Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't overlook the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a huge selection of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer a fantastic change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three unique places close by worth a look, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This picturesque park resting 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 selection 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 remains at a continuous 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 remains occupied virtually all the time. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's courageous souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

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

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