Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

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

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. This picturesque park resting 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 sets on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its attractiveness, Zilker Park also hosts a selection of special entertainment events throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside 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 continuous 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to escape the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually year-round. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not unusual to see some of Austin's courageous souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Finally, make McKinney Park a need to see destination. This massive park is an all-natural resource area where people 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 entertainment for the entire family. Wildlife is natural and plentiful here as well, so if you're a naturalist or love to take pictures, this is undoubtedly a place you want to visit.

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