Austin Park Highlights

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

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. 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 edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, 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 hillside for the duration of 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 get 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 players, 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.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a need to see vacation spot. This large park is an all-natural resource region where people hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, goes through the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, creating entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is natural and plentiful 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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