Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't overlook the gorgeous parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a large assortment of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three distinctive places close by worth a look, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This picturesque park set on over 300 acres of pristine land is filled with tree-lined walkways and a fantastic skyline vista of Austin. The park is open all year long, and is situated on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, Zilker Park also hosts an assortment 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.

Right 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 surrounded by trees and meadows, and remains 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 during the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a must see vacation spot. This large park is an all-natural resource region where individuals 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, producing entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is natural and plentiful here as well, so if you're a naturalist or enjoy to take pictures, this is undoubtedly a place you want to come.

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