given to visitors when you arrive at the gates. To give you a visual, the parking is located directly north of the garden across from the “Rose Gate” at the entrance to the Hartman Prehistoric Garden.
The “Rose Gate” is opened when the overflow lot is opened, however during DST the “Rose Gate” closes at 5:00 p.m.
During the winter (non DST – November through March), the gate closes at 3:30 p.m. Plan your session time accordingly and let me know if you have any questions.
SOME BASIC LOGISTICAL INFO YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFOREHAND
- Admission is $6 for residents, $8 for non-residents. (They don’t check- play it cool)
- $50 photography session fee + 1 admission cost
- HOURS: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Last entry at 4:30pm
- No alcoholic beverages allowed.
- Pack out what you bring in.