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Parks & nature in Austin

Park
“Winding park with city vistas, a night-lit fountain, a pond, walking paths & other features. Additional amenities include Auditorium Shores, The Long Center / Palmer Events, ZACH Theatre, and Butler Shores.”
35 locals recommend
Park
“City park with picnic & swimming areas 12 miles of forested trails on Lake Austin, with boat dock, barbecue pits & several swimming areas.”
24 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Penny Backer Bridge (AKA-Austin 360 bridge) is a weathered steel arch that provides scenic views for drivers, bikers & pedestrians.”
26 locals recommend
Trail
“Austinites flock to the greenbelt on a hot day. There's abundant creeks which are great for swimming. Have a picnic here or hike on the Bull Creek Greenbelt trails.”
20 locals recommend
Park
“Small neighborhood park with small swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts. If you notice a small castle hidden in the trees, it’s the former studio turned museum of Elisabet Ney, which is a great short tour.”
23 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Hike around the Greenbelt; start here if you want to see Twin Falls or swim there, and look at the stunningly beautiful trees in a less crowded place.”
26 locals recommend
Lake
“Guided Tours offer the opportunity to see Austin in a whole new way — from the Lake! Reserved Tours are great for all ages, require no previous paddling experience and are available regularly throughout the week. Offering Guided Classes that are small, beginner friendly and teach individuals how to paddle in the watersport of their choosing.​”
18 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great park to start your stroll or bike ride on the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail.”
31 locals recommend
Trail
“You're 1 mile away from one of Texas' state parks. Here you'll find several designated hiking trails. The namesake features of the park are the scenic upper and lower falls along Onion Creek. See a variety of wildlife, such as white-tail deer, raccoons, armadillos, coyote, cottontail rabbits and Fox squirrels. There are also many bird species you will see. It's best to take your car through, grab a map at the front entrance, and drive around until you find a good spot to get out and hike.”
11 locals recommend
Beach
“Great spot for a hike down to the Colorado River. You aren't technically supposed to, but you'll probably see some folks wading or swimming in the river. We wont tell you not to, but it is JUST down stream from a big city.... so....”
13 locals recommend
Park
“Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is 5.1 acre historic linear park with a prominent overlook that is one of the most visited sites in Austin. Mount Bonnell is a 775-foot-high outcrop along the eastern shore of Lake Austin. The peak of the overlook is a craggy limestone outcropping surrounded by a forested area of live oak, ash juniper, persimmon and mountain laurel that spans the slope between Mount Bonnell Road and the trails at the top of the park.”
25 locals recommend
Park
“One of the most amazing park in Austin! Jungle gyms for the kids and huge trees for shelter from the sun. This park has a pool, basketball court, and a softball field!”
20 locals recommend
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“This is where you want to go if you want to take your pup! Very large place with tons of room for dogs to run and play. A local dog-friendly favorite!”
19 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve consists of 227 acres of native Texas Hill Country habitat west of Austin, Texas in Westlake Hills. The preserve was founded in 1974. The preserve maintains 2.5 miles of hiking trails.”
14 locals recommend
Park
“Tennis courts, free pool in the summer, sand volleyball, walking path, and playground”
14 locals recommend
Beach
“Dinner, drinks, food appetizers, music, and water park. Call or check website to check hours and schedule of events *Park will be closed a few days each Summer for private parties. Please check calendar before arriving to make sure park is open to public. * YOU CAN bring your own tubes, life jackets, floaties etc to enjoy the lake and courtesy swim area *No outside alcohol, glass containers, uncooked food, pets, horseplay, or offensive behavior allowed in the water park at any time. * No age minimum for children. They have a Pirate Ship area that is wonderful for kids under 2 years of age. This area requires parent supervision. ”
13 locals recommend