Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't forget about the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a substantial selection of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer a fantastic change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three unique places close by worth a look, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This charming park resting on over 300 acres of untarnished land is filled with tree-lined walkways and a wonderful skyline vista of Austin. The park is open all year long, and sets 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 countryside during 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 escape the hot summer sun. The pool area is surrounded by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually year-round. The area has a "beach-like" feel, with tanners, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's braver souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a need to see vacation spot. This big park is an all-natural resource area where individuals 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, creating fun for the entire family. Wildlife is normal and plentiful here as well, so if you're a naturalist or really like to take pictures, this is undoubtedly a place you want to come.

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