Zilker

Run in the morning, swim in the afternoon, and walk to trendy bars in the evening in this super green Austin neighborhood.

Zilker is an enchanting neighborhood celebrated for its robust natural beauty and accessible creature comforts. Outdoor enthusiasts find endless enjoyment in nearby Barton Springs and Zilker Park, where runners, bikers, swimmers, Frisbee golfers, and kayakers share in their love for all things active. During the fall, music lovers and festival fanatics unite at the park for Austin City Limits. Beyond its namesake green space, this down-to-earth neighborhood is beloved for its proximity to late-night hotspots.

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On the Map

Zilker is bordered by Old West Austin, West Austin, Bouldin Creek, South Lamar, Downtown, Rollingwood, and Barton Hills

Bergstrom International Airport: 25 minutes by cab and 70 minutes by bus
Downtown: 12 minutes by car and 27 minutes by bus
Zilker Park: 3 minutes by car
South Congress: 9 minutes by car and 30 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Laid-Back Lifestyle In Austin's Greenest Neighborhood

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Cross the river into the city's urban forest and it's more likely you'll be parking your bike, your kayak, or your canoe.

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Green trees and blue water collide in Zilker, one of Austin's favorite neighborhoods for outdoor activities.

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Wherever you are in Zilker, Downtown's distinct urban landscape gazes over the neighborhood's green pastures.

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Modest apartment complexes are common in this ultra-active area.

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When there's so much to do outside, you don't spend much time inside.

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It's good to feel alive.

Consider walking, running, and biking this area as it offers incredible homes to admire, the famous trail on Town Lake, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Botanical Gardens, and restaurants galore."

Zilker Park: Austin's Playground

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Zilker's expansive green space, Zilker Park, remains one of Austin's premiere destinations for recreation.

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Bike in Zilker Park.

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Kayak in Zilker Park.

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Explore the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Zilker Park.

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Score in Zilker Park.

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Frolic with four legs in Zilker Park.

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For two dollars, you can take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, Texas' largest spring-fed swimming pool.

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Its aquatic allure is irresistible.

Organic Overindulgence: Dining In Zilker

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From southern comfort cantinas to straight-from-the-garden fresh squeezed juice bars, Zilker's restaurants and cafes are both funky and refined.

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Some establishments serve heavier dishes than others.

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Order slow-cooked ribs and cold slaw.

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Or drink your lunch at Juice Land.

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In Zilker, patio seating is preferred seating.

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Famous Festivals In Zilker Park

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Every autumn, Zilker Park welcomes thousands of music enthusiasts to its annual festival, Austin City Limits.

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Outdoor stages and epic sets aren't the park's only attractions. The yearly Zilker Kite Festival is held during the first weekend in March.

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In Zilker, the sky's the limit.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Mandy Harris

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Austin native Mandy Harris started framing picturesque settings when she was just nine. Though she’s enjoyed photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains and beaches of Mexico, she’s found her greatest joy capturing interior and exterior design. She divides her time between Airbnb and AL Collective, an Austin-based wedding and portrait studio. Thanks to the Neighborhoods Project, Mandy explored her hometown in a new light.

Suzanne Koett

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Suzanne Koett is a photographer and art educator living in Austin, TX. She first started in photography at age 14 in the SF Bay Area and hasn't put down the camera since. Her work has evolved, but you can still find her photographing in an occasional mosh pit. Suzanne's work oscillates between conceptual bodies of work shown in galleries and editorial essays that are published in magazines.

Nathan Michael

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I'm a photographer & designer living in Chicago, IL. I'm passionate about cultivating a culture of well-lived life through authentic community. When I'm not creating, you can find me: exploring new cities, drinking massive amounts of coffee, digging through vintage shops, enjoying the latest restaurants, and spending time with loved ones.