Austin Park Highlights

If you're traveling to Austin, don't ignore the beautiful parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Although the city has a large assortment 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 charming 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 rests on the edge 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.

Situated 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 year-round. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not uncommon to see some of Austin's braver souls out during the winter months to take a dip.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a have to see destination. This big park is an all-natural resource region where individuals hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, streams via the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, creating fun for the whole family. Wildlife is natural 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 come.

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