Austin Park Highlights

If you're traveling to Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Despite the fact that the city has a huge selection of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three unique places nearby worth a look, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to see. This charming park resting on over 300 acres of untarnished land is filled with tree-lined walkways and a fantastic skyline vista of Austin. The park is open all year long, and is situated on the edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, Zilker Park also is home to a variety of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside during the summer to the well-known Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Right next door to Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool stays at a constant 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to break away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is surrounded by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually year-round. The area 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 for the duration of the winter months to take a dip.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a need to see destination. This big park is an all-natural resource area where people hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, runs through the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is natural and ample here as well, so if you're a naturalist or enjoy to take pictures, this is definitely a place you want to visit.

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