Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the region for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a huge variety of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the region. There are three special places nearby worth a glimpse, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to see. 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 edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its beauty, Zilker Park also is home to a selection of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the countryside throughout the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Situated next door by Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool remains at a constant 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to escape the hot summer sun. The pool area is surrounded by trees and meadows, and remains occupied virtually year-round. The region has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's courageous souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This large park is an all-natural resource region where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, runs via the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is normal and plentiful here as well, so if you're a naturalist or love to take pictures, this is certainly a place you want to visit.

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