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Parks & nature in Austin

Outdoor Event Space
“Largest city park with great views to the city, where people play sports, bring dogs, have picnics, and relax. ”
845 locals recommend
“THE NUMBER 1 : MUST DO" IN AUSTIN! - 68 Degrees year round, Refreshingly cold! - Steam rises off it in the winter, cools your core in the summer. -1/8 mile long plus , Olympic pool wide”
999 locals recommend
“Amazing views of the river, please note it requires multiple steps to get there! ”
379 locals recommend
“A must-do, this famous lake is home to a wide variety of outdoors activities. Pro tip: rent a kayak, paddle board, canoe or boat around sunset time to watch 1.5+ Million bats go out from under the South Congress bridge! You may also make a reservation at a bat sightseeing boat which includes a guided tour. ”
377 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Popular hiking trail from Zilker Park running north and west along the creek bed.”
230 locals recommend
“Beautiful state park 10-15 min from the house. 2 waterfalls and swimming holes, miles of hike/bike trails, historical remains, and spring bluebonnets ”
119 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Great spot to take photos! Wonder aimlessly through the trails and over the creeks.”
125 locals recommend
“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.”
140 locals recommend
“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.”
102 locals recommend
“Amazing pool full of life and people! Water is cold, but perfect for a summer sunny day. Come and relax.”
138 locals recommend
“While you’re here take a break from all the outdoor beauty and enjoy a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, or BD Riley’s Pub, or Lick Ice Cream (for a unique experience).”
91 locals recommend
“The story of President Lyndon Baines Johnson is told through documents, photographs & mementos.”
92 locals recommend
“America's largest urbanized bat colony comes out most warm nights, and the Congress Avenue Bridge is one of the best spots to watch the action. To get an idea of timing, check out this site:”
77 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“2418 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746 Hours: Monday- Sunday 8:30am-7:00pm Rates Per Boat: M-Th/F-SUN Single Kayak: $10/HR / $15/HR Double Kayak: $15/HR / $20/HR Canoe: $20/HR / $25/HR Paddle board: $15/HR / $20/HR”
63 locals recommend
“Open dawn til dusk. Great place to rent a kayak, canoe or SUP and tour around Lady Bird Lake , or 'Townlake' as the locals call it. A fun way to watch the bats on S. Congress emerge from under the bridge at dusk! They also have moonlight serenades and 4th of July Fireworks reservation option! ”
93 locals recommend
“Just around the corner, one of the spring fed pools. With your back to the house, turn left and head down the hill to the park, then left to the pool. Easy walk as it isn't far at all.”
81 locals recommend