Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're going to Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the region for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Despite the fact that the city has a huge selection of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer an exceptional change of pace without having to leave the region. There are three special places nearby worth a glimpse, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to see. This charming park set on over 300 acres of untarnished 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 attractiveness, Zilker Park also is home to a variety of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the countryside for the duration of the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Right next door to Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool stays 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 stays occupied virtually all the time. The region has a "beach-like" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not odd to see some of Austin's courageous souls out through the winter months to take a dip.

Finally, make McKinney Park a need to see destination. This massive park is an all-natural resource region where people 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, making it fun for the whole family. Wildlife is natural and ample 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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