Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't ignore the attractive parks in the region 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 region. There are three unique places close by worth a look, even if it's a brief one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. 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 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 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 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 remains occupied virtually all the time. The region has a "beach-like" feel, with sunbathers, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's courageous souls out through the winter months to take a dip.

Last but not least, make McKinney Park a must see vacation spot. This large park is an all-natural resource location where people hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, runs through the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, producing 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 definitely a place you want to visit.

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