Austinites love the natural beauty of their city, and perhaps nowhere is that beauty so gracefully displayed as at the Zilker Botanical Garden, set on the south banks of Lady Bird Lake, not far from downtown. These 26 acres of fenced gardens are especially lovely in the spring, or almost anytime from March to October. Highlights include the Oriental Garden, created by Japanese landscape architect Isamu Taniguchi when he was 70 years old. You’ll also encounter a rose garden, a succulents garden, and children’s gardens. In April and October the Douglas Blachly Butterfly Trail is aflutter with migrating butterflies. The dinosaur tracks in the 1 1/2-acre Hartman Prehistoric Garden were discovered in the early 1900s and date back 100 million years. And if you come in spring, don’t miss the annual creation of the award-winning Woodland Faerie Trail, when Austin-area gardeners, architects, artists, families, and school groups create tiny woodland fairy houses and host tea parties, crafts workshops, and moonlight walks.