Unforgettable Austin Parks

If you're traveling to Austin, don't ignore the beautiful parks in the region for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Despite the fact that the city has a huge selection of entertainment and shopping complexes, the parks offer a fantastic change of pace without having to leave the region. There are three distinctive places nearby worth a look, even if it's a short one.

Zilker Park is the first place to visit. This beautiful park resting on over 300 acres of untarnished 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 splendor, Zilker Park also hosts an assortment of special entertainment events throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the countryside during the summer to the famous Austin City Limits Festival each fall.

Right next door by Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. This natural spring-fed pool remains 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 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 adventurous souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

Finally, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This massive park is an all-natural resource region 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 fun for the total family. Wildlife is natural 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 come.

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