Exquisite Local Beauty - Austin, Texas Parks

If you're visiting Austin, don't ignore the gorgeous parks in the region 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 region. There are three unique places close by 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 a wonderful skyline vista of Austin. The park is open all year long, and is situated on the edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its beauty, 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 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 remains at a continual 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to get away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is surrounded by trees and meadows, and remains occupied virtually year-round. The region has a "beach-like" experience, with tanners, Frisbee players, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not odd 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 destination. This big park is an all-natural resource area where folks hike, bike, fish, and camp. A river, Onion Creek, runs via the middle of the park with a waterfall and natural pool basin at the end, making it entertainment 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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