Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Even though the city has a large assortment 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 glimpse, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This charming park set on over 300 acres of untarnished land is filled with tree-lined walkways and a wonderful 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 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 throughout the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Right next door by Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool stays at a continual 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to get away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and stays 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 odd to see some of Austin's courageous souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a must see vacation spot. This big park is an all-natural resource region where folks 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, creating fun for the total family. Wildlife is normal and plentiful 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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