Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're going to Austin, don't ignore the beautiful parks in the region for splendor, 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 region. There are three unique places nearby 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 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 bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, Zilker Park also hosts an assortment of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside throughout 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 break away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and remains occupied virtually all the time. The region has a "beach-like" feel, with sunbathers, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not unusual to see some of Austin's adventurous 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 area where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, streams through the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, creating fun for the total family. Wildlife is natural and abundant here as well, so if you're a naturalist or really like to take pictures, this is definitely a place you want to come.

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