Austin Park Highlights

If you're traveling to Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the area for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a large 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 nearby worth a glance, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. This beautiful 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 is situated on the edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its attractiveness, Zilker Park also is home to a selection of special entertainment events 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.

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 surrounded by trees and meadows, and remains 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 uncommon to see some of Austin's courageous souls out through the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a need to see vacation spot. This large park is an all-natural resource area where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes through the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it fun for the whole family. Wildlife is normal and abundant here as well, so if you're a naturalist or enjoy to take pictures, this is certainly a place you want to come.

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