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Parks & nature in Austin

Outdoor Event Space
“This is Zilker Park! Zilker park is a massive park just south of downtown. Great place for dogs, families, makeshift sporting events (frisbee, volleyball, yoga etc.). This is also where ACL music festival is held - there's a great view of the downtown skyline pretty much from any place on the ACL side of the park!”
804 locals recommend
Pool
“If you’re hot, go here!! Natural spring water stays 67 degrees Fahrenheit year-round in this naturally fed pool (so its VERY refreshing in the summer and steamy in the winter!). No food or drink is allowed (water is ok) or music so it is very serene and everyone is respectful of each other’s space. ”
952 locals recommend
Lake
“Want to get outside and go for a walk? Check out town lake! Go for a short or long walk (the full loop is 12 miles) but you can make it as short or long as you want. Catch some fresh air and walk through the center of the city at the same time!”
355 locals recommend
Mountain
“Hike up to get a great view of Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge. Sunrise, sunset, or the middle of the day.....you can't beat this view”
371 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Connect with the green belt anywhere it winds along to experience the natural limestone rock formations and great him, bike , and walk trails. ”
217 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Great spot to take photos! Wonder aimlessly through the trails and over the creeks.”
120 locals recommend
Trail
“Open for day & overnight use all year Popular site for camping, hiking, biking & fishing, & for "Old Baldy," a 500+-year-old cypress tree.”
108 locals recommend
Park
“Stop along the Trail to people watch, snap a photo with our Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and just take in the best view of downtown. Located at the mid-point of “Austin’s crown jewel”, the Butler Hike and Bike Trail (AKA “The Trail”). Also boasts some of the best and most photographable views of downtown.”
135 locals recommend
Pool
“The jewel of Austin is this spring-fed pool. The back entrance is right down the hill from our Guest Room.”
137 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a popular place to visit to see all the native flowers and plants of Texas. It is especially busy in the springtime when bluebonnets begin blooming.”
99 locals recommend
Playground
“Mueller Lake Park is, hands down, the most beautiful park in Austin, in my opinion. It has a wonderful playground for the kids across from the Thinkery kids museum, plus beautiful trails alongside a gorgeous lake. There’s even a food park area and an amphitheater where locals play/teach bocce ball. ”
82 locals recommend
Field
“Cool to experience in person - The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.”
92 locals recommend
Bridge
“Home to the largest urban bat colony in the U.S. Crowds gather at dusk to watch thousands and thousands fly off into the sunset.”
71 locals recommend
Pool
“Nearby neighborhood pool. Free and open year-round. Water is heated in the winter.”
72 locals recommend
Lake
“Check out the city skyline from a whole new perspective. Rent by the hour or day, paddle, kayak or canoe on the peaceful river through downtown. ”
87 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens and nature trail overlooking Lake Austin. Also home to a large family of peacocks.”
78 locals recommend