Austin Park Highlights

If you're traveling to Austin, don't forget about the attractive parks in the area for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Even though 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 glimpse, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. This charming park resting 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 hosts 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 well-known Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Situated next door by Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool remains 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 remains occupied virtually all the time. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not unusual to see some of Austin's braver souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a need to see vacation spot. This big park is an all-natural resource region where folks hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, streams via the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, producing fun for the whole family. Wildlife is normal and abundant 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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