On Monday, Jan. 26, you can take your little dinosaur fans to Zilker Botanical Garden for an extra special treat — Dinosaurs in the Ferns Story Time. Families can meet at 10 a.m. for stories and hands-on activities during their garden adventure. Story time is a free event with paid entrance admission.


If you’ve had the chance to visit the Hartman Prehistoric Garden (within Zilker Botanical Garden), you know that it’s an amazing place to go on a dino hunt. It also sounds like a super spot for story time!

— About Hartman Prehistoric Garden:

In 1992, amateur paleontologists discovered dinosaurs once roamed the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden. More than 100 tracks made by six or seven reptiles along with the bones of an ancient turtle were found. Paleontologists studied the best methods to preserve the tracks because they were deteriorating rapidly. Researchers decided to map and make casts of the tracks, then rebury the tracks to prevent further loss from exposure. This two-acre site has since been developed as a Cretaceous habitat.  Plants in the garden represent the types that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. Plants in the garden represent the types that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. Here you’ll also find a life-sized sculpture of an Ornithomimus.

— More Upcoming Events in the Garden

— Admission
While the story time event is FREE, there is a small admission fee for entrance into Zilker Botanical Garden: $1 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (62 and over), $2 for adults, Austin resident (ages 13-61), $3 for adults, non-resident. Questions about story time? Call (512) 477-8672 xt.13.

— Hours
Story time will take place on Monday, Jan. 26 from 10-11 a.m. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

— More for Dino Fun
If you’re seeking more dinosaur-related fun in the area, check out this post:

Have a great time!