Austin Park Highlights

If you're traveling to Austin, don't forget about the gorgeous parks in the area for beauty, solitude, and quiet. Despite the fact that the city has a large selection 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 glimpse, even if it's a quick one.

Zilker Park is the first place to stop. This picturesque park set on over 300 acres of pristine 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 edge of Lady Bird Lake. In addition to its splendor, Zilker Park also is home to a variety of special entertainment activities throughout the year, from a kite festival in the spring to outdoor concerts on the hillside for the duration of 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 stays at a continuous 68 degrees all year, making it a refreshing cool spot to get away from the hot summer sun. The pool area is enclosed by trees and meadows, and stays occupied virtually all the time. The area has a "beach-like" experience, with sunbathers, Frisbee throwing, and readers all intermingled in and around the pool. It is also not odd to see some of Austin's adventurous souls out throughout the winter months to take a dip.

Lastly, make McKinney Park a must see destination. This massive park is an all-natural resource region where individuals 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, creating entertainment for the entire family. Wildlife is natural and abundant here as well, so if you're a naturalist or really like to take pictures, this is definitely a place you want to travel.

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