Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're traveling to Austin, don't ignore the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a huge assortment of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three unique places close by worth a glimpse, even if it's a brief 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 sets on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its beauty, Zilker Park also hosts a selection of special entertainment events throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside during 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 remains at a constant 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to get 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" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's braver souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

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

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