Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't overlook 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 quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to see. This beautiful 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 bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, 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 well-known Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Situated next door to Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool stays at a continuous 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 stays occupied virtually year-round. The area 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 through the winter months to take a dip.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a need to see destination. This large park is an all-natural resource area where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, streams through the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, creating entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is normal and ample here as well, so if you're a naturalist or love to take pictures, this is undoubtedly a place you want to travel.

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