Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're going to Austin, don't ignore the gorgeous parks in the region for splendor, 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 region. 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 picturesque park set 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 is situated on the bank of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its beauty, Zilker Park also is home to an assortment of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside during 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 continual 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 remains occupied virtually all the time. The region 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 braver souls out throughout 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 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, producing entertainment for the whole family. Wildlife is normal and abundant 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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