Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

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

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This charming park set on over 300 acres of pristine 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 attractiveness, Zilker Park also hosts 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 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 continual 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to break away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and remains occupied virtually all the time. The region has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not unusual to see some of Austin's adventurous souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This massive park is an all-natural resource region where people hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes via the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it fun for the whole family. Wildlife is normal 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 come.

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