Austin Park Highlights

If you're going to Austin, don't ignore the gorgeous parks in the region 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 region. There are three distinctive places nearby worth a glance, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. 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 edge 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 countryside throughout the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Situated next door by 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 break away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is surrounded by trees and meadows, and remains occupied virtually year-round. The region has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee throwing, 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.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a must see vacation spot. This big park is an all-natural resource location where folks hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes through the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it fun 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 come.

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