Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're going to Austin, don't ignore the gorgeous parks in the area for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a huge variety 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 stop. This charming 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 splendor, Zilker Park also hosts 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 by 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 escape 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" feel, with sunbathers, 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 must see destination. This big park is an all-natural resource region where folks hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes through the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it 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 definitely a place you want to visit.

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