Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't overlook the gorgeous parks in the area for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a large variety of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer a fantastic change of pace without having to leave the area. There are three special places close by worth a glimpse, 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 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 splendor, Zilker Park also is home to a variety of special entertainment events 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.

Right next door by 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 surrounded by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually year-round. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's braver souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Finally, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This large park is an all-natural resource region where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, runs via the center of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, creating fun for the whole 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 visit.

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