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“Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. ”
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Outdoor Event Space
“Home to Barton Springs, the Zilker Eagle, a large playscape, and four hundred acres of sports fields and woodlands, Zilker Park is a popular weekend destination.”
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“Beautiful views of Austin and the lake from high atop Mount Bonnell. Great for a picnic and a hike.”
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“Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard! Run the 10-mile loop. This place is amazing”
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Other Great Outdoors
“When the water is high and weather is right, you can take a dip! Beautiful fun trails. ”
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“For the best view of downtown Austin. The pedestrian bridge off of Lamar and trails by the river are both closeby.”
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Botanical Garden
“Beautiful gardens located in Zilker Park. Go exploring. Be sure to check out the Japanese Garden.”
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“Another great state park to see. The falls are located by the airport, and are worth the trip! ”
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“In the summer months, go to the Congress Ave Bridge over Town Lake at dusk and watch the world's largest urban colony of bats take to the sky. The beauty of 1.5 million Mexican Freetail bats silhouetted against the darkening sky is breathtaking. Bring a blanket and a beverage (kept under wraps), and settle in for the show.”
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“Very cold natural springs water but worth it on a hot day :) Typically $3 to enter. ”
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“Rent kayaks and paddle boards here right on Lady Bird Lake. Check groupon for specials. ”
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“Nearby neighborhood pool. Free and open year-round. Water is heated in the winter.”
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“Nice trail that loops through the neighborhood. Check out the small orchard on the Manor Rd. side. 6+ mile loop passes several children's playgrounds, Farmer's Market on Sundays and Wednesdays and Food Truck park.”
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Scenic Lookout
“Watch the famous Austin bats fly out at dusk from atop South Congress bridge, or below! Best in the late summer months. ”
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Harbor / Marina
“Hourly boat rentals, group events & lessons for kayaks, canoes & stand-up paddle boards. Monday - Friday (7:30am - 8:30pm) 512-459-0999”
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“Here it is- Famous Texas wildflower center. Quiet and check if flowers are in bloom before going”
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