Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't ignore the gorgeous parks in the region for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Even though the city has a large assortment of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the region. There are three unique places nearby worth a glimpse, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. This charming park set on over 300 acres of untarnished land is filled with tree-lined walkways and an amazing skyline vista of Austin. The park is open all year long, and sets on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, Zilker Park also hosts a variety of special entertainment events throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the countryside during the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Right next door to Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool stays at a continual 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to escape the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually all the time. The region has a "beach-like" feel, with tanners, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not unusual to see some of Austin's braver souls out through the winter months to take a dip.

Finally, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This large park is an all-natural resource area where people hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes via the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it fun for the entire family. Wildlife is natural and ample here as well, so if you're a naturalist or really like to take pictures, this is undoubtedly a place you want to visit.

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