Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't ignore the beautiful parks in the area for splendor, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a huge 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 nearby worth a glance, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. 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 sets on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its beauty, Zilker Park also is home to a selection of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the countryside throughout the summer to the well-known 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 break away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and stays 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 unusual to see some of Austin's courageous souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a need to see vacation spot. This massive 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 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 undoubtedly a place you want to visit.

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